Originally Posted by The Pol
Buying in bulk can drive down the price of a 5 gallon batch to 10-15 bucks easy, even for IPAs.
I totally agree. I am running between $8 and $15 a batch depending on the grain and hop bills.
I buy base grain once a year for 48 cents a pound (2row, vienna, munich, maris otter), specialty grains twice a year from brewmasterswarehouse (check out on hbt!), hops once or twice a year from hops direct, 5 or 6 pounds at a time. I also slant my yeast, so purchasing a vial for 8 dollars lasts me a lifetime, I may buy a new culture of a particular strain every 3 or 4 years, but thats it.