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Old 02-21-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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I was down at the store lately to pick up some Cooper's and thought I'd try some other stuff. Well, I was a little surprised to see that the Kriek-clone was double the cost of the Cooper's. And it didn't end there. After a bit of investigating I see that stuff on AHS can be up to 70 bucks for a can of Belgian Dutch Castle Magic!

Until recently I thought extracts were around 15-20 bucks. I see that I'm very wrong.

Just wondering what you all consider fair to pay for a decent can of extract?

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Old 02-21-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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Some examples:

Austin Homebrew: $2.69 - $3.49 per lb (custom quantities)
Brewmasters Warehouse: $3.33 - $3.63 per lb (3.3 lb cans)
Northern Brewer: $2.67 - $4.38 per lb (3.15 lb jugs, 6 lb jugs and various cans)
Williams Brewing: $2.36 - $2.98 per lb (6 to 8 lb pouches)

Those $70 kits are a lot more than just cans of extract. They include steeping or mashing grains and hops also.

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At my LHBS I pay $10.50 for a three lb. bag of Briess DME, Munton's is a quarter more. This is the biggest cost of a batch unless I'm making a real hoppy beer with hops I buy there by the ounce. On average I figure $35-$40 per batch, about $5 a sixxer for water, fuel and all ingredients. My time is free because I LOVE doing it.

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Old 02-22-2009, 01:37 AM   #4
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At my LHBS LME is $2.75/lb for self serve quantities, but you can buy the 15kg jug for $2.25/lb. I haven't done that yet, but probably will at some point. By harvesting yeast, doing large boils (to minimize hop requirements) and buying bulk LME and priming sugar I figure I can get the cost below $20/batch, or about $2.50/6-pack.

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I haven't bought extract in a while, but I did notice the price the other day when I visited the LHBS.

$23 for a 7lb. can = $3.29/lb.

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Morebeer.com has it for 2.60lb

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The price of hops is killing me.
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The price of hops is killing me.
They are not so bad if you buy in bulk from hopsdirect.com. Sadly, I don't have the freezer space to do so myself. Take a look - they have pretty much all the common types in stock.
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I was down at the store lately to pick up some Cooper's and thought I'd try some other stuff. Well, I was a little surprised to see that the Kriek-clone was double the cost of the Cooper's. And it didn't end there. After a bit of investigating I see that stuff on AHS can be up to 70 bucks for a can of Belgian Dutch Castle Magic!

Until recently I thought extracts were around 15-20 bucks. I see that I'm very wrong.

Just wondering what you all consider fair to pay for a decent can of extract?

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You are confused about what you are looking at on our website. There is malt extract in a can and there are beer kits in a can. These are different items.

The kit you refer to Belgian Dutch Castle Magic is a very large amount of fresh ingredients that makes a very complex beer that is over 10% alcohol.
You really can't compare a canned kit with a fresh ingredient kit.

Our fresh extract (not canned) is $2.79 per pound.

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You are confused about what you are looking at on our website. There is malt extract in a can and there are beer kits in a can. These are different items.

The kit you refer to Belgian Dutch Castle Magic is a very large amount of fresh ingredients that makes a very complex beer that is over 10% alcohol.
You really can't compare a canned kit with a fresh ingredient kit.

Our fresh extract (not canned) is $2.79 per pound.

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As stated above, a higher ABV brew will cost you more because of the fermentables you have to provide. How I boost my extract kits is buying a couple lbs of two row, crushing and doing a little partial mash prior to continuing with extract recipe. BTW... austin home brew... your "DA BOMB" wish you were closer to i-35, i make the trip from dallas to san antonio about once every 3 months.
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