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View Poll Results: How many batches do you have right now, from ingredients to beer in the keg/bottle?
31+ 4 3.96%
21-30 8 7.92%
11-20 21 20.79%
6-10 36 35.64%
5 or less 24 23.76%
Purchase, brew, drink, in that order. 8 7.92%
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default How much beer/ingredients do you keep on hand?

I just got a shipment of grain today and I counted up. I have 20 different batches in various states ranging from weighed and bagged but uncrushed recipes to nearly kicked kegs, all outlined in my sig down there. It occurred to me that this equates to approximately 6 months worth of beer, and I began to wonder if I was crazy. I tend to get a big stash of grain because I have a brewing budget each month so on the first of the month I place an order for whatever misc brewing items I need and spend the rest of the budget on recipes leaving some left for propane and CO2. Sometimes I end up buying grain when I still have three batches that I haven't brewed. I know some of you buy base grain in bulk but I really enjoy having BMW weigh, bag, and seal it for me so I can skip straight to crushing on brewday.


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Old 01-06-2010, 12:54 AM   #2
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I have the hops blended and ready for my competition brews for the year.
Next week, I'll start picking up the grains and yeast.

Santa brought me a pair of new igloo coolers and a SP-10.
Time to retire the old chili-cookoff burner and brew kettles.... ( well, at least store them for the summer months )


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Your grain is alive and it only keeps so long.

Also, don't attract attention. You can only brew 100 gallons a year for personal consumption without a commercial liscense. That is a federal law.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:33 AM   #4
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Your grain is alive and it only keeps so long.

Also, don't attract attention. You can only brew 100 gallons a year for personal consumption without a commercial liscense. That is a federal law.
200 gallons a year if you happen to have a spouse or other adult living in your home.

I don't know for sure, but I checked "31+". I have well over 175 pounds of base malt, many packages of dry yeast, about 6 strains of liquid yeast, plenty of specialty grains and at least 10 pounds of hops in the freezer right now. I want to be able to brew whatever I want, whenever I want.

I don't know about grain being "alive"- mine are in airtight containers so I think it's "bug-proof".
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I keep a lot of beer and ingredients on hand and usually get within about 50 gallons of my annual limit. However, simply asking about the number of batches is a bit misleading. I have enough on hand to brew over 100 gallons of beer, but that's only 6-7 batches for me.
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I have roughly 225lbs of grain and 5lbs of hops. I checked 21-32.
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I have 6 this morning and came home any my newest order from Austin came in so now I have 8.... we counting wine or apfelwein in on this too?

200 gallons with spouse... and I figure the kids should be able to brew as well and age it till they are of age to consume it. Right? Right?
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Nope. 100 gallons per adult in the household...but only up to 200 gallons max.
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I picked 11-20. I have 16 batches in carboys/kegs/bottles and 60lbs of base malt, maybe 7-8lbs of specialty grain, a few pounds of hops and a couple mason jars of washed 1056 on hand.
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Not too much. 1.5 lb's of different hops in the freezer. I take the winter off since its too damn cold to use the brew sculpture outside so I will start prepping my schedule around march


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