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How much commercially produced beer do you still buy as an avid homebrewer?

Just as much as I always did, guess how many fridges I have?
6 (6.5%)
No more cases!  Only 6 packs and bombers for this guy!
25 (26.9%)
I'm down to single 12 and 22oz bottles, some old and some new!
17 (18.3%)
Only very rarely, and only known favorites or stuff I can't make myself.
17 (18.3%)
Why buy what I can make myself?
7 (7.5%)
It's variable, man.
21 (22.6%)

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Offline Malticulous

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2011, 04:35:05 AM »
Not very much and when I do it's usually for style research.

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2011, 06:06:56 AM »
Very little for my house... a single bottle of something special here and there when I see something I want to try.

Now... how much do I spend on drafts at beer bars?  I'd rather not do that math  :)
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2011, 07:57:24 AM »
I buy mostly singles, either 12 oz or bombers, unless it's one of my favorites. Then I'll buy a sixer or more.
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2011, 08:02:49 AM »
I'll buy an occasional sixer and a couple times a year Costco will have a beer I like so I'll buy a case. A growler or two a month from nearby micros.

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2011, 08:12:36 AM »
I still buy sixers now and then and dirty 30's of PBR in the summer.  Most of my money is spent going out to bars though.  I definitely buy less beer from stores than I used to, but my consumption at bars hasn't really diminished.
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2011, 05:05:45 PM »
...when I do it's usually for style research.

Er, uh, me too.   Yeah, that's it, style research.  Might need to do some research tonight!
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2011, 06:46:29 PM »
Speaking of commercial beer bills, I just stopped by the liquor store tonight on the way home to "just get a treat" for myself.  I walked out with 4 bombers. -.-

I snagged a bottle of Stone Vertical 10-10-10 for 5 bucks (!) an Avery Reverand, a Chimay blue and the only bottle of Sierra Nevada Ovila they had in the store. (I'd been looking for that one for a while, hadn't had any luck)

Cracked the Chimay with dinner, will crack the Reverand tonight.  Saving the Ovila and the Vertical for later this week when my best man is in town from Philly.

I had only planned on buying 1 bomber to have with dinner.  I walked out spending $46.

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2011, 07:30:28 PM »
A lot. Only being in my third month of brewing, and still getting a bottle collection built up. Thanks for all the great info on the forum.

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2011, 04:05:33 AM »
I probably buy a six-pack of IPA or something per week that goes into the fridge at work to wind down at the end of the day.  Sometimes I'll pick up a growler or a larger bottle of something good for the weekend. 
I like to buy calibration beers for the brew session, especially when I'm brewing a new recipe.
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2011, 05:19:33 AM »
I like to buy calibration beers for the brew session, especially when I'm brewing a new recipe.

That's a good tip.  It takes a bit of knowledge and training to be able to put it to use, but it's a worthwhile target.
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2011, 05:45:19 AM »
I'll still buy styles that I can't brew at home (lagers) with regularity.  Beyond that, it's sixers of favorites or sixers for style research.  I'm slowly building a collection of Belgian bottles I'll be able to put into rotation someday.

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2011, 06:29:19 AM »
I don't count, but . . .


10-12 6-packs roughly every other week.
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« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2011, 06:30:08 AM »
Oh that's all BJCP classic style for a course I'm teaching.
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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2011, 06:56:24 AM »
  Sometimes I go months without buying any, sometimes I buy a lot on a short period of time, sometimes it's somewhere in between.  It depends on if I see something I really want to try or is a good deal, or just strikes my fancy.

I'm in the same boat.  In the summer it's usually a guilty 18 pack of PBR in cans.  When I go to the "big city" (I.E. Chicago/Minneapolis) I'll end up buying quite a bit of beer, but it's special stuff. 

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Re: How much commercial beer do you buy? Poll
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2011, 07:34:45 AM »
The more I think about it, lately most of the 'commercial' beer I buy is purchased/consumed at bars. 

I've been trying to feqeuent some of Seattle's more well-known 'beer bars' lately (Coopers Alehouse, Beveridge Place Pub, The Dog & Pony, Latona Pub, Brouwer's Cafe, etc. etc.)
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