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View Poll Results: Will you continue to brew dispite the price increase
Yes of course 187 89.90%
No way 2 0.96%
I might take a temporay hiatus 5 2.40%
What price increase? 14 6.73%
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:42 PM   #11

No changes planned for me either. I love brewing too much to give it up just because the cost is increasing. Plus I love the beer I make too much to give it up for commercial beer again.


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Old 11-21-2007, 04:46 PM   #12
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I will definitely keep brewing, price isn't even in my way of thinking. I am starting to invest more in big bags of specialty grains to bring my costs down a little bit more by buying everything in bulk. I have always bought base malt in the big bags though.


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Old 11-21-2007, 04:50 PM   #14
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Ain't about the money, it never has been. If it were, I'm already so far in the hole...

Commercial beer prices ARE going up. Sammy took a huge hit on their margins last quarter, but other companies have been successful at bumping their prices up. I see a helluva lot more $8 and $9 sixers these days, stuff that seems like it used to be $6 or $7.
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:56 PM   #15
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I'll keep brewing. But I'll definately look into organized bulk buys with other brewers in my area.

I may actually drink less beer in the coming year, mostly to lose weight

 
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:57 PM   #16
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I will continue to brew as time and money allows. You can't figure an hourly rate into a hobby. What's next charging yourself for a hike or fishing trip.

 
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:57 PM   #17
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If you thinik that your hiatus would be a temporary one, I believe you are wrong. The prices are not going to come down. With the push towards ethanol fuels and subsequently corn, other grains are going to be raised less and less, thus keeping the prices up.
I don't brew to save money. I brew because I love it. I don't care what it costs.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:00 PM   #18
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I'll continue to brew, it's a hobby, a form of entertainment. I certainly don't do it for any savings. With my PM setup, I'm about a wash with buying 6ers in the store. I enjoy the time spent coming up with a recipe, brewing, and sampling as it ages into usually a very tasty brew. It's even better when a buddy and I split a batch and I have someone to brew with.

 
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:22 PM   #19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bernie Brewer
If you thinik that your hiatus would be a temporary one, I believe you are wrong. The prices are not going to come down. With the push towards ethanol fuels and subsequently corn, other grains are going to be raised less and less, thus keeping the prices up.
I don't brew to save money. I brew because I love it. I don't care what it costs.
I keep hoping that someone in Washington will come to grips with reality and realize that using 7 barrels of oil to get 8 barrels of ethanol and using 1700 gal. of water the get 1 single gal. of ethanol is a poor use of scarce resources. From what I understand there is starting to be a pushback against these centrally planned govt. mandates.

But I'm probably just as alone in that thinking as well.

I see these commercial brews which I like very much as a bargain that is probably going to be short lived. So just like the folks that were smart enough to stock up on grain which I missed out on. I'm now stocking up on commercial brews I see as a bargain.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:55 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Joe Dragon
We take a fishing trip to Minnesota every year that costs about $400 per person for everything- excluding the boat and gear. The lake we go to (Vermilion) now allows you to bring home 4 walleye in a slot limit- do the math. You could buy caviar cheaper.

A decent all grain batch with dry yeast is well under $20 so it’s 40 cents a beer- and YOU made it. I grow my own grapes and make wine but it aint for the cost savings. Home brewing is definitely discretionary spending.

I did do the math

12# of grain @ $1.70/# = $20.40
2 oz. hops = $ 2.50
Lp gas @ $3/gal = $ 5.33
dry yeast = $ 1.95
water usage approx. = $ 1.00
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$31.18 / 53 beers = $0.59 / beer

I was brewing at $0.40 per beer but it looks like those days are over.

And I can buy very good commercial beer at $0.89 / beer

I like brewing I guess I just don't love it. Too many other things to do with my precious time right now. I was injured when I started brewing now I'm healthy again. It was a great hobby to keep me occupied when I was limited in the things I could do. Now those limitations are lifted and I feel like I'm being gouged on the price increases.


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