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I am the man, the very fat man,

Poor British harvest may raise pint prices 15p - Telegraph

Barley prices have increased by nearly 40 per cent compared to last year

I can't find out how much barley is used per pint but it is the square root of bugger all. The total malting barley requirement for the UK is 1,850,000 tonnes which includes producing whisky, vinegar, and even lager. At £200 a tonne that means the whole market is worth £370 million

The UK beer market was worth £20.14bn in 2005 - and prices have gone up 15% since then. So if we estimate that beer takes half the malted barley, and that imported beer takes 15% of the market than we are left with £20 billion of beer using £200 million worth of barley.
Hoping I have got my decimal points in the right place I make that to be 1% of the value - in other words 2.5 pence, a tanner's worth in a £2.50 pint. So don't come the price of Barley as the price increases.

All together now...

I am the man, the very fat man,
That waters the workers' beer
I am the man, the very fat man,
That waters the workers' beer
And what do I care if it makes them ill,
If it makes them terribly queer
I've a car, a yacht, and an aeroplane,
And I waters the workers' beer

I am the man, the very fat man,
That waters the workers' beer
I am the man, the very fat man,
That waters the workers' beer
And what do I care if it makes them ill,
If it makes them terribly queer
I've a car, a yacht, and an aeroplane,
And I waters the workers' beer


Now when I waters the workers' beer,
I puts in strychnine
Some methylated spirits,
And a can of kerosine
Ah, but such a brew so terribly strong,
It would make them terribly queer
So I reaches my hand for the watering-can
And I waters the workers' beer

Now a drop of good beer is good for a man
When he's tired, thirsty and hot
And I sometimes have a drop myself,
From a very special pot
For a strong and healthy working class
Is the thing that I most fear
So I reaches my hand for the watering-can
And I waters the workers' beer

Now ladies fair, beyond compare,
Be you maiden or wife
Spare a thought for such a man
Who leads such a lonely life
For the water rates are frightfully high,
And the meths is terribly dear
And there ain't the profit there used to be
In watering the workers' beer

Comments

Ah, but the purpose of increasing barley charges is not for such shallow motives as increased profits .. no, not at all. Its all because those awfully concerned chaps down at the Department of Health suggest that if pubs are made to increase the price of a pint then our office clerks and factory workers won't be able to spend their money on this new-fangled 'binge drinking' craze. Instead they should learn to just have an occasional pint of bitter in their local, outside of the working week hours naturally, and a small gin for their ladies.

When I make home brew, I use about 1/4 lb malt per 20 oz pint of 4.4% beer .A real brewery would do 20-25% better. If we use 100gm/pint for easy figuring we get 10000 pints per tonne. According to an Agriculture Canada bulletin, world prices for malting barley are getting close to $300 cdn/ tonne. Which would be 3c/pint,or about 1.5 pence.

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