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Offline gmac

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How much beer is too much?
« on: August 01, 2011, 07:28:34 PM »
Today I made my 20th all grain batch in 20 weeks.  That means I'm going through about a keg a week.  Not all drank by me of course, and a couple batches are for a party at the end of the summer and there's still some in the fridge awaiting consumption but I just realized I've made 100 gallons of beer in the past 5 months. 

Just curious, how much does the average brewer brew?  Doesn't matter if it's all-grain or extract, just wondered if I'm keeping up with the rest of you.

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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 07:34:36 PM »
I've done 14 batches so far this year, but that includes some batches like yours.  I split quite a few of my batches with a brew buddy.  There's also a mead in that count, as well as one that was solely for a going away party.

I'd say your a bit ahead of where I am, but nuthin too bad. (or good, depending on how you look at it :))
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 08:17:33 PM »
what's my budget and how much time do I have?  And while I might be many years from retirement...I might have a brew schedule already in the works...
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 08:26:46 PM »
My wife & I have brewed approximately 110 gallons so far this year.  We always keep it within the 200 gal. mark but we have been close.

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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 10:10:07 PM »
How much beer is too much? That is like asking... no wait... it's like... Anyway think of air. Can't have too much air. Beer's like that. ;)
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 10:17:01 PM »
"Too much beer" is an oxymoron.
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2011, 10:25:08 PM »
I just bottled my 8th batch this year Sunday.
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2011, 06:24:42 AM »
I try and brew a 3gal batch weekly.  That keeps me ahead of my consumption, even with the occasional brew club meeting or party.
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 07:28:33 AM »
I'm up to 12 five gallon batches so far this year for a running total of 60+ gallons (the batches are usually more like 5.5 gallons).  I'll probably end up with about 20 batches for a little more than 100 gallons for the year. 

Right now I've got a pretty good supply on tap but I've got a picnic coming up I'm taking a keg to and a couple pretty big gaps in the brewing schedule due to summer weekend trips and activities. 

Also 10 of those 60 gallons are 10+ % barleywines and aren't ready to drink yet and won't be for awhile.

My brewing mostly keeps up with my demand for myself and what I give to others except for the occasional gap.
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2011, 07:31:49 AM »
What euge said...

I just kegged my 5th (10 gallon) batch for the year.

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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2011, 07:38:30 AM »
I've done 10 - 5gal batches so far this year.  I will likely do 9 or 10 more before 2012.  Some years I've done more, some years less.

I don't know that you can brew "too much" beer.  If your kegs (or bottles) are full you have a consumption problem.  Just schedule a party.  ;D 

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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2011, 07:46:56 AM »
I try to always keep my 12 gallon conical full, but since I usually leave beer in there 3 weeks that means at most I can brew about 15 batches.  Luckily I also have a bunch of buckets, but temp control is harder for them.  
In general I like to have 45-60 gallons on hand, not including cider.
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2011, 08:08:15 AM »
It is only too much if you run out of storage space or fermentation capacity. I brew in binges - generally 30 gallons at a whack. Stocks up the cellar and I only have to brew every 4 or 5 months. That 30 gallons is generally three 10 gallon batches of wort that are treated differently in fermentation and conditioning to have plenty of variety.
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2011, 08:22:55 AM »
if you can read this you are probably not brewing enough ;D
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Re: How much beer is too much?
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2011, 08:31:29 AM »
I have brewed roughly 120 gallons, in the last year.
In the coming year, I expect to brew more than double that figure.
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