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How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« on: April 25, 2010, 08:36:23 AM »
I was just wondering cause some of you guys brew some serious quantities of beer. Either you are a bunch of raging alcoholics or you are able to give a lot away. What gives?

I have been brewing extract mostly and bottling for over two years now. When I started out I was brewing about once a month. now it is much less cause I don't really drink that much. Im down to about three four beers per week.  :o except for occasions.  I have a basement full of filled bottles that need emptying cause I have some carboys with beer and cider that needs some bottles. It is a catch 22.

Work, kid, responsibilities are getting in the way of my brewing and drinking. Damn it.

I want to build the brew stand. I want to have the keg system. I want all that stuff and I can  build it all myself. For me a lot of the fun is building it and seeing the finished product.

My goal (not in this house but the next) I want the fridge basement prep kitchen/lab and bar with taps and all. But truth is I dont drink much. I may still do it one day but it is hard to justify. It is great for making friends though, isn't it?
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010, 08:43:54 AM »
I only drink a little during the week but I like to knock 'em back liberally on the weekend. In fact, it's not too early for one now AFAIK.  8)  I have 2 systems, one a 10 gallon system and one that can easily handle a little over 40 gallons. But that system is only 25% *mine* and when I brew on it the beer gets split between me and my partners. That said, I am planning on brewing 20 gallons of kolsch on it this week sometimes strictly for my personal consumption. My wife will drink most of it though.  ;)
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 08:48:53 AM »
I limit myself to 5 gallon batches because I want to brew as often as possible.  I do drink a decent amount of it but I wouldn't be able to keep up with my brewing if it was just me.  So I do give a decent amount away, maybe a third of what I brew on average.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2010, 08:59:00 AM »
I brew 5 or less gallon batches.  it enables me to brew more often.  I drink 1 beer an evening during the week and maybe 2-3 on the weekends, so I'm not going to be able to consume all I make.  My brews have also been too hoppy for my miller lite wife ;-).  I share a good portion at poker nights, local home brew club meetings, and other quarterly parties with friends.   So I must give away 50% of what I brew.

I switched to kegging, 3 full kegs, and 4 cases of home brew.  Need to make room for a mead, cider, and wine that are getting close to bottling time.

Then there are 3-4 recipes I'm anxious to make - so will scale to 3 gallon so i don't drown in my own beer.

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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2010, 09:55:03 AM »
I limit myself to 5 gallon batches because I want to brew as often as possible.  I do drink a decent amount of it but I wouldn't be able to keep up with my brewing if it was just me.  So I do give a decent amount away, maybe a third of what I brew on average.

Sounds a lot like my MO, too.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2010, 11:07:21 AM »
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am more into the process than I am the product. Just like with cooking.

 Dont get me wrong. I love beer, but it has more to do with learning about beer, and the cultures behind the recipes. setting up the gear. brewing, fermenting and bottling. I love it. It is a meditation.

Then to pour the beer and hear that sound as the head forms. I love the sip but I really, really love the fact that It was me that made the beer.

Guess I just have to start drinking more.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2010, 02:30:43 PM »
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am more into the process than I am the product. Just like with cooking.

 Dont get me wrong. I love beer, but it has more to do with learning about beer, and the cultures behind the recipes. setting up the gear. brewing, fermenting and bottling. I love it. It is a meditation.

Then to pour the beer and hear that sound as the head forms. I love the sip but I really, really love the fact that It was me that made the beer.

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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2010, 06:46:29 PM »
I guess I am not ashamed to admit I am totally into the product.  ;) Otherwise I wouldn't bother.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2010, 08:24:27 PM »
You have to ask my liver after it gets back from rehab!

 I wish I could share my beer locally with friends,I get very few visitors. Those that know me understand! I do have some outlets to get rid of it other than my wife and me. I have been known to dump alot of beer. Beerfests and the club is a good way to dump beer.

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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2010, 07:44:32 AM »
I brew 5 gallon batches, every 4 to 6 weeks on average.  I give away about a case/batch, maybe more.  I have a beer a night, after the kids are in bed, sometimes two, sometimes none.

I, too enjoy the brewing as much as the tasting - I should give away more so that I can brew more.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2010, 09:31:03 AM »
Just got back from our Spring Game this weekend.  Football tailgates are a great place to unload piles of homebrew.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2010, 09:46:28 AM »
I enjoy the brewing process almost as much as I enjoy the finished product.

I not a fan of cleaning up.  :(

I brew about one to two times per month. Between what I give away and what I drink... I can keep up with five and ten gallon batches.

I love the beer I brew and brew the beer I drink. ;)
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2010, 09:55:20 AM »
I guess I am not ashamed to admit I am totally into the product.  ;) Otherwise I wouldn't bother.

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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2010, 10:22:42 AM »
Typically brew 12 gallon batches. Must admit that I drink the bulk of it, though my friends can put a respectable dent in the kegs when they come over.

For me it is the Process of brewing. The Science. The Art. Then holding up a glass of pretty decent brew and saying I made this!

Since I drink most of the beer myself, I don't have to brew but once a month or more.
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Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2010, 10:35:51 AM »
I give away most of beers I made.
I drink about one beer a day and I have a lot of happy neighbors :)
Great part of this hobby is to share your beer with someone else.
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