Originally Posted by Cheesefood
I want to see Yuri's tab. His is probably 86 cents for a 2x4 and a tube of chapstick and the rest he machined out of his own awesomeness.
Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I'm afraid my bill is pretty steep...
I'll see if I can add it up, but it'll be tough - I've made countless $1.00 to $25.00 trips to various hardware stores in search of fittings, tubing, fasteners, etc.
First, I'll call the stir plate free - I've sold enough to actually more than cover the cost of one, even at the meager profit I make on them. I'm also not counting the kegerator, as I bought it originally to house commercial beer. It's been nice, though, and it was the reason I started kegging almost immediately.
Starter Kit (a la Ale Pail): $75
Grain bags: $25
9 Gal Stainless Kettle: $80
Better Bottle/Spigot: $35
Pipe/fittings for cool dangling hops bags: $20
24 22 oz'ers: $25
A lot of Grolsch (yes, I'm counting it!): At least $75
Bottle Tree: $30
Two Erlenmeyers: $50
Turbotap for the kegger: $250 (not really worth it, if you're wondering)
Recirculating pump/motor for the Frankencooler: $50
6 Cornies: $150
DIY Grain Mill: $50-ish
DIY Fermenter: $500-ish (4 more at home waiting to be finished and sold...will probably offset this a bit...which puts my fermenter investment at almost $2,000....not going to add that into the mix here)
20 gallon kettle: $180
Quick disconnect fittings for HERMS: $60
March pump (eBay): $80
DIY HERMS Heat Exchanger: $35
60 qt Cooler Mash Tun Conversion (including false bottom, sparge arm, Brewmometer): $100
Brew Closet raw goods: $100-ish
Space Heater for Brew Closet: $25
A/C Unit for Brew Closet: $50
3 RANCO controllers: $105
Turkey fryer: $40
Natural gas burner to replace turkey fryer: $80
Hardware, tubing, fittings, etc, etc: Easily over $200
I'm not even sure I want to add this up!!! Here goes...Ouch...$2510
...and I didn't even try to include ingredient costs...
EDIT: Sh!t. I just realized that I spent more on "etc, etc" than a lot of dudes have spent on their entire setup. Perhaps I should start seeking out some bargains...