« on: September 27, 2016, 08:33:38 PM »
You need to get pretty deep into the hobby to make pro-quality beer (mash tun, fermentation temperature management, a stir-plate, etc.). Most homebrewers never get that far. But once you have bought all those supplies, you can brew two kegs' worth of almost any non-sour, non-hop bomb for under $.50/pint. If you just don't care about that, you are a lot less likely to stay in the hobby when you start earning grown-up money.
I disagree with most of this. I don't spend barely a dime on new equipment yet can compete with the rest of 'em. Also I don't really care about the cost per bottle. I homebrew because I love the process and the creativity of it. That will never change, even though I make 6 figures. Many of my other friends making great money (including a doctor and a lawyer) aren't doing this to save money.
And you and those friends are examples of people who will stay in the hobby regardless of circumstance. I think I am, too. But I think many of the people quitting and causing the homebrewing bubble to burst are people who brewed more when they had more time and less money.