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Old 11-10-2011, 02:44 PM   #21
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I probably spend MORE on commercial micros of an expensive nature since I started homebrewing....it's called research.

Especially hanging out on here, you read about so many interesting beers that you just have to try. You want to brew a new style, so you have to try a bunch of different versions. You want to make a clone of something so you have to keep buying to try to nail it. You have a full pipeling, with 3-4 beers drinkable, but you just happen to be in the mood for a double chocolate bourbon jalapeno porter, so you drop 12 bucks for a bomber of it.

When you start brewing your beery horizons broaden so much, you really can't escape buying beer.

Last winter for example I was trying to get a feel for the bock style of beer, and looking at brewing one, in one weeks time I bought 3 different sixers of it, one of them was 14.00 for the six- Bell's Celebrator Dopplebock.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:17 PM   #22
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Yuengling Lager....I live 30mins from the brewery so there is a bit of hometown loyalty. There is also a great place near me called Union Jacks Inn on the Manatawny. The only "regular beers" they have are Yuengling Lager, and Miller lite. The other 200 or so are craft brews from all over the world. It's nice that almost any style I want to try is only 15 mins away!!!(great food too) And it's on the way to the LHBS.....life is good

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:26 PM   #23
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When I try making styles I've never brewed before I'll try to pick a few up. I started making lagers fairly recently. For many of them there aren't a lot of commercial examples available here so I've been spending a lot on paulaner and kostrizter (sp?).

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #24
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stone IPA are like old friends that I can count on.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:19 PM   #25
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I still buy craft beer all the time. Nothing in particular just what ever sounds good in the moment. I also don't have a constant pipeline for home brew going yet though. Usually I don't brew again until I run out of the last batch. So I'll go a 1-2 month period with no homebrew.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:30 PM   #26
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I probably spend MORE on commercial micros of an expensive nature since I started homebrewing....it's called research.
Yep, I wasn't aware I was supposed to cut down my purchases when I started brewing.

Was there a sticky about this?!?!?
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:33 PM   #27
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I see a lot of love for Switchback... every time I've had it it's been a mess of diacetyl mixed with a healthy dose of acetalaldehyde. My buddy loves that it's on tap at a ton of little places near him (NH). Maybe it's just inconsistent and I have bad luck?
I live down the road from switchback. I love it when it is good, but their product is highly inconsistent. Sometimes it is downright delicious, sometimes it is watery and sometimes it is a mess. At its best it is a bit chewy, but refreshing with a nice fruity ester undertone.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:41 PM   #28
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So many beers out there I haven't tried yet. I'm sure there is one or two that will become my new obsession to try and clone. Just have to keep finding them.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:01 PM   #29
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I would think anything new to you would be a good choice as well as something very unique and/or heavy that you may not want 5-15 gallons of.

 
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:02 PM   #30
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Casks are always intersting too

 
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