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Old 03-10-2011, 10:14 PM   #61
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Hell no I'm not saving money!

Sure, the ingredients are cheap but with what I spend (time and money) on equipment...

Then again, I enjoy brewing and can blow a day for $30 or less in ingredients and propane...

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #62
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yeah. as far as hobbies go, it can (stress can) be relativly cheap. but i don't know that its saving you money. unless your saving money by combining beer drinking and having a weekend hobby. (so your paying for both a hobby and your beer at the same time)

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:36 PM   #63
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Here in nebraska there is no bottle deposit. But I've spent $11 for a 4-pack of Tank 7...and that's far from spendy.

I don't brew to save...but its a nice benefit when my brew comes out cheaper than a commercial craft beer alternative.

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*Laughs uproarioulsy* Ah, the naieviity of the new brewer...

I probably spend MORE on commercial micros of an expensive nature since I started homebrewing....it's called research.

Especially hanging out on here, you read about so many interesting beers that you just have to try. You want to brew a new style, so you have to try a bunch of different versions. You want to make a clone of something so you have to keep buying to try to nail it. You have a full pipeling, with 3-4 beers drinkable, but you just happen to be in the mood for a double chocolate bourbon jalapeno porter, so you drop 12 bucls for a bomber of it.

When you start brewing your beery horizons broaden so much, you really can't escape buying beer.

(Heck, I'm getting a feel for the bock style of beer, and looking at brewing one, in one weeks I bought 3 different sixers of it, one of them was 14.00 for the six- Bell's Celebrator Dopplebock.)

Not too mention new shiny brewing toys, ingredients, yeasts, books, magazines, and whatever else I can do it.

You can't escape it.

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:51 PM   #65
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I think I have to replace my hydrometer about every 3 batches on average...
Why? Do they go bad?

I still haven't bought one yet. I think that I will buy one on my next purchase from Northern Brewer though.

The reason I got into home brewing was to save money. I am fairly confident that I save quite a bit of money. For me to buy the same amount of beer in six packs as I make in one batch would cost close to 90 dollars. And if I just buy one kit, and have to pay shipping, I get that much beer for around $30. If I buy multiple kits at once it gets even cheaper. Also soon I plan on moving to all grain using BIAB in order to save even more money.

Also you can get brewing equipment for cheap if you are trying to save money. I just found a second fermenter for free. You just have to look around and re-purpose stuff. The one big investment I had to make in my brewery was the burner and I got that using a gift card.
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Why? Do they go bad?

I still haven't bought one yet. Maybe you could sell me one you dont use anymore on the cheap.
They don't go bad...they get broken...

I don't think you want to buy his used ones.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:11 PM   #67
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(Heck, I'm getting a feel for the bock style of beer, and looking at brewing one, in one weeks I bought 3 different sixers of it, one of them was 14.00 for the six- Bell's Celebrator Dopplebock.)
Not only is it research you are performing but you are also gathering your bottles - double duty there
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:13 PM   #68
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I haven't actually brewed yet since I am waiting on my new equipment to arrive. However, going by the set up I am buying, I figured that I'm looking at about 6 - 7 dollars a bottle on my very first brew (That's including all of the equipment and ingredients). Comparable beers in this area are around 4 to 5 dollars a bottle except at Wolf Hills Brewery, where I can get a growler of great beer filled for 10 - 15 dollars.

Any beer after this initial brew will run me somewhere in the vicinity of 1 dollar a bottle so I consider that to be saving money over time since I only have to buy the equipment once. A 5 gallon set up will be perfectly fine for me indefinitely so I won't be making any huge upgrades until I go all grain and even then I have made purchases early on to facilitate that so that I will need fewer new pieces of equipment in the future.

I'm sure I have lovingly flawed my logic in there somewhere, but it makes me feel better for dropping so much cash on a brewing set up.

I thought this was the funniest reply so far. Ahh..grasshopper, to think you are done buying equipment before making your first batch.

Just today during this thread it has become painfully obvious to me I NEED a 3 gallon Carboy, a 3 gallon keg, another perlick faucet, tubing, upgraded regulator, and then I really should have a larger CO2 tank with the extra keg. I could use a new scale, actually I need it, and I've been wanting some new pilsner glasses.....

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:20 PM   #69
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i need: more corny's and more faucets. one of those diy deals where you have the pvc hoop with the paint bag attatched and the four rods comeing out so you can throw hops in the boil and take them out at the end. a ferm chamber (this will be next). a larger mashtun and boil kettle. more fermenters. and probably a ton of other stuff i can't think of. not to mention the excuse "i just need to try this because i want to brew it" i don't think i'm saving any money

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doing something you enjoy, with all you can drink ,,, is priceless

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