Have too many carboys, or not enough? Have you outgrown your brew pots or need a different size?
May 6 during the 'Big Brew' here at Beverage Artisan, there will be a 'swap & sell' in the parking lot. Bring your unwanted but usable equipment to swap or sell to someone.
Winemakers often ask me, "Why do you have so much for beer making and less for wine in your store?" A valid question - homebrewers need to buy more stuff. Why? For thousands of years wines could and have been made from almost everything organic. Ingedients, other than specialty additives can be found locally in gardens, in the wild, and in grocery stores. Home beer making needs malted grains, hops, and yeasts to make their brew, that's what beer is. Today, it is possible to buy malted grains from maltsters to make beer. Hops are now available in small personal quantities from growers, and there are a plethora of brewing yeasts available for almost every style of beer imaginable. That is why there are more things for making beer here at Beverage Artisan - brewers need to buy more INGREDIENTS than winemakers. Thanks for asking.
Side note: Homebrewing was not nationally legalized until long after prohibition. In 1978, then President Jimmy Carter, signed a bill legalizing homebrewing. Before then, homebrewers could not legally make beer or buy ingredients from the malting houses because of federal regulations. According to the NCSL a brewer and/or winemaker can annually make 100 gallons for an individual or 200 gallons for a family. Home winemaking has a long tradition, and except during prohibition has been legal to make as long as it is not made to be sold, which requires a federal license.