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Buying Beer
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:08:12 AM »
I haven't bought any beer in a couple weeks but have been working on a selection of what I have brewed up.

Aaah... Freedom from the $8.99 sixpack! How sweet it is... ;D

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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2012, 06:20:54 AM »
I'm about to be back in my "sweet spot' once  I get my newest beers carbonated and on tap.  I need variety and I'm down to 6 different beers on tap, but I've got a rye pale, porter and my 2 fruit brett beers about to go online so then I'll be a happy man again.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 06:27:43 AM »
+1
I did buy some SA Longshot a few days ago but other searching out something specific like that I haven't had need for a trip to a local beer stores in years.  I still manage to spend plenty at out-of-state stores when on trips though.

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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012, 07:35:41 AM »
I hadn't bought any beer in several months. Last month I bought a 6 of Sam Adams Red Ale, a 6 of Odell's Red ale, and a 6 of Sam Adams Alpine Spring...the tab came to $28. I thought "geeze I could have had 50 beers for less than that". I don't think I will be buying beer other than my 2 pints when I go out anymore.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 07:41:44 AM »
I buy beer more than I'd like.  I usually have 2 beers on tap and they're usually staggered because I don't have space to carbonate a keg while those two are on.  I'd like to only drink my beer, but it's habit for me to buy a six pack of something when I'm not feeling what I have on tap.  But I think I'm getting better.
Someday I'll have the capacity for have 4 beers on tap, that would be the sweet spot for me I think.  This is also why I brew 3 gallon batches, so I can have variety as I tend to get tired of a beer about halfway through a 5 gallon batch.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012, 08:02:16 AM »
I still buy the occasional 6-pack if something catches my eye in the beer isle.  But I have five on tap right now so I won't be buying any for awhile.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 08:08:47 AM »
I like to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in 12 ounce cans.  I figure that the factory can make it cheaper than any clone I could come up with.

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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012, 08:42:49 AM »
I like to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in 12 ounce cans.  I figure that the factory can make it cheaper than any clone I could come up with.
I have some of that, really nice American lager.
I buy beer more than I'd like.  I usually have 2 beers on tap and they're usually staggered because I don't have space to carbonate a keg while those two are on.  I'd like to only drink my beer, but it's habit for me to buy a six pack of something when I'm not feeling what I have on tap.  But I think I'm getting better.
Someday I'll have the capacity for have 4 beers on tap, that would be the sweet spot for me I think.  This is also why I brew 3 gallon batches, so I can have variety as I tend to get tired of a beer about halfway through a 5 gallon batch.
Why can't you charge a cornie at room temp and then put the gas back on the serving kegs?  A few charges at 25-30psi over the course of 3 or 4 days and you're most of the way there.

I still buy some beer just to try new things, but I find that it sits around quite awhile.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2012, 09:09:26 AM »

Why can't you charge a cornie at room temp and then put the gas back on the serving kegs?  A few charges at 25-30psi over the course of 3 or 4 days and you're most of the way there.

I still buy some beer just to try new things, but I find that it sits around quite awhile.
Not sure I could get myself to keep up with that.  I don't know...
I'm realizing that as long as I brew often enough to have 2 kegs on tap and one in a keg (uncarbonated) waiting to go on after a keg blows, I only have to wait a few days for the new one to carbonate.  It's a balance thing, sometimes I have to brew when I don't feel up to it.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2012, 09:11:05 AM »
I buy beer because there is so much good stuff out there and appreciate what some of them do. That and my time is limited as are the amount of bottles I have on hand.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2012, 11:18:15 AM »
Haha another good thing is that my recycle bin is much much lighter when I'm not filling it up with commercial empties!

Not to bash commercial beer but I'm beginning to find it boring. PBR excepted of course!

Which reminds me: gotta brew two batches this weekend!
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2012, 11:28:38 AM »
I still buy beer a lot. Although I don't buy a lot of any one thing.  There's a barrel load of really great inspired brews out there, as well as a bunch of, meh.  I like drinking my beer, other homebrewer's beer, quality pro beer and exploring styles I'm not familiar with or have been averse to in the past.  Stay thirsty my friends.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2012, 11:36:40 AM »
I buy a decent quantity of beer. Some of it is to replenish my bottle supply, but some of it is good inspiration for beers that I want to brew. I definitely don't buy as much beer as I did before I started homebrewing, but I still buy 1-2 Bombers a week just to see what is out there that I haven't had before. However, I may have to slow down on the amount of beer I buy, and focus on drinking the homebrew I have in the closet. I have almost 20 gallons of beer in my closet right now, and I am almost out of bottles.
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2012, 11:53:59 AM »
I have found myself buying beer for research as I delve into producing better beer. I choose a style and then select a few different commercial beers to sample that characterize it.........it's the best homework I've ever had to do!
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Re: Buying Beer
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2012, 12:05:47 PM »
I buy beer because there is so much good stuff out there and appreciate what some of them do. That and my time is limited as are the amount of bottles I have on hand.

+1. 
Although I'm still only a year into home brewing and just started kegging, I enjoy supporting the local breweries here along the front range of CO in the taproom and liquor store.  Plus, summer and winter seasonals are just too good for me not to buy and enjoy.
I don't drink a lot but I do drink frequently.