Why can your homebrewed beer?

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    David Heath

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    It is time for a short informational video that details the benefits of canning your homebrewed beer.

    Perhaps you are considering canning to avoid the endless cycle of cleaning bottles and the extra storage space they take up but still want beer that is portable?

    Canning equipment is certainly not cheap but before you can decide if it is a worthwhile investment it is important to know the full benefits. I do hope this video fills in any gaps you have in knowledge and proves to be useful.



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    Happy brewing!



     
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    The kegland canning machine looks excellent and the price is reasonable. The prices are definitely coming down. I'd love to can.
     
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    For sure. Ive got one myself that I will be reviewing soon.
     
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    We drink what we can and what we can't, we can.
     
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    I can I can't...
     
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    It’s not just the cost of the machines, it puts a huge cost on a pint at a home brew scale.

    The cans will have to come down dramatically to get me on board unfortunately.
     
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    I still have nightmares about canned beers from the 1970s....Whitbread Light Ale sick...sick...sick...
     
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    I thought the recycling argument was exceptionally weak. Given that as home brewers we are keeping bottles out of the recycling loop the purchasing of more kit and pricy cans that then end up needing processed just seems daft.
     
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    It doesn't seem cost-effective for me since I only make 25 gallons a year and they're all gone before they get old. As far as recycling, I've been using the same bottles for years. I would like to know at what amount does canning become cost-effective for the homebrewer.
    Edit: I just checked the cost of 500ml cans and it was 207ct for $90 dollars which is .43 per beer or $15 added to a batch. Is this about how much cans for home brewing cost?
     
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    Why?

    Bottles are easy, usually free and maybe reused many times.
     
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    I remember party 7s o my gawd give me a bottle
     
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    Bottles will disappear in the not too distant future I fear, our council has put out notice saying they will no longer uplift any glass bottles
    What CAN I say, it’s disappointing, to me beer tastes better and fresher from a bottle than a can, plus, I can’t afford the change!
     
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    So you have to take them to the tip yourself, then they charge you
     
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    In the UK or stirling where I guess @pms67 is? No, no charge.
    Supermarkets also have big recycling bins in the uk for most things.
     
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    Unsurprisingly there is a leaflet right next to it from the “Bottle Genie” who will make your glass disappear for a fee (probably an ex council bin man)
    Maybe I should make the lot of them disappear
     
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    I’m surprised by that. Angus Council are trying to get you to recycle everything and anything that can be recycled, even to the extent that they’ve taken the general waste skips out of most of their tips resulting in people like me having a 30mile round trip to their nearest general waste skips (except
    I just use the one in the Dundee City Council area 3 miles away - although there has been a bit of a hoo-haa about that which has played out in my local paper).
     
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    Chucking stuff in a skip hardly counts as canning, though, does it!
     
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    Stupidly expensive and bad for the environment. Let's hope canning at the homebrew level never catches on.

    Keg, wash, keg again.
    Bottle, wash, bottle again.
     
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    :confused.:
    I’ve noticed a shift in the supermarkets with Williams bros and Harviestoun brewery’s both using predominantly more cans as they know it’s coming (either that it’s cheaper)
    Maybe time to start collecting :confused.:
     
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    That policy is lunacy! Not only does it shift the cost and use of fuel/time/expense to the general public, it also shouts "We don't recycle!" from a public perception point of view.
    Council rightly come in for a lot of stick at times because their policies are like this just stupid. It's real shame because councils also do a lot of great work that never gets the recognition that it deserves.
    I think part of this problem is the outsourcing of services by the councils. Stuff goes out to tender, and they tend to always choose the lowest bid. Then after a while the companies get the shift in bargaining and start dictating to the councils what they will and won't do. Years back I lived in Wandsworth and the shenanigans over street cleansing became ridiculous. Wandsworth also got whistleblown by a summer job uni student, who revealed that the recycling trucks were dumping the recycling waste straight in the landfill designated segment of their waste facility!
    Councils do some great work, but their dumb as a plank of wood at times.
     
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