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Old 07-20-2011, 11:24 PM   #11
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I wish i could figure it out, lost here about this. Between the suggested times i hear for conditioning and whatnot, i cant keep even one 5gal batch around long enough to have different beers around my place.
There is a very simple solution.

Let X be the greatest amount of beer that you would go through in a given amount of time (t).

Let Y be the the amount of beer that you brew in time t.

Whenever Y > X,
Whenever Y = X,
Whenever Y < X,


For example, let's say that you go through 5 gallons of beer in two weeks:
X = 5 gallons
t = 2 weeks

Y must be greater than 5 gallons.

Therefor, you must brew more than 5 gallons of beer every two weeks.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:29 PM   #12
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Brew something with a quick turn around. Biermuncher Centennial blonde, or a wheat and then get another started right away.

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Old 07-20-2011, 11:33 PM   #13
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There is a very simple solution.

Let X be the greatest amount of beer that you would go through in a given amount of time (t).

Let Y be the the amount of beer that you brew in time t.

Whenever Y > X,
Whenever Y = X,
Whenever Y < X,


For example, let's say that you go through 5 gallons of beer in two weeks:
X = 5 gallons
t = 2 weeks

Y must be greater than 5 gallons.

Therefor, you must brew more than 5 gallons of beer every two weeks.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:38 PM   #14
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It's not that buckets are cheap,but rather what goes in them is not. Using extracts,it costs $28-$55 a pop to fill those buckets,whether 5 or 6G. so,I don't know how in the world some of you can have newer houses & families & pay cash to keep 4-7 fermenters going. That's a truckload of money per year. And splitting it up to so much per bucket/bottle just sounds better. The actual amount has been spent,like it or no...
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:49 PM   #16
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The recipe I'm brewing this weekend cost me $15 including yeast and hops. I could still bring the costs down more by re-using yeast, buying hops in bulk and base malt in 55lb sacks and a few other things. Of course that is an intentionally cheap brew, I probably average $25 per 5 gallons. All grain is definitely the way to go for the long term.

Between me and my SWMBO and whatever social gatherings I might be providing beer for I only need to brew 2-3 times a month

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Old 07-20-2011, 11:50 PM   #17
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The most expensive kits I get with tax are right around $60. That $60 makes 2 cases of beer, sometimes more. That same $60 kit that makes two cases of beer is the type of beer that bought in the store would run you $10 or more for one bomber.

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Then,multiply that by how many buckets you brew & how many times a month,it adds up. Not being a buster,just being realistic about actual,total costs per month/year. We all like a pipeline,& to keep brewing. But it costs money to brew a lot. Families ain't cheap,& I'm retired. so that makes it double tough. Now,if all the kids could get jobs,& move out,...things that make ya go hmmmm.
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i was thinking about the cost too, but i found a local place that has a LOT of kits that are pretty damn cheap, like $30 all in, so for $30 for two cases, i/she can deal. Its the turnaround time thats key. I dont mind the 3-4months for something like chimay, its the OTHER beers that i dont really want tot wait for.

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With a few buckets and little cash outlay for ingredients, it's really not that hard to get a pipeline going. For example, lets say you get yourself 4 additional buckets (try asking the local bakery if they have empties). You buy enough ingredients to make 4 batches of beer ($120). Then brew every week for 4 weeks. By the 3rd or 4th week, the first batch is ready to bottle or keg, freeing up a bucket for another batch. You'll need another month for bottle conditioning, so 7-8 weeks before you're first batch is ready, but after that, as long as you keep brewing as fast as you drink, you're set.

Depending on how fast you typically go through 5 gallons, you might be brewing every two weeks or once a month from there out. If your not dry hopping or adding fruit, each of those additional brews can sit in your bucket as long as needed until you're ready to bottle or keg (no need to transfer to a secondary). Of course if you're bottling, you'll want to get another two cases of bottles.

Continuing this example, if you go through 5 gallons a month, you'd have two cases bottled and ready to drink, two cases conditioning, and at least five gallons in the fermentors. It's better to have more than one beer fermenting, in case you miss a scheduled brew session. Then, as long as you brewed and bottled at least once a month, your pipeline would always be going.

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