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Old 05-25-2011, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default The reason its hard to save money homebrewing

There are always threads on here about whether or not you can save money homebrewing. I used to be on the side that said there definitely was. I mean 2 cases for 20-30 bucks? thats a lot better than 10 dollars a 6er.

I thought that I was probably getting close to making back money on all of my equipment investments, and was going to start saving money. I started thinking about what I am going to need and want soon, and started pricing out how to build an IC and my next 3 batches.

But when I went to rack my last batch to a secondary I realized it was infected. (or at least i am pretty sure, something is definitely wrong with it). So now I am out 2 cases of beer, a primary fermenter (it was in a plastic bucket), and potentially some tubing and an auto-siphon, because that might be where the infection came from.

So not a big deal originally, about 20 dollars for the beer, another 15 maybe for the bucket. Then I find out my hydrometer is out of calibration as well.

So on top of the prices for my next batch of ingredients, I will also need about 15 bucks for a bucket and another 10 for a new hydrometer. And that would be with brewing a batch and just hoping its not my tubing thats infected. And some more yeast, because I had planned on the cake that the infected batch is sitting on to last me for about 5 more batches.

I know that none of those are huge expenses, but for a currently unemployed student, its putting a damper on my budget.

So to make it short, I think its going to be a long time before I am truly saving money brewing it instead of buying my own. I guess its cheaper than the new mountain bike I want to buy though.

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Old 05-25-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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I have spent a lot so far but its well worth it. I dont do it just to save money tbh. I mean its a hobby to. Some other hobbys are a straight up money pit. That said, once you get to doing 10 gal batches, bulk grain and hops, reusing yeast etc you can make some really good cheap beer.

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Old 05-25-2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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I read these threads constantly and as a resident of Ontario the answer is always simple - homebrew is cheaper. Period. A 24 of coors light cost me 38 dollars last weekend. The idea of buying 24 guiness makes me think about my mortgage payments. There are 300ml bottles of craft brew for 4.00 (Innis & Gunn as well as Dragon Stout for examples).

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Yea my way of justifying it as saving money is only in comparison to other hobbies I would be spending money on. its a whole lot cheaper than other things, and you get a product you would otherwise have to buy.

My real point is that even once I started thinking I was going to save money something happens and I am more or less back to square one.

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Also - buy gear that won't wear out like better bottles and buy gear used. In the end you have just as much gear as ever and you can sell it for what you paid.

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I read these threads constantly and as a resident of Ontario the answer is always simple - homebrew is cheaper. Period. A 24 of coors light cost me 38 dollars last weekend. The idea of buying 24 guiness makes me think about my mortgage payments. There are 300ml bottles of craft brew for 4.00 (Innis & Gunn as well as Dragon Stout for examples).
whats the cost of a batch of homebrew for you? I'm on a tight budget right now, and on a per batch basis I would be saving money, but having to buy new equipment, and wanting to upgrade some things, saving money just seems a lot further away. And plus by that time who knows what else I will have had to replace.
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Yeah I have been considering going with glass for my new primary, but to be honest I would rather just buy a new primary if I need one instead of risking a glass death trap. My cats love hanging out around my feet whenever I am carrying something and don't see them, so its not worth the risk. And I was thinking about looking for a primary on craig's list, but I don't know if I would trust that it would ever be clean enough. I don't know if bacteria really harbor in scratches, but it seems reasonable enough to be concerned.

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I read these threads constantly and as a resident of Ontario the answer is always simple - homebrew is cheaper. Period. A 24 of coors light cost me 38 dollars last weekend. The idea of buying 24 guiness makes me think about my mortgage payments. There are 300ml bottles of craft brew for 4.00 (Innis & Gunn as well as Dragon Stout for examples).
Holy crappolla. Coors is like 15 bucks here. 35/40 will get you a case of really good stuff here. I have spent like 50 bucks a batch for my first too. Not saving a ton but thats extract. Extract is taxed.
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Holy crappolla. Coors is like 15 bucks here. 35/40 will get you a case of really good stuff here. I have spent like 50 bucks a batch for my first too. Not saving a ton but thats extract. Extract is taxed.
Huh, I didn't know extract was taxed! No wonder my AG batches are significantly cheaper. I figured grain was cheaper just because of the extra work involved.
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I have developed an algorithm which demonstrates that my monetary beer expenditure is constant. As I've gotten into homebrewing, the cost per beer has decreased dramatically, but consumption has increased by the same percentage.

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