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Old 12-17-2009, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default HOMEBREW COST - The Addiction: My $$$ Per Pint

Before October 9th, I wasn't a brewer. On October 9th, I was stumbling on StumbleUpon to kill some time before the weekend. I hit a homebrew site. Since then, I have spent...and spent...and spent.

Hi, my name is Doc, and I'm an addict.

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:32 AM   #2
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That seams reasonable to me. Since you'v gone this far, you may as well keep track over the next 6/12 months and post back with updated numbers. I'd imagine that it will drop drastically, assuming your satisfied with your equipment purchases of course...

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:35 AM   #3
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Nothing like jumping into a hobby headfirst. good for you, though thatt you found a hobby you enjoy. Seems like you should be just about finished with equipment purchases and can work on getting that per pint number down to a respectable number.

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Man that seems a bit extreme,,,, quit buying stuff and git to brewing !!!!!!!!

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thank you.

i can now show my wife with empirical proof that i am not obsessed with brewing.

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:41 AM   #6
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I hear you on that. Had I not been out of town for a month, I might be right with you. I got a simple kit from my wife on 9/11 and its been downhill for her ever since. She just happened to pass a local homebrew shop and thought it would be a nice cheap hobby for me.

I am on #6 and have completed many DYI projects (My favorite part of the forum) and the beginnings of brutus type sculpture being fabricated at my dads shop.

I got the dreaded "Infection" all right. But it wasn't in my beer.

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Silly Doc, you don't count the cost of the equipment in your cost per brew. Only ingredients are counted. I mean, if you think about it, you'd have bought all that other stuff anyway, right?

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I have no idea what I spent on equipment. Heck, I don't even know how much I spend on ingredients. This is a hobby, and I treat it as such. If I have the money to spend, I do. If not, well, it's just gonna have to wait.

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Silly Doc, you don't count the cost of the equipment in your cost per brew. Only ingredients are counted. I mean, if you think about it, you'd have bought all that other stuff anyway, right?
Hey , Fingers has a point. I mean, you don't count your car as an expense, yet you needed it to drive to these places to buy things. You don't count your house, but you need a place to brew. I say forget all the other stuff and only count ingredients(and maybe sanitizer). That should get you down around the $.50 mark.
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Silly Doc, you don't count the cost of the equipment in your cost per brew. Only ingredients are counted. I mean, if you think about it, you'd have bought all that other stuff anyway, right?
I agree, run the numbers based on ingredients.

You seem pretty good with number crunching anyways, so why not do the math and plot the graphs on how many batches you'll need to brew before your cost per pint (including equipment) dips below $4, $3, $2, etc.

You'll probably be surprised at how few batches it will take.
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