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Old 02-19-2008, 03:46 AM   #1
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Hello all

I recently just bought my brewmaking kit and am really exciting about brewing my own beer. I'm in college, so one of the main reasons for me to brew my own beer is to save some green and also to make myself specifically the kind of beer that I want.
I went to go by my hops, malts, yeasts, etc. today today and I got some bad news. I was quoted on spending about $45 for all that stuff. I almost pooped myself right then and there.
I suppose it was just my imagination, but I was planning on spending way less than that.
How much does it typically cost everyone to brew a good quality batch of beer (about five gallons)? Is it around the 45 dollar range, or can I get it cheaper?
To be honest, I'd like to pay between 20-30 dollars. Is that possible without brewing a beer like Bud Light?

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Old 02-19-2008, 03:50 AM   #2
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WAY cheaper what this an extract or all grain batch? Does the pace you bought it at have a website?

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Old 02-19-2008, 03:54 AM   #3
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The beer that I was quoted on spending $45 dollars for was an ale called One Night Stand. It called for about 10 different ingredients in total. I'm not quite sure of the other details for you. I got a bit dizzy there for a bit.

Cheers!

But anyways... If I'm able to spend 20-30 dollars for a batch of beer, I'm game. Like I said, I do not wanna brew a bud light beer. I would much rather brew a quality beer, something even along the lines of Yeungling.

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I just spend around $50 for enough ingredients for two batches. Two wheats so Im not making anything like Bud Light and it cost me around $25 for a batch.

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Old 02-19-2008, 03:59 AM   #5
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if you are just starting, try a beer kit, some brewing sugars (save a little for priming) and get a better yeast. Overall, maybe around 30us?

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My all grain batches typically cost in the $20 - $30 range. I brew 10 gallon batches so I usually drop about $50 at a time. It all depends on the hops (my LHBS only sells 60 gram packages), the amount and type of grain, and the type of yeast you use. If you use dry yeast, and many do with excellent results, you save quite a bit. I don't think I've ever gone over $30 for five gallons if you subtract the items that aren't directly related to the batch (iodophor, racking cane, etc)

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I would agree with the $20-$30 figure for a sessionable beer. If you reuse your yeast you can save $7 a batch. If you buy in bulk you can save even more.

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Old 02-19-2008, 04:26 AM   #8
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Austin Home Brew has a lot of good kits for very reasonable prices. I just brewed a nice Rogue clone for around $30 and that includes a fair amount of hops.
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Well, if you brew a mild:
approximately 6 lbs grain at $1.25/lb
0.5 Oz any bittering hop (EKG is best but they're all gone) $1.00
Safale S-04 yeast: about $2.00

That comes to a total of $10.50
Hop prices vary a lot these days depending on your LHBS

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Thanks guys, that helps a ton.


Good Brewing!

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