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Old 01-06-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default So, how much (if any) money does brewing save?

Forgive the newbie question but after plopping down a few bucks on various parts of my operation which, by the way, is no where near completion - I began to contemplate all the costs involved.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't get into homebrewing to save money.

I was just wondering if anyone ever compiled the costs involved in brewing a single beer. Obviously there is an infinate number of factors involved in this question but I'm talking about just an idea? You know, a "ballpark" figure.

Once you have all the equipment (equipment not to be included in the per-beer cost) what does the avg. pint cost you?

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Old 01-06-2008, 11:02 AM   #2
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This gets asked once a month if not more often,
Snoop around and you'll find 100's of answers, many unique.
It depend if you want to save money or not.
If you want to you can. I do
Many others don't.

I even came up with a formula eons ago to answer the question for you.

It costs me any where from 10p to 30p per pint (UK) dependant what you cost in. (Gas, Electric, water, sanitiser, etc. )

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Old 01-06-2008, 11:13 AM   #3
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Just brew and don't worry about it. Eventually, the old "labor" cost of brewing will come up, and everybody will get into a debate as to what your "labor" is worth brewing your own. Your "labor" cost will always blow your brewing cost out the window. Only way I can figure to lower the labor cost would be to brew bigger batches, as it probably takes just as long to brew 100 gallons as it would 10. But, since I can only "legally" brew 200 gallons a year here in the states, I'm not looking to limit myself to 2 styles of beer a year.

However, there have been many posts previously on how to save $$, yeast washing, ect. that would make cents (sense, heh, I made a funny) incorporating into your brewing.

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oh, yeah.... not only your labor, but the electricity of running another refrigeration unit (kegerator, fridge or freezer conversion) vs sticking a sixer of a little sumthin' sumthin' in an already exsisting refrigerator in the house.

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Price of a local BMC 12 pack beer.....$21

Price of a 12 pack of homebrew.........$10 ( with everything factored in )

Look on my face after someone tells me my brews are great....PRICELESS

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I don't think I save any money....LOL. Always buying some new gadget to try out.

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Here's a few posts for your reading pleasure.

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Anyone that asks this wants to be told that they save money.

When you "save" enough money, please go into business.

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For me any money I save is secondary to being able to get good beer. People that live in areas with 500000 craft breweries don't have to worry about that portion, but here in AL we are extremely limited on the beers we can purchase.

For the dollar factor it cost me $35 for a 5 gal batch or so (I consider my weekend time free because I tend to flit it away on video games or something else useless if I have it). I was paying $6-$9 a 6 pack, so yeah, I save some money too.

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I estimate I'll only need to brew about 800 gallons to amortize my equipment costs and come out in the black

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