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Old 07-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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I just read on another thread that homebrewing isn't cost effective. This is a bit disappointing as I had hoped that with larger quantities and more buying in bulk that it could be made cost effective over the long-run. Is this nonsense or do commercial brewers have great advantages in their economies of scale? How much do you think you can brew a 6-pack for (assuming the bottles are reused and not taking into account brewing upgrades, etc).

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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Not counting the price of water I can brew for ~$3 a 6pack for session beers. This is without buying in bulk.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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I would strongly disagree - I've done a breakdown of my brewing setup on my blog, and in my case, I am saving money.

Of course, YMMV, depending on the local cost of beer, ingredient costs, equipment costs, etc. But most of us can produce beers for less than an equivalent commercial example. Its equipment costs that tend to bit into the savings, so if you can keep that in control you can come out way ahead.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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I think the whole not cost effective part is always doing upgrades. I do 1 gallon brews and my cost is average $6-7 for 10 beers. Considering a 6 pack of quality beer these days is $10 I am saving a little money unless you count my time which I am usually watching sports and drinking beer. So I call it a win.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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It really depends how you calculate the value of your time....

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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It really depends how you calculate the value of your time....
Only if you would be getting paid to do something else. Time is spent regardless of whether it is on the couch watching TV or brewing. If you count your time against the cost of brewing you are in the wrong hobby.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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When you factor in some of the equipment costs (especially for the shiny rigs people have), fridges, kegs, freezers, conicals, etc... you can get leaps and bounds away from being cost effective very quickly.

Honestly though: Who makes homebrew for the sole purpose of saving money?

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #8
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It is a very safe assumption that you will not save money.

Yes, buying craft beer is expensive. Yes, marginal batch costs are cheap. But equipment isn't free (see above), and you'll probably end up buying more beer than you otherwise would.

Of course there are exceptions, and some will post their math in this thread, but most of us have not saved money. But it's still worth it to brew.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #9
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Doing all grain, 5 gal batches, buying hops by the pound online, I can brew an IPA or even a IIPA for $26 per batch, which is about $3.25 per six pack. This is of course after the purchase of all my brew equipment and also kegging. I always have some old 12 or 22 oz bottles around or growlers if I want to share or give some out.

Bottom line -- VERY cost effective! As mentioned previously a good sixer will cost $10 and some IIPA and other you pay that for a 4-pack!!

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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It's a hobby, for crying out loud! I don't do it to save money...I do it because I LIKE to brew! And since I'm retired, I'm not getting paid in the first place! Do I save money by brewing my own beer? Nope.

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