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Old 12-17-2009, 01:58 AM   #11
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Well, sure. You don't factor in the cost of your car when you're calculating MPG, do you?

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:58 AM   #12
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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...
That's the plan. I'm a CPA and an Attorney. I keep meticulous records. This post will be revived every few months. At this point, I really have everything I need for easy brew days.

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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.
You know, I have never really had a hobby that I was passionate about. I have gotten into many things, but they were more or less fads. My friends have jabbed me saying, "I notice a trend with you...you get WAY into something and then it kinda fizzles." To this I respond, "you know what will never fizzle...my love of drinking beer." There is nothing cooler than making the beer you love and designing your own setup to do it. This is a hobby that I can do until I need a walker, and hopefully by then, I can hire helpers to move the carboys about.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:58 AM   #13
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First off, destroy that spreadsheet before it destroys you! Over time the cost will lessen when your only buying ingredients and the occasional new toy. Secondly, what are the bricks for?

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looks like a dozen beat me to my point

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Old 12-17-2009, 02:03 AM   #15
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I can't help but notice that you bought a lot of the same things twice, like a 20 qt pot, then two days later, bought another. Then you bought a fridge off craigslist, then a while later, bought a chest freezer from lowes. The only thing I can say to keep your cost down would be to do an extensive amount of research before purchasing products. Also, I would appear that you got ripped off with the price of your kegging system. I got my fridge and CO2 tank for free of craigslist, and a kegging system with faucets for 160 off kegconnections. Oh well, all I can say is..... Good for you man!!! now make that price per pint go down by brewing more!

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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.
Assuming no more equipment purchases and $30 per batch:

20 batches: $4.40 per pint
30 batches: $3.18 per pint
40 batches: $2.58 per pint
50 batches: $2.21 per pint
60 batches: $1.97 per pint
70 batches: $1.79 per pint
80 batches: $1.66 per pint
90 batches: $1.56 per pint

At 300 batches, I will be at $0.99 per pint.
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I can't help but notice that you bought a lot of the same things twice, like a 20 qt pot, then two days later, bought another. Then you bought a fridge off craigslist, then a while later, bought a chest freezer from lowes. The only thing I can say to keep your cost down would be to do an extensive amount of research before purchasing products. Also, I would appear that you got ripped off with the price of your kegging system. I got my fridge and CO2 tank for free of craigslist, and a kegging system with faucets for 160 off kegconnections. Oh well, all I can say is..... Good for you man!!! now make that price per pint go down by brewing more!
I completely agree. That is why I tell my friends who want to get into brewing to consult me before buying "little" and then realizing you want to be "bigger". There are many things, such as my kettles, that I wish I would have just started big with. As far as the kegging system, those numbers include a ton of corneys. I tend to buy my stuff new (not the corneys) but everything else...It is just the way I operate, but I know if I put in the due diligence, I could find better deals.
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At 300 batches, I will be at $0.99 per pint.

So by this time next year you'll be good.
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So by this time next year you'll be good.
Haha...at 5 per month, it would be about 5 years. I never got into this hobby to save money, and I am positive I'm not done buying equipment...but for the next year or so, I am. I have my first child on the way.
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Assuming no more equipment purchases and $30 per batch:

20 batches: $4.40 per pint
30 batches: $3.18 per pint
40 batches: $2.58 per pint
50 batches: $2.21 per pint
60 batches: $1.97 per pint
70 batches: $1.79 per pint
80 batches: $1.66 per pint
90 batches: $1.56 per pint

At 300 batches, I will be at $0.99 per pint.
You need to get off this site and brew. If you brewed every week, it'll be almost 6 years before you reach the $0.99/pint level. By then, you'll have built a bigger, more expensive rig, and be that much further behind.


edit: Damn, I'm slow...
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