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Old 05-21-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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Ok so I'm starting my second batch tomorrow (hefe). I have been buying the brewers best kits... I am just curious if I can save money not buying the kits and buying the products in them on my own...

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Buying in bulk is almost always less expensive...

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Ok so I'm starting my second batch tomorrow (hefe). I have been buying the brewers best kits... I am just curious if I can save money not buying the kits and buying the products in them on my own...
Yes, you can.

Ask yourself if it is worth storing some ingredients or not.
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I see your in Philly. There is a guy on Craigslist in Doylestown who is selling 55# sacks of 2-row for $45. Pick up a few of them and start growing hops and you'll find you can brew quality 5 gallon batches for $10-$15.

Short of doing that I find that buying in bulk is the way to go and it almost always cheaper than kits.

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The kits are nice to start with, but if you know what you are doing, you can just read a recipe and buy what you need. Maybe tweak the recipe if you like. I am pretty sure that buying grain from the buckets at the LHBS is going to be cheaper than buying a prepackaged kit. But, some people just want to grab a box and brew beer.

The cost of brewing is roughly like:

Extract Kit
Bulk Extract ingredients purchase
All Grain Kit
Bulk All Grain ingredients purchase
Group Buy Grain

From costs most to costs less. I cut my spending on ingredients in half by going AG and buying sacks of grain and hops by the pound (and growing some).

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I see your in Philly. There is a guy on Craigslist in Doylestown who is selling 55# sacks of 2-row for $45. Pick up a few of them and start growing hops and you'll find you can brew quality 5 gallon batches for $10-$15.

Short of doing that I find that buying in bulk is the way to go and it almost always cheaper than kits.
I have gardening room out back of my house but I have dogs so I would have to keep close watch on it. I also have a nice garneing space out front of my house that flowers are being grown in right now. Just worried about the squirels and stuff grabbin ahold of the hobs and ruining my crop.
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I have gardening room out back of my house but I have dogs so I would have to keep close watch on it. I also have a nice garneing space out front of my house that flowers are being grown in right now. Just worried about the squirels and stuff grabbin ahold of the hobs and ruining my crop.
Knock on wood, but I've never had a problem with the rabbits or squirrels in the area messing with my hops. The rabbits at least prefer to go after my peas and romaine.
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bulk is the way to go. I am at a point where I usually don't need to get anything from the homebrew shop to make just about any type of beer and most batches are between 10-15 bucks even an IPA, only my barleywine gets above that and I get 2 beers out of that batch

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Actually... my room has a window that leads to a roof I can buy some planters and just plant some hops right outside my window so I can keep a nice close watch on them.

BTW how do the hops do in the winter... cause philadelphia can have some rough winters.

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Hops are cut right to the ground before winter and they will enjoy being frozen completely!

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