I don't anticipate this being a big problem but I'm curious to know if a line needs to be drawn to keep micro brewing (large batch brewing) out of the site. I don't really see a lot of harm in allowing it but then again it may be a slippery slope.

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In much the same way that amateurs and professionals coexist on Stack Overflow and the other stack exchange sites, I don't see this being a problem at all. We all have much to learn from and teach to each other.

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    I agree. Most micro brewers start as home brewers anyways, so why kick them out when they "cross the line?" – Nicholas Trandem Nov 10 '10 at 21:19
  • I agree, especially considering they might have some of the best advice on the site. – Room3 Nov 10 '10 at 21:46
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    Indeed. And if we start getting a lot of question specific only to micro-brewing, we can easily just tag them as such. – Fishtoaster Nov 11 '10 at 17:53

I think it would be better if this forum was simply "Brewing". I don't think there will be many messages from anyone other than home brewers, but I see no need to limit it.

Years ago, on the newsgroup rec.crafts.winemaking, I remember a few messages from a guy who had started a very small winery. Those messages were interesting and it would have been a shame if something like that happened here and the pro brewer was booted out for not being a homebrewer.

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I don't think anyone should be excluded. Many pro brewers started out as homebrewers and got good enough to earn a living from it. We can certainly benefit from their knowledge to learn and improve our brewing efforts.

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