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Old 04-01-2011, 03:25 PM   #21
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Actually, as hobbies go, brewing is a pretty cheap one.

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Cheaper than my jeep, motorcycle, or flying airplanes, which I have ceased spending money on since starting brewing.


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Old 04-01-2011, 03:47 PM   #22
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Well, the best bit of advice I can offer is to quit counting

I've had to acquire my stuff slowly over time. Start simple and get something working and then go from there.



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Old 04-01-2011, 04:26 PM   #23
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Yeah this is cheap. I spend way more money playing golf than I do brewing, and I don't get beer from golf. After greens fee, lunch at the clubhouse, and buying a few dozen balls that I lose, I can easily drop a hundred bucks in an afternoon at the course. Then there is the Harley, fishing gear, bicycle.....

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Old 04-01-2011, 04:38 PM   #24
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Yeah this is cheap. I spend way more money playing golf than I do brewing, and I don't get beer from golf. After greens fee, lunch at the clubhouse, and buying a few dozen balls that I lose, I can easily drop a hundred bucks in an afternoon at the course. Then there is the Harley, fishing gear, bicycle.....
@milesvdustin - Let me help you with your money issue. Just send the beer and the harley my way.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #25
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Well, the best bit of advice I can offer is to quit counting

I've had to acquire my stuff slowly over time. Start simple and get something working and then go from there.
Amen to that...

BTW, I lived down in your neck of the woods for the better part of 10 years... Satellite Beach, Melbourne, and Melbourne Beach... Just glad to be back in a part of the country where we actually have seasons... Not warmish (winter), warm (early spring), HOT (late spring/late fall) and holy F it's HOT out (summer, which IME, runs from about May through October)...

Loving that we got snow last night and some today...

As for the OP... I don't really track what I spend on brewing... I just make sure I can afford to spend what I need to each month, or when ordering something. Right now, money is tight since I'm between jobs... Good chance that's about to change though. If nothing else, with a few months of contract work. OR, I'll be getting a perm (or as perm as it gets these days) job up in NH... Keeping fingers crossed on that one (when not typing at least)...
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:26 PM   #26
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pfft, I have 3 kids, a wife and a Porsche!
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How do most people afford this? Seriously, I've drop 2-300$ over the last few months and am no where near the control panel that I'd like.
My wife is gonna toss me out if I keep buying misc. stuff from eBay and amazon.
Well.......time to butter her up.
+1 on that! $300 on Blichanns? Yeah, they look purty, but I'm in it to use the stuff, not stare at it. I'm in it for the functionality. A converted keg works fine for me.

Yeah, I kinda figured it would take me a while to come up with all the parts. I started gathering my bits and pieces a year ago and gave myself two years to complete the whole shebang.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:20 PM   #28
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Heh, it's not just electric brewing. I got a great deal on some 25g stainless kettles for $125 each. The false bottoms I want will cost $150 each

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How do most people afford this? Seriously, I've drop 2-300$ over the last few months and am no where near the control panel that I'd like.
My wife is gonna toss me out if I keep buying misc. stuff from eBay and amazon.
Well.......time to butter her up.
So you have already used the eBay trick. It tends to make each purchase small enough that it does not register on the radar.

Home brewers are the epitome of "do it yourself", and with that mindset costs can be controlled quite a bit. We do not all need Blingman kettles and three-piece stainless valves on all the equipment. For example look what Walker did with the DIY PWM for the BK. Homemade counter flow chiller is another cost saver. Someone made brew vessels out of used food-grade plastic barrels. Many control panels are overkill, mine included, and can be made a lot less expensive. Armed with some knowledge and ingenuity, they can be put together for way less, and safely too. Also, be patient and gather the parts over time.

As a young man I had more time on my hands than money. That made me shy away from bling and develop skills to make stuff myself. This is not a bad thing. Now that I am older the money/time situation has reversed, but I would still be embarrassed to buy and show off shiny stuff someone else made. IMHO, it just goes against the whole idea of home brewing. After all, we can buy some very good beers now, yet we make our own.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:25 PM   #30
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