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Blaine 01-17-2007 06:21 AM

Cost Difference AG vs Extract
 
I am planning an AG in the next few weeks however when I costed the recipee it appears that the AG is going to cost approximatly 2-2.5 time the cost of the equivilate size extract.

Does this sound right?

aseelye 01-17-2007 06:27 AM

How are you arriving at this figure?

Orfy 01-17-2007 06:28 AM

No. propably the other way round.
AG is cheaper, especially if you brew more and buy bulk.

Brewsmith 01-17-2007 07:23 AM

My LHBS sells base malt for $1.09/lb. while extract is about $10 for 3 lbs. For an average brew, say 1.050 OG, I'd use somewhere around 10 lbs of grain. It won't all be base malt, so lets just say $12.50 for a round number for grain. For the same gravity using extract I'd need about 6 lbs, costing $20. The hops and yeast would be the same. I can do all grain brews for easily under $20 while extract was costing me $30.

seohiosipper 01-17-2007 10:56 AM

I would have to agree that AG is cheaper than extract. That's one of the reasons I switched to AG, along with more control and the bigger challenge.

zoebisch01 01-17-2007 11:35 AM

One recipe I have was around $25 extract. For AG it costs me about $9.50. And, to boot, I am left with 6 gallons of final wort volume.

sonvolt 01-17-2007 11:50 AM

AG=Cheap
Extract=Expensive
Thread=Done

the_bird 01-17-2007 11:55 AM

Remember, though, the OP is Australian. I know that the "kit and a kilo" canned extracts are pretty common down there, I would presume that they are dirt cheap (especially since the "kilo" refers to a KG of table sugar), and it wouldn't surprise me if grain was more expensive than it was in the States.

So for U.S. brewers, AG is absolutelr cheaper, usually about 50% cheaper if you ignore the cost of the extra equipment. For Australians, I have no idea.

JnJ 01-17-2007 12:26 PM

An easy way to see the cost difference is to go to any big online store (AHBS, NB, Midwest) and look at the same recipe in extract and AG, the AG is always cheaper.

zoebisch01 01-17-2007 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the_bird
Remember, though, the OP is Australian. I know that the "kit and a kilo" canned extracts are pretty common down there, I would presume that they are dirt cheap (especially since the "kilo" refers to a KG of table sugar), and it wouldn't surprise me if grain was more expensive than it was in the States.

So for U.S. brewers, AG is absolutelr cheaper, usually about 50% cheaper if you ignore the cost of the extra equipment. For Australians, I have no idea.

This is a good insight. I hadn't looked at where Blaine lived, and this could be having an influence.

I guess it should be added that buying in bulk can significantly impact your cost. My cost went down roughly %25 going from purchasing 1 lb increments of whole grain to 50 lb bags.


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