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Old 11-08-2012, 04:35 AM   #51
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Wow you got raped...

I order all my grains (individual recipes) from brewmasters hardware, and each individual batch costs me $40 or less including shipping. I don't harvest yeast either. That may be a little much, but it's only ~$10 more than buying grains at the LHBS. I know I'm gettin the best grains for that recipe (not substitutes for the common grains they have on hand) and I can buy just the amount of grains/hops for that recipe. So the extra $10 it costs me to get my grains is worth it to me.

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:19 PM   #52
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I don't think he got shafted. Those prices seem pretty close to what I get at my LHBS. The grains are about right. If the Nottingham packs were 5 dollars each and he had to buy his hops in 2 oz packs (maybe $2 and ounce) then it makes sense... hops do seems a little suspect price wise though.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:16 PM   #53
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I don't think he got shafted. Those prices seem pretty close to what I get at my LHBS.
That only means that you also are getting shafted my friend
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:19 PM   #54
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$40 it seems like too much for me. I live in Spain and somethings are more expensive here. I pay about 25 USD for a 6 gallon batch... Buy in bulk, harvest yeast you guys are paying too much.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:20 PM   #55
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IME, $47 for an all grain batch is way too much. Then again, I guess I'm spoiled by buying my grain smart (group grain buys) as well as my hops (1#, or large amounts when on sale). The LHBS I now live not even 10 minutes away from has good prices on liquid yeast ($6/packet) and dry yeast too. I was paying $8 for each liquid pack at the old LHBS, plus the cost of fuel to get there.

Some of the best ways to save on ingredients is to buy in bulk. Often times, though, it's only through group grain buys that you can really get good pricing. When a pallet, or three, is being ordered, pricing gets really good. Hell, it's even good with just one pallet being ordered.

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1.5 an pound for base malt is pretty standard for me, about 2 bucks for anything specialty. Yeast is somewhere between 5 and 8 depending on the type, and hope are somwhere between 1 and 3 dollars an ounce.

Average batch about 12 lb:

10 base - $15
2 Special - $4
Yeast - $8
Hops - $12 (not buying in bulk and abuot 6oz)

That's just about 40 bucks for a regular pale ale.

(You also have the misc costs of propane, brewing salts, sanitizer, percarb, etc)

I don't have the luxury of buying in bulk grain wise and I don't really want to buy a mill. I make a lotta different types of beers so harvesting yeast doesn't make a lotta sense for me at the moment.

My total cost is usually between 1 to 2 bucks a beer.

I guess I am curious too how most folks harvest their yeast...?

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:55 PM   #57
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Batch I'm brewing next weekend includes
12# base malt, about 2.5# additional malts, 4.5oz of hops and a packet of yeast (making a starter as always).
Cost comes to a hair over $20 for the batch. That's for getting 6 gallons into keg. That breaks down to under $0.50 per pint. Even if I factor in the DME used to make the starter, it comes out to under $0.50 per pint glass of brew.

I enjoy having my mill since it allows me to crush the grain on brew day. Usually less than an hour from when the mash starts. With the savings had by buying bulk grain, I'm pretty sure I've already recovered the cost of the mill. Especially if you're paying that much per pound of base malt.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #58
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I pay 1.2 USD for a kilo of base malt that´s with shipping included, I´ve also got it for around 1.5 USD kilo. Doesn´t cost me more than 2 USD a kilo of special grains.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:03 PM   #59
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so you guys are buying 50lb bags?

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:03 PM   #60
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Oblivious, where do you get it for that cheap?

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