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Old 09-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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In the USA

A 500ml beer in the US comes to $1.80, $1.28 for 12 oz, or 5 gallons for $34.

While they say that the cost is largely driven by BMC and friends, I've brewed below $34. I don't do all-grain.

If you're even close to $34 for a batch of homebrew, you're making craft beer at fantastic price!


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Old 09-25-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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That's pretty much a given for all grain. I buy malt in bulk from brewpubs, hops by the pound, stretch a yeast vial using a starter and brew 10 gallon batches for $30-35 easily.



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Old 09-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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how much do you get your malt for

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I just brewed a 5 gallon batch of wit (grain from local brewery, hops by the pound, reused/washed yeast) for a total cost, propane use included, of about $25.

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That's cool and all that; my last brew cost around $20. Can of malt on sale, 500g DME for $8, homegrown hops, a pound of corn sugar. But if I was in it for the cheepnis, I would be buying 36 cans of Milwaukee for $18. Last time I was in Wisconsin a sixer of Stevens Point could be had for $1.50. My brews mostly cost more than $40 but they are worth way more than that. Where I live a pint of Guiness in a pub will run you $8.

But I rave.....

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:03 PM   #6
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Can of malt on sale, 500g DME for $8, homegrown hops, a pound of corn sugar.
Sounds thin.
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how much do you get your malt for
I pay $25-30 per sack of Weyermanns Pilsner and Munich, wheat and 2 row. Maris Otter is usually around $35 per sack.
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I can brew skeezers zombie dust clone(a batch I make frequently) for

12.60 grain
10.40 hops(8 oz citra)
~1.00 yeast(its actually less I make 8-12 batches on one vial)

24.00

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Sounds thin.
I forgot to mention the 750 grams of various crystal malts I had on hand and since this was a sunk cost I didn't include it. Pretty much just made up a mixture of leftovers. The result was actually a decent dark ale.
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Wow. My next PM recipe is setting me back about $65 for 5 gallons.

It's a Goose Island Bourbon Stout clone though. And when you factor in the fifth of bourbon, it starts to add up... ;-)

However I also brew a haus Hefeweizen with 7lbs of grain and a yeast cake that normally gets reused May through September. And that beer runs me about $2.40 per gallon or roughly $0.30 per half liter.
I have a few other session beer recipes as well.



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