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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    But you can't compare commercial beer to this. Water in general is cheap.

    Compare what you pay for craft in the liquor store or pub, that is closer to 60 - 80 bucks and up per liter.


    What are these things you speak of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Are the one's with heart stickers filled with love?
    My 3 year old daughter helped with adding priming tablets to these bottles, so she had to label them as well. Made with love, and will be consumed with love as well
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    What are these things you speak of?
    Places I read of in history books.

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    So I polished a liter last night. Slightly carbonated. But already really drinkable. The thing that struck me is that it does not taste the same as when I bottled. (Please keep in mind that I know nothing of brewing beer!).

    It was DELICIOUS! Strong honey taste somewhere!
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    Quote Originally Posted by New View Post
    So I polished a liter last night. Slightly carbonated. But already really drinkable. The thing that struck me is that it does not taste the same as when I bottled. (Please keep in mind that I know nothing of brewing beer!).

    It was DELICIOUS! Strong honey taste somewhere!
    How many days was it again?

    No way I am going to stand in a line to buy beer at the dopshop today
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    How many days was it again?

    No way I am going to stand in a line to buy beer at the dopshop today

    Can be left for 2 weeks. I figured I will leave mine in the cupboard and move them to the fridge as and when needed. Seeing how easy it is to drink a liter and the friends and family lined up to "taste", it seems in two weeks the beer will be gone! Seriously considering starting another one! Since it has been a learning curve, the next one should go more smoothly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Still waiting for my first brew to "mature"


    I would not call it exactly cheap, rewarding - yes, but commercial beer is cheaper than R30 a liter


    but surely not as tasty
    Not as tasty, as you said, and also not nearly as expensive for craft. Craft often runs over R100 per litre, so it's still quite affordable!

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    Mine still building up gas in the bottels. Will party this Friday.

    Toxxyc, now that Alc is going to be "legal" again, are you considering proceeding to finish brewing some of the stock you have and bottle it under your own label? This might help sales for those that still want your beer but do not want to go through the full process again?
    I would LOVE to, but the problem is the legal issues with this.

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Methinks Toxxyc will see a severe drop-off in sales if I can judge from the complete stagnation on the distilling and brewing WA groups since last night.
    Correct! I used to do around 15 orders a day. Now it's maybe one or two. It's a bummer, considering the quality of the product and the ease of use.

    Quote Originally Posted by New View Post
    So I polished a liter last night. Slightly carbonated. But already really drinkable. The thing that struck me is that it does not taste the same as when I bottled. (Please keep in mind that I know nothing of brewing beer!).

    It was DELICIOUS! Strong honey taste somewhere!
    Yep, that's the stuff I'm working for. Glad you like it. It's a GREAT beer once it's done - and yes, the taste difference between fermenter/bottle is huge. Wait another week or so and then you'll see even more of a difference. After a few weeks it REALLY starts to develop, but I rarely let beers sit that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    Not as tasty, as you said, and also not nearly as expensive for craft. Craft often runs over R100 per litre, so it's still quite affordable!
    Yep, and few people realise that most of that is taxes of some type. SAB makes money by sheer volume. Their markup is actually minute.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    I would LOVE to, but the problem is the legal issues with this.
    2 years minimum for a brewing and dispensing license in Gauteng, and I'm sure the Guavamunt will make sure that very few licenses are allocated in future.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    Correct! I used to do around 15 orders a day. Now it's maybe one or two. It's a bummer, considering the quality of the product and the ease of use.
    Is there no way Brewhogs can buy that back now that they can start producing?
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    Ek is maar hom arm gat, (en cheapskate) so ek soek altyd die beste deals




    As my eerste effort suksesvol is, sal ek verseker weer bestel, make no mistake.


    Maar ja ek moet maar invest in 'n "bottling bucket" met 'n kraantjie anders mors ek te veel van die precious liquids
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Maar ja ek moet maar invest in 'n "bottling bucket" met 'n kraantjie anders mors ek te veel van die precious liquids
    en dis hoe die moeilikheid begin

    As jy weer omkyk, brou jy 100L op n keer en het meer bier in yskaste as kos. En jy kyk na brewing systems op die Interwebs, in plaas van 4x4 upgrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    en dis hoe die moeilikheid begin

    As jy weer omkyk, brou jy 100L op n keer en het meer bier in yskaste as kos. En jy kyk na brewing systems op die Interwebs, in plaas van 4x4 upgrades.


    Hmm jip

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    Default Re: So I took the plunge

    Maybe such a pompie
    https://www.takealot.com/lampa-batte...p/PLID69489548
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    Still got plenty of stock, guys. It seems people forget that homebrewing is rewarding, fun, tasty and cheap now that they can buy Castle Lite again!
    Give it 2 weeks, the pubs are already overflowing with revellers, guaranteed spike in covid cases will probably see us go back to lever 3 or higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post

    I would LOVE to, but the problem is the legal issues with this.


    Have you considered trying to Sell through Takealot? https://www.takealot.com/sell

    I know they had those "mangrove jack" beer mix crap that sold like hotcakes. Yours should do better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by New View Post
    Have you considered trying to Sell through Takealot? https://www.takealot.com/sell

    I know they had those "mangrove jack" beer mix crap that sold like hotcakes. Yours should do better!
    To sell through Takealot is hugely expensive. And the amount of admin is no joke.

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    To be honest, Toxycc's idea is really good. I did try it but was not very successfull. Skoenmaker hou by jou lees
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfus View Post
    To be honest, Toxycc's idea is really good. I did try it but was not very successfull. Skoenmaker hou by jou lees
    It's a great idea and we were also considering it at the same time, I just can't produce those volumes which would make any ROI on a system upgrade be insanely long. And luckily we didn't.

    Yes, I could have used his model and partnered with a brewery.........but that meant inter-provincial travel and transportation.

    I think Toxxyc must discuss batch volumes with the brewery and see if they can't do micro or nano batches. 3000L is a LOT of stock in Level 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicd View Post
    To sell through Takealot is hugely expensive. And the amount of admin is no joke.
    Did not know, why do you say that? What happened?

    On the cost part it looks to be that they want 7% and delivery costs of R 36.

    Zero storage fees for 35 days and R 12 a month per item 35 - 45 days etc (it grow aggressively) But this is only with the stock you leave with them.

    Alternatively, spend some on aggressive marketing!
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    I think, once all of us here that bought the kit and have achieved success - word of mouth will surely help in selling more of the product?

    I know I will tell all and sundry about this (If the outcome is good, since I am rather stoooopid with this brewing stuff)
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    So I'm hoping to come to an agreement with the brewery (and I'm sure they'll be on board with this) so that I can buy much less at a time. Thing is though, it's hard for them to make less than 2kL at a time, but I have a plan and the owner seems to like it, so we'll see. I've applied to TAKEALOT as well. Let's see. I just need more word to get out there. People love the product and I haven't had a single complaint. @wolfe - why didn't yours come out as expected? Something I can help with?

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