Originally Posted by Whattawort
A full time job, a 3 year old, and my day to day responsibilities kinda prohibit me from brewing as much as you seem to do. I don't think being lazy has much to do with it in my case. It's not unheard of for my pipeline to get low or dry before another brew day comes around. I know for a fact that I won't be brewing until after new year because there's so much going on. Sounds like you could have donated all that beer you dumped to some local Christmas parties or at least put out a notice of availability to your friends. I think my friends would have hung me high if they knew I did something like that. How much $$ did all that beer cost you to brew? If you know you're not going to drink it all, why even make that much?
Effed up indeed.
Of course I didn't know I wasn't going to drink it. Sometimes you just get tired of something. In the summer I made 20g of that same pilsner. So yea, I drank plenty of it. I also made 20g of the Octoberfest. I had company for the recent holidays and we drank half of it. The sour... I have more sour in bottles than I'll drink for a long time.
I don't brew as much as I would like, but I do brew large batches. Brewing very early is how I get it done before my family wakes. I get the strike water heating before 5 and I'm cleaned up before my family heads to church (I brew Sunday mornings). This has worked great for me through my kids growing up - try it!
I've got an electric system (no propane) I built that is very very efficient. Re-using yeast and buying bags of grain from the local nano and bulk hops keeps my costs very low too. So, while I don't like to throw money away, it's not quite as bad as you are suggesting. That keg of pilsner was 10# of grain and 2oz of Saaz. That's about $8. That's a small price to pay to open up the brewing schedule again.
I think I am very generous with my beer. Believe me, if I could have found someone to drink it, I'd have gladly given it away. It's a lot easier to do that with bottled beer than kegs. I've got a new keezer that I just built (perlicks are getting installed in the next day or 2) and it's going to have beer that I want to drink in it.