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Old 02-18-2010, 08:58 PM   #21
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All lot of the times when I tell people I brew, they ask me if I do it to save money. I just laugh and say no. And it's a good thing I don't, because I just added up all the receipts from Austin Homebrew, and I've spent $950 so far. Granted that it's worth every penny, I just can't believe I've spent that much so far.

I still havnt added up the cost of the keggorator or kegs, or the items I bought from Abilene's homebrew shop either.
I tell SWMBO that I am going to drink two or three beers a night. That makes for at least a 12 pack a week. If I was buying commercial then I would be spending $9 per sixer or $18 a week. Call it $20 for ease. That is $1,000 a year. So if instead I brew with that $1,000, then I am ahead because I can get five gallons for $20 when I keg. So technically, we are saving money...right...Bueller?
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:04 PM   #22
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I have the disadvantage of being married to an accountant. $5,000 last year. I almost fell off my chair.
Copy that Ghostrider. I always have the problem with when I say that I am going to give beer and wine as a present that SWMBO thinks it is free and grows on trees and that we should really buy gifts. I tell her that it sure is free and that she better not complain then when she sees the bill for what it didn't "cost" to make it.
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Two pints and lunch once a week == $1000/year.

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Old 02-18-2010, 09:09 PM   #24
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We aren't even talking about going out funds here either...don't get me started about how homebrewing costs a lot when a beer and a shot at a bar is going to run you $15.

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Old 02-18-2010, 09:20 PM   #25
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We aren't even talking about going out funds here either...don't get me started about how homebrewing costs a lot when a beer and a shot at a bar is going to run you $15.
Yeah, and thats for a "Pint" in a 13oz glass.
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I have to argue a bit. I got started on this adventure last July 2009 and have spent $2400 so far. For the 125 gallons I've made, I'm at $1.78 a bottle. I could make at least another 50 gallons with the ingredients I have in stock, bringing it down to $1.27 a bottle. I'll probably buy ingredients for and make another 100 gallons (on top of the 50) this year, and will be looking at a cost of $1 bottle. Plain old SNPA cost about the same by the keg, and I enjoy my beer much more than I do SNPA. The beer I would want to drink would cost more than that, up to $2 / bottle if buying it by the bottle.
Considering that the time spent brewing probably keeps me from spending time spending money, a creative cost accountant could probably show more savings

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Much like me, you seem to think your "next batch" will be cheap. Let me know when you get there!

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With equipment and grain I'm at $1.24 per bottle now. Since I plan no major equipment changes that should drop this year.

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Everytime SWMBO mentions how much I spend on beer and brewing I just bring up her 2 packs a day smoking habit. That usually ends that conversation.

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i like to tell myself i facilitate the manufacture of beverages of an alcoholic nature to save my internal organs from the wrath of swill. as to saving money: i will spend dollar "x" anyhow, so why not enjoy what it buys me? like my nitro r/c, firearms, cars, motorcycles do? or i can waste it on say the lotto.

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