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Old 06-01-2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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Assuming that you have drinkable homebrew around the house, do you buy beer (brewpub or larger) anymore? If so what are you buying?
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:04 AM   #2
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Oh yeah! I buy it all the time! I keep some Bud Light on hand for my BMC-sworn friends, and I try to grab a six pack or 22 oz bottle of anything I've never tried before, especially if it's by a known brewery (Stone, Rogue, anything Belgian, Samuel Smith, etc, etc). Those commercial beers usually become the inspiration for one of my next brews.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:07 AM   #3
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Yeup. I also try and keep some Cascade draught (fizzy pop) in the fridge for my BMC peoples. I also buy Cascade Premium Light for when I am on call.

I also buy GOOD beers, especially if they are in good bottles. It is nice sometimes to drink a beer knowing that somebody else has done the work and you get a nice bottle at the end of it to put your good stuff in
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I very rarely buy commercial brew if I have homebrew available because SWMBO won't let me. But if I run out of homebrew between batches I'll go out and buy something thats on sale. Its hard to drink crappy beer though because I think my taste buds are spoiled from all the delicious homebrew I drink.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:35 AM   #5
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I buy more than I should. Before I started homebrewing, I would drink pretty much the same thing (Big Rock Traditional) all the time, and not very much of it. Now that I have been exposed to the world of endless brewing possibility, I can't help but sample and resample craft brews, imports, old favourites, etc.

The ironic part of it is that I got into homebrewing to save money on beer! Yeesh, that plan backfired! Sure, the ingredients for a batch of pale ale cost me about $10 now, but 'the hobby' has become expensive, and those imports aren't cheap either.

But you know what -- no complaints from me! I love it all! SWMBO -- now that's a different story!
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it is called research I do a lot of that...
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i try to pick up a belgian beer i've never tried before every weekend. pickins are getting slim

if someone doesn't like my beer or homebrew, they can drink my roomates pbr, screw 'em. or i'll make white russians
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:15 AM   #8
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I really like the one bottle shop near my mom's house because you can mix and match the beers you want to buy. Very good from trying different beers without comitting to buying 6, 12, or 24 of stuff you might not like. Sadly that type of store isn't near me... mostly 6ers of AB or Miller products... I can still get good beer from the 2 craft breweries in town though so it isn't all bad.
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I buy different beer all the time. Since I started hombrewing last year, I probably have only bought the same six pack more than once on three different beers. As Dibby says, research. I will probably rely less on commercial beer once my production goes up and I start kegging, but before I try to brew a style, I like the commercial version to give me a point of reference.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:31 AM   #10
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Yep

+1 for research. What better way to decide what to brew next.
also anytime I am low on bottles for an upcoming or aging brew.
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