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Old 10-16-2013, 03:28 AM   #21
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As everyone else has said buy in bulk and reuse yeast. I just looked on beersmith I average about $50 - $60 for ipa's, double IPA's. I justed did a scotch ale that wa $38.

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Old 10-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #22
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This thread is making me think about what I'm doing wrong. I just spent about $65 total piecing together a 5 gallon recipe for a stout. It's PM but I was searching all over on ways to save on cost. It seems like I will end up having to convert over to all grain in order to save money. Even though this is going to be my second batch brewing I'm already feeling the pinch of brewing extract versions.

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Old 10-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #23
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Heh I've missed this thread...

Oh wait this is a new one! Never mind it is still a great theme. At least you aren't trying to justify how much you spend on brewing as an offset to the family beer budget to get more money out of the deal.

Be careful about the assumption you need to go all grain to save big money. Both DME and LME can also be bought in bulk at considerable savings, and can frequently be added onto group buys for similar savings. Going all grain comes with a start up cost and I believe increases the rate of spend on equipment. For example soon you will want a better mill, then a better chiller, replacement hoses, maybe a pump, a brew stand,... the list just doesn't end. I'm looking at pH meters now... Most items after the lauter tun aren't necessary for all grain but I'm on a pretty tight budget too and the equipment expenses just don't seem to end.

That said all grain brew days are a lot of fun and much longer than extract days. For the same ingredient cost I probably get 3 all grain days for 2 extract days, and each all grain is 8-10 hours (double batch) vs. maybe 4 hours (I never did double batch extract, just guessing), bottling is the same, maybe 90 min per batch including clean-up, so for the same ingredient cost I am getting 33 hobby hours all grain vs 10 hours extract. YMMV. Plus I end up with 30 gal of beer instead of 20.

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Old 10-16-2013, 12:52 PM   #24
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As a brewer on a budget thanks for the tips.


For bulk hop purchase how long can I store hops in freezer ziplock bags?

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Old 10-16-2013, 01:41 PM   #25
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As a brewer on a budget thanks for the tips.


For bulk hop purchase how long can I store hops in freezer ziplock bags?
Not as long as you would if you purged the air out (do you have a vac sealer?) Hops can last at least a year or so if they are in the original (nitrogen?) flushed bags. You can also blanket them with CO2 if you have the setup for it and they should last a little longer. Basically as long as they do not smell cheesy and still smell like hops you should be good.
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Not as long as you would if you purged the air out (do you have a vac sealer?) Hops can last at least a year or so if they are in the original (nitrogen?) flushed bags. You can also blanket them with CO2 if you have the setup for it and they should last a little longer. Basically as long as they do not smell cheesy and still smell like hops you should be good.
Don't have a sealer so if ziplock won't work ill have to stick with lhbs. Which is fine cause they are a good store.
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Yooper, I live in Clearfield, which we consider Central PA (unlike the people in Harrisburg, who are a little more on the eastern part of the state ... lol). I'm not sure of any clubs in my direct area; i think I would have to travel at least 45 minutes to State College, and about that or more to get to Indiana, PA.

I appreciate all of the input into this thread and will definately look into all of the advice given!

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Yooper, I live in Clearfield, which we consider Central PA (unlike the people in Harrisburg, who are a little more on the eastern part of the state ... lol). I'm not sure of any clubs in my direct area; i think I would have to travel at least 45 minutes to State College, and about that or more to get to Indiana, PA.

I appreciate all of the input into this thread and will definately look into all of the advice given!
I know that there are some group buys around from time to time- keep an eye on the "group buys" area of our forum and you may find that the cost savings is worth a 45 minute drive!
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