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Quick Demographics Question
« on: April 20, 2010, 09:12:25 AM »
First of all I would like to say howdy to everyone as I am new to this board!

Now for my question:

I am attempting to determine how many homebrewers (beer only) there are in the US and or on the planet. Would anyone have any idea of what this number would be? I know that it would probably only be an educated guess, as some homebrewers don't belong to any organized clubs and such.

Does anybody keep track of this stuff?

Just wondering....

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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 09:39:39 AM »
The number I usually hear for active homebrewers in the US is ~750k
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010, 04:40:01 AM »
The number I usually hear for active homebrewers in the US is ~750k

Really? That low? No wonder it is such a tight community.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010, 08:14:58 AM »
That's actually a lot more than I would have thought, when you consider how few LHBS there are most places.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010, 08:22:23 AM »
http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/media/press-releases/show?title=1200-homebrewers-celebrate-the-hobby-of-homebrewing

750K homebrewers and only 1200 ( .16% ) attend the conference.  Sounds like something the Governing Committee should look into.  Maybe if there was more attendance, the AHA could take over a whole state for the conference :)
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2010, 08:30:28 AM »
http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/media/press-releases/show?title=1200-homebrewers-celebrate-the-hobby-of-homebrewing

750K homebrewers and only 1200 ( .16% ) attend the conference.  Sounds like something the Governing Committee should look into.  Maybe if there was more attendance, the AHA could take over a whole state for the conference :)


Of the 750K, there are about 22K (IIRC....Drew can correct me if I'm wrong) AHA members.  But for some reason, the 750K number seems high.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2010, 11:25:02 AM »
There is really no way to determine this I would say.  I think there are a LOT of people who have dabbled with it at least once.  Maybe a Mr. Beer kit they got as a gift.  Then there are those who are completely off on their own and don't talk about it making beer with sugar...

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Who is to say?  With all the folks who come and go from the hobby I think it would be impossible to say with any authority.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010, 02:23:43 PM »
taking bits from previous posts:

How many people identify themselves as Homebrewers - 22K, the number of AHA members

How many people have homebrewed - 750K

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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2010, 10:20:58 AM »
I'd venture that there are plenty of folks out there like me. I've been brewing 8-9 years - anywhere from 50-220 gallons a year, never joined a club, never took a class, never entered a competition - until this year!  I still just use a 10 gallon SS Kettle - and brew either in the basement or on the back porch - so there's nothing fancy about my HB efforts. I have mostly made up all my own recipes (hence why I never know what style the brew might fit into), and seem to favor brown and red porter like concoctions.  I and a friend started growing my own hops 2 years ago, and did some serious transplanting and expansion of the number of vines this spring.

So I am one of what I imagine is a pretty good # of homebrewers that is largely off the radar and unaccounted for.

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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 08:14:26 AM »
Someone just put this up on Beer Advocate:

Official launch of the 2010 Homebrewer Census

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/270314/test-census

Not sure if they will get 750k responses though.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 08:34:20 AM »
Someone just put this up on Beer Advocate:

Official launch of the 2010 Homebrewer Census

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/270314/test-census

Not sure if they will get 750k responses though.

Saw that.  Could you imagine if 750k did try to get to BA to get the link to that survey?  As slow as BA has become of late, it could take until next December :)
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2010, 08:55:41 AM »
Someone just put this up on Beer Advocate:

Official launch of the 2010 Homebrewer Census

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/270314/test-census

Not sure if they will get 750k responses though.


I had no idea about that.  How accurate can it be if a lot of homebrewers have no idea it's taking place?
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 02:51:35 PM »
Too many questions in that survey.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 08:57:09 PM »
Too many questions in that survey.

No kidding. Favorite malts? The first 2-3 pages would have been enough.
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Re: Quick Demographics Question
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2010, 03:55:15 AM »
Wow, that took a while  ;D