Originally Posted by BrewBeemer
That about sums up the whole brewing process from day one.
I don't really have much trouble there. My wife likes the beer enough I can buy pretty much whatever I want within reason.
"Reason" being defined by an amount less than our income by enough margin to not interfere with regular meals, keeping the electric/water/cable on, and not significantly impacting her shopping budget.
We live far enough within our means that I can get away with spending the money to do things pretty well. Not the fanciest stuff, or even probably the next fanciest.
Hell, let's just avoid the word "fancy". I'm more of a "does it work? Okay, does spending twice as much make the beer twice as good or half the work?" kind of guy.
And I'm also trying (as best I can) to hold back and buy equipment according to my developing brewing skills. My current goal is to get a working all-grain setup put together and while I can have my grains crushed at the store, a grain mill means buying in bulk, saving per pound, and grinding on demand.