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Old 02-27-2008, 07:26 PM   #1
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Since I've built my kegerator, I've been trying to figure out the best way to control how much people drink at parties. With bottles I could control this, but with the kegs I don't know what to do. I don't want to be a dick about it, but at the same time I don't want people to waste me beer.

The only idea I had was to post the following rules over the taps:

There is only a finite amount of each beer, so to make sure that there is plenty for everyone, please follow these two simple rules:

1. This beer is for enjoying. If you are trying to get wasted, there is other alcohol here that is better suited to your goals.
2. If you take it, drink it. If you don’t know if you will like it, take a small sample and then come back for more.


Do you think these will make any difference? Would anyone be offended if they saw these above a kegerator?



 
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by robnog
Since I've built my kegerator, I've been trying to figure out the best way to control how much people drink at parties. With bottles I could control this, but with the kegs I don't know what to do. I don't want to be a dick about it, but at the same time I don't want people to waste me beer.

The only idea I had was to post the following rules over the taps:

There is only a finite amount of each beer, so to make sure that there is plenty for everyone, please follow these two simple rules:

1. This beer is for enjoying. If you are trying to get wasted, there is other alcohol here that is better suited to your goals.
2. If you take it, drink it. If you don’t know if you will like it, take a small sample and then come back for more.


Do you think these will make any difference? Would anyone be offended if they saw these above a kegerator?
I think those rules are fair and well stated. Another thing I would do is use small glasses for serving. My pint glasses, especially the 20oz's, don't come out for most parties. Most of my friends won't waste it though if they know I brewed it...


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Old 02-27-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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I don't open my taps to all who come over. Certain of my friends know that they can pull a pint anytime that they want, but for the most part I don't even tell people that I have a kegerator.

I'm a stingy bastid.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:35 PM   #4
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In my experience, posting rules won't matter. Just lie and say the kegs are kicked when you feel you've served enough.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
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I don't open my taps to all who come over.
I pity the fool who won't share his brew!
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:38 PM   #6
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I agree...smaller glasses are the answer...
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:43 PM   #7
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I would be pretty put off if I were invited to a party and saw a sign like that over any alcohol that was for guest consumption. I would consider it being a bad host.

I think that if you're putting something out for your guests then it's pretty tacky to try to tell them how they should consume it. I understand your concern, but I would say either just put some small sampler cups with an easily visible sign declaring them as such, or make the kegs off-limits.

Just my 2cents....

 
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:44 PM   #8

I use 360ML glasses (basically enough to hold a commercial beer bottles worth) rather than pint glasses when I have people over. I make sure anyone new knows that if you pull a glass you have to drink it all, no partial glasses left laying around because it's all made by me over many weeks. Nobody has a problem with that and respects my hard work. If they didn't I'd probably have to wonder about having them as a friend frankly.

And I definitely don't see anything wrong with posting some simple rules. My friends know my HB is a limited resource and don't use it just to get drunk either.

Ultimately it's your hard work and investment they're enjoying, if you want to control how it is dispensed, that's your business and they should just say thank you for what you're willing to give them.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:45 PM   #9
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If you don't want it drank, then don't offer it.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:47 PM   #10
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How about brewing more!
Seriously though...if you don't want it consumed, don't offer. Take the handles off, get tap locks, etc. Luckily I'm a loser and have no friends...my beer is MINE!!! HA HA HA. And SWMBO's of course.



 
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