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Old 03-08-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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Does it start to become expensive when doing all grain brewing and mashes and the like? As opposed to just buying you favorite commercial beer...
Not that I give a **** cos it's a hobby and the beer tastes better anyway. Just wondering that's all.
What is everyone's typical per bottle price

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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I jumped to all grain about 2 years ago And learned very quickly that you can spend a couple hundred or a few thousand on equipment. Once you get past that, then, definitely, you can make beer cheaper than commercial beer. They way I look at it is: it's a hobby where you are going to sink money into it, but you get something back other than just enjoyment.

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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If you buy it a little at a time it's not so bad, it took me a long time to make a brew stand but now that I have it, it's my pride and joy. If you buy one cheep six pack of craft beer it's about ten bucks. If I run 3 ten gallon batches in a day (about 6 cases) or about 24 six packs or $240 worth of beer that I don't have to buy. Great for partys and as gifts. But yes I just spent 400$ on pumps and 450$ on grain, hops, and cleaners in a groop buy, but I'm set for the next year.

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Write off equipment costs as toys if you're not brewing for a living.

All-grain is certainly cheaper than extract, even more so if you go bulk and skip the kits.

I can probably make an all-grain batch using bulk grain and hops for half the price of your extract kit shipped.

If you have a kit you'd like me to compare prices to, let me know.

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Definately cheeper. I spend an average of $20 ($27 if I buy yeast) on 5 gals. That yeilds about 23 bottles (22 oz bottles). So, thats less than $1 per 22 oz bottle. Most 22s cost about $3-4. Overall, its about a quarter of the price of buying.

I like to pretend that I didn't spend a bunch of dough on my equipment (I did say pretend, right?). And I like to pretend that my wife doesn't know either

If you factor in time (approx 8 hours per batch from firing the burners to tapping.the keg) then the cost goes up, of course. But, hey, it's a hobby, so I don't count MY time.

Dang...But this is begging me to calculate some Break-even points and Co

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Definately cheeper. I spend an average of $20 ($27 if I buy yeast) on 5 gals. That yeilds about 23 bottles (22 oz bottles). So, thats less than $1 per 22 oz bottle. Most 22s cost about $3-4. Overall, its about a quarter of the price of buying.

I like to pretend that I didn't spend a bunch of dough on my equipment (I did say pretend, right?). And I like to pretend that my wife doesn't know either

If you factor in time (approx 8 hours per batch from firing the burners to tapping.the keg) then the cost goes up, of course. But, hey, it's a hobby, so I don't count MY time.

Dang...But This is begging me to calculate a Break-even point, variable costs, fixed costs, etc., etc... ok, time to dust off the old text books. I will charge my hours for that.

~Cheers!

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Whoa, that was a bit of a rant. The homebrew is kicking in

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Now that I've started buying my grain in bulk, toast my own grains for specialties, and am farming yeast my costs have dropped considerably. It's down to at least 50% the cost of extract per batch if not more depending on what I'm brewing.

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Only if you have an addiction for constantly upgrading your brewing setup

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Only if you have an addiction for constantly upgrading your brewing setup
That's pretty much the biggest cost is equipment but I make due with pretty cheap stuff and brew beer that I am very proud of. If I had the money to spend I would probably upgrade some stuff like tossing out my immersion chiller for starters but I can definitely live without. Like I said, I am spending less on ingredients and still brewing better beer than I did with extract.

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT wanting to start a flame war over AG vs Extract with my statements. You can make awesome beer with extracts, as did I. I am just saying I enjoy having more control over the ingredients and I feel I enjoy my beer more as a result. That is all!
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