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Old 10-27-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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So how much would you estimate it costs you per 12oz of homebrew? Also, list factors that affect your price vs others. AG vs extract, organic grains, etc.

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:16 PM   #2
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So how much would you estimate it costs you per 12oz of homebrew? Also, list factors that affect your price vs others. AG vs extract, organic grains, etc.
Is this total cost.

Ingredients, C02, Propane, cleaners, sanitisers (All consumables)

Or just ingredients?
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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13 to 14.7 cents per 12 oz. serving for me. Core ingredients only. Not propane, cleaners or sanitizers. Just malt, hops, & yeast.

I bought grain & hops in bulk. Liquid yeasts I propagate, dry yeasts I just a new packet. If I squeezed 10 batches out of a single packet of Nottingham like BierMuncher, I could get my cost under 12 cents a glass.

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:43 PM   #4
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35 cents for low gravity ales....., 50-60 cents for a big ass IPA....or a big 9%+Imperial Stouts....

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:43 PM   #5
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For all one-use items (grains, DME, hops, yeast) my beers are usually about $0.40 per bottle. Sometimes closer to $0.48 if I make something with a ton of adjuncts. Either way you cut it, it's still cheaper than an 18 pack of Miller High Life even when it's on sale!

Since you pay about $9.50 for a six pack of craft beer in my area, costs for my homebrew looks pretty good by comparison. And I have to say only about 33% to 40% of those have been comparable to the stuff that I've made. Once you go home(brew) you don't go back. The only time I buy other beers is if it's a new style or something I want to try and emulate.

Maybe some day I'll make 7 or 10 gallon batches and my costs will go down accordingly.

One example for a 5 to 5.5 gallon batch (about 55-60 bottles):

$10 for 3 lb. bag of dark DME

$ 3 for 1 lb. bag of light DME

$2 for 1 lb. of specialty grains

$6 for hops (about $1.50 for each 1 oz. bag...I usually use 4 oz.)

$4.50 for yeast

I'm going to guess that the low numbers I'm reading are from all grain brewing?

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:45 PM   #6
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Everything (hardware, storage, kegger, makings, etc) added up & spread over seven years of homebrewing? Around $2/pint. That should come down over the next decade or so. Better than $3-5/pint at the brewpubs or $8-12 for six.

Just the makings and propane? 0.30-0.70/pint. I could get a crusher and buy grain in bulk, but that's another $100-200 in capital costs.

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Maybe some day I'll make 7 or 10 gallon batches and my costs will go down accordingly.
How will the cost go down? You'll be using proportionatly more ingredients?
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How will the cost go down? You'll be using proportionatly more ingredients?
I always figured you'd save more if you buy in bulk. I usually buy my materials with one recipe in mind at a time, though I do have a stock pile of adjuncts and hops.

I think what I mean to say is if I did all grain, I bet my costs would go down.
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The difference between 5g and 7g will be nothing.
Buying in bulk will save money. Increasing volume will not.
(Well you will a bit on hops due to hope utilisation)

Yes AG will reduce your cost.

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I was thinking all consumables, but either works. Just say which.

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