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Old 04-30-2014, 04:02 AM   #1
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Default Double IPA, double the cost

I bought the supplies for my DIPA today and couldn't believe it was double the cost of the other beers I've brewed! There's gotta be a cheaper way, right? My LHBS doesn't sell hops in packages other than 1 oz. so I'm screwed there. Any ideas?


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Old 04-30-2014, 04:05 AM   #2
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All grain, and/or grow your own hops?

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:14 AM   #3
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Order hops online by the lb from hopsdirect. They'll average closer to $1 per oz that way.


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+1 on ordering hops in bulk-
My top 3:

HopsDirect
Grain to Glass
Niko Brew

Niko's stuff is well packaged and cheaper
HopsDirect is the best quality by far- amazing, really, but they run out quickly of the popular stuff (Amarillo, Citra, Centennial)- BUT you pay huge for shipping- at least $15
Grain to Glass has fast, reasonable shipping and good prices

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:29 AM   #5
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Do a forum search for "Second runnings" or "Parti gyle." It won't get your cost lower, but it will get you an extremely affordable second batch out of the grain bill. I usually average $2-5 for the second batch, 3-4 gallons usually. As a whole it will bring your cost per bottle down.

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:53 AM   #6
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All grain would be tough- don't have the kettle space. Everything else sounds great, thanks everyone for the tips!


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All grain would be tough- don't have the kettle space. Everything else sounds great, thanks everyone for the tips!


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It will pay for itself. Even when you include the cost of the mill, and if you need a larger kettle. From my LHBS pricing an extract batch would cost me around $20-30, my latest AG bottling was a 48 12oz 6% red (before priming, probably closer to 6.3) AND the bonus batch from grains 44 12oz 4.5% (before). Grand total $28.

Not to be devil's advocate, but you can't afford not to go AG!
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:18 AM   #8
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I'll definitely look into it, Zepth


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Old 05-02-2014, 02:20 AM   #9
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David_Trucks, have you looked into BIAB? I've done a couple 3 gallon batches in the same 5gal brew kettle I started extract brewing in and have had great results. The investment took less than $10 at Home Depot (5gal paint strainer bags and metal clips). The greater flexibility and control have been wonderful considering the nearly negligible cost. You could do a couple quick 2.5gal batches and use your same fermenter.

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Old 05-02-2014, 03:18 AM   #10
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I second going BIAB... I do 2 gallon batches myself... but will probably move up to 3 gallons in the future.

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