Originally Posted by Prowler 13
I wouldn't think going all grain is much cheaper. Not enough to pay out for a long time unless you brew a lot of beer.
I spent about $400 on extra equipment for all grain over a period of about 10 years. I brew a 5g batch every two to three weeks. Each batch saves me about $10 (buying in bulk). That takes 40 batches to recover the cost of the equipment.
By my calculations, I've saved about $1,600 over the past 10 years.
The down-side is if I charge for my time at the rate I get paid, it has cost me an extra $50,000.
I don't think I'll quit my day job to become a professional brewer.