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Old 12-06-2012, 11:53 PM   #51
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5 gallons for about 20 bucks, life can be cheap!

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:00 AM   #52
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I love making beer because I love beer. But, I do like to see my (simple) batch-to-batch costs more for peace of mind that I'm spending less than going out and drinking it in a bar. Mine is averaging .40 to .60 cents a pint.

Bringing it more off topic, because it's fun:
Of course, there are all sorts of costs, and I'm surprised no one tried to bring in the costs of their wives/significant other's as a cost when they leave for the day to go out shopping. If I did that I'd stay in the red every brew day by at least $60.
So, I choose to keep it simple and enjoy my beer.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:09 AM   #53
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I don't mean to be pedantic, but this is kind of a pedantic topic isn't it?

But the question is cost per pint. Doing an amazing job of figuring out cost per bottle, is not apples to apples. I can do the math, but I thought I'd point out that the OP asked:

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What is your cost per pint?
To the poster above: I am both impressed and inspired by your awesome spreadsheet. I can make my own, but if you care to share, please PM me?

Thanks..and sorry for being pedantic.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:37 AM   #54
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Don't waste the money:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/20-l...trient-114837/


sorry for the double post!
Yeah, belgian candi sugar is expensive to buy and probably not as good as what you could make. Thanks for that link, I've definitely considered doing my own candi sugar and that's a good summary.

Even buying grains in bulk, I don't see how people are getting under $20 for a 5 gallon batch unless you are reusing yeast.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:40 AM   #55
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Based on cost of ingredients... I can make a mild for about $0.17 a pint. Rinsed yeast, $40 sack of British pale malt, bulk or free hops - it's pretty good. I should add that my lease has free water and the introduction of weekly all grain brewing hasn't raised my natural gas bill a cent. Slightly higher than that if you count in equipment and the like. Of course, 40 or so batches in on my current equipment and I think I've paid it off. $40 for a pot, ~$60 for cooler and fittings. However, I am now thinking about building an electric brewery which would throw the whole equipment thing way way off.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:19 AM   #56
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Yeah, belgian candi sugar is expensive to buy and probably not as good as what you could make. Thanks for that link, I've definitely considered doing my own candi sugar and that's a good summary.

Even buying grains in bulk, I don't see how people are getting under $20 for a 5 gallon batch unless you are reusing yeast.
I´m going to break down a recipe cost (i buy in euros most of the times but prices are in dollars and quantities in kilos 2pounds: .09 kilos)

23 liter IPA (a little over 6 gallons:

4.5 kg of pale malt.......................$5
0.5 kg of diverse cristal malts.........$1.45
1 kg (munich or vienne).................$1.8
0.3 kg of table sugar.....................$0.3
1oz of high alpha hop for biterring....$1
2oz cascade................................$1.9
2oz centennial.............................$4.5
1 oz summit.................................$0.8

total grains+ hops: $15.75

yeast: from a plate or slant cost of making one slant...around $ 0.15,
Dme wort needed to step up from a single cell colony: $....1.5
Miscelaneos¡us (caps, wirfloc, chemicals for water, sanitizers and cleaners) no more than $1.5.

total cost: $18.90 ad that $1.10 for electricity. And there you go $20 for 6 gallons IPA (that will give around 5.6 gallons bottled)

Of course this is made up recipe that I´ve never brewed but the cost are even a little higher of real cost, I´m acounting for shipping costs as well, and this are of things I have in stock..., you can definitely brew a beer for less than $20 a pale ale will cost less in hops, or you can make a bigger IPA and spend more.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:25 PM   #57
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Looking at the cost of the pm pale ale kit I brewed last time,I get 53c per bottle. Depends on costs for the batch vs how many bottles.
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But the question is cost per pint.
I'm guessing most of us are actually computing our cost per "beer" which is usually 12 oz. If you're bottling - it's almost always 12 ounces. Most of the "pint" glasses that we collect are also usually 12 oz glasses. It's really hard to find a real pint here in the US.

My costs stated were per 12 oz pour.
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I'm guessing most of us are actually computing our cost per "beer" which is usually 12 oz. If you're bottling - it's almost always 12 ounces. Most of the "pint" glasses that we collect are also usually 12 oz glasses. It's really hard to find a real pint here in the US.

My costs stated were per 12 oz pour.
???? I'm thinking most of these are actually "Cost per pint". And I'm not feelin' ya at all on the "it's really hard to find a real pint here in the us" either. The standard US pint glass is 16oz. Maybe you're confusing imperial pint glasses (aka, continental pint glasses) with US pint glasses? The continental/imperial pints are actually 20oz glasses designed with room for head on the beer.

Standard US Pint Glass used:




Edit: it's all good, I just think if half this thread is 16oz costs (like mine were) and half is 12 oz cost (like yours were), then we're obviously not apples to apples comparing our costs. My cost per 12oz is (obviously) 25% less then my cost for a pint.
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I keg, so I just figured out how much I get out (typical batch is 6 gallons into serving kegs) and ran the numbers that way. IMO, it doesn't matter, as much, about your glass size. If you're bottling, it just sucks since you're locked into 12oz bottles, getting ~11-11.5 ounces of beer into each glass (after figuring out what you lose to sediment in the bottles).

When I did bottle, most of my brews went into 16oz Grolsch style bottles. Some batches also used the 750ml Belgian bottles. I only used 12oz bottles for small parts of a couple of batches (ran short on the other bottles, at my brew-buddy's place). I've occasionally filled those off of tap/keg, but I'm getting away from that too. I'm more inclined to fill the 16oz bottles, or bring one of my [new] 1 gallon kegs of home brew with me.

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