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Old 01-18-2013, 03:20 AM   #21
Nov 2012
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I'm drinking less here because even though I'm new at this I find my brews to be much more gratifying than the commercial beers I'm used to drinking, so I need less. Also everything I've brewed so far have been hopped beers, and even though I enjoy them, my taste buds can only handle one or two at the most before being overwhelmed.

I'm also conscious of the weight gain potential, so I also am trying to practice a little self-discipline.

I anticipate drinking more in the summer though, and I need to find a few lighter, crisp session beers to brew.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:33 AM   #22
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If you're the kind of guy like me who wants a beer at the end of the day (and usually has one, and one only), but does not frequently purchase beer due to odd working hours or etc. This can also be affected by economics, as in, i was a student about three years ago, and I'd drink almost exclusively my own homebrew, because for the price of a 24 I'd be able to crank out a batch of really good dark ale that'd last me three to six months.

If you fit the above, then yes, you will drink more.

Not because you're suddenly in a wealth of brew and can afford to toss a few back, but because you now have the stock on hand to go from "Y'know, a beer would go good with this pizza" to "Hold on, gotta grab one from the fridge"

Your consumption will almost definitely rise a little bit to start, but shouldn't be more than having a beer on a night you were too lazy to drive to the store.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:11 AM   #23
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I think I actually drink less because it has a better taste and is often way more potent than retail brands. I chill mine almost to the point of freexing and serve it up in a chilled 1 liter german beer mug and it seems to last longer because I am enjoying the nuances of the flavores I added when I brewed it. So it tend to swig and sip rather than guzzle and chug, But thats just me....
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:20 AM   #24
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In my case, I brew more cause I drink more...gotta keep that pipeline full.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:33 AM   #25
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Once my beer consumption peaked I started brewing...

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:40 AM   #26
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My consumption didn't change after I started brewing... after having a kid though, it's gone down, she keeps me jumping!

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:01 PM   #27
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My beer consumption has jumped to about 4 times what I used to. However this is only a temporary thing; I started brewing in November, used to only drink wheat beers, right now I'm looking for other beer styles I like and if I did not start exploring beer I would get board brewing the same thing repeatedly.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #28
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I def thing I tended to drink a lil more now like I did when I was younger. Loved beer flavor. Now That It finally hit home that beer weakens bones (partly from watching "bones"),I stopped drinking during the week,saving it for weekends. I have a bit less pain from some bad joints/pinched nerves & the L2 disc.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #29
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In my case, yes, I drink more. Increasing enjoyment makes me want to drink more of it. Making it tough to keep in svelte shape...

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #30
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I don't think my beer consumption has increased since I've started brewing, but as others said it changed my tastes to more expensive beer. That is not to say I don't occasionally enjoy a BMC type beer now and then, but basically since I started brewing, if I do go to the store to buy beer, my personal little rule is if I buy a 6-pack of something, it must be something I've never had before or one of my new goto beers that I've discovered since I started brewing, such as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Really I do this to see if I want to brew something along that style or not.

I remember in college that I disliked beers that were hoppy, I thought drinking a Bud was going for the heavy stuff. Now, I seek beers with character, flavor, and hops. So while it may not have really increased my beer consumption, I've never been a big beer drinker to begin with, its changed what I like to drink more than anything.

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