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Old 03-29-2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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Default How much have you spent on equipment?

I'm into it for about $1700, but I have pretty much everything I would ever want, at least for a while.

This is for a Pol-style HERMS setup, stand, keezer, keggle, CFC, 4 bucket fermenters, 4 cornys, 2 carboys, 50 32oz swingtops, another 100 or so misc bottles, and all the usual odds and ends. Keezer consists of a 14.8 cuft freezer w/Ranco controller, 10# tank, one dual reg, 4 way distrubuter, set up for 4 Perlick faucets and cornys (but I can fit 8).

The only other thing I want at this point is a grain mill. I got a lot of stuff from Craigslist.


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Old 03-29-2009, 04:42 AM   #2
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That is a dangerous question for a lot of us to answer... so I won't , but it's a lot...


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Old 03-29-2009, 04:47 AM   #3
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Don't know don't care but the beer is good.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:51 AM   #4
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too much/not enough
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:06 AM   #5
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Prolly upwards to 10K by now everything tally'ed. I have sold off much of the older no longer used stuff so if you figure the credit, maybe $8k. But, I ain't done.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:10 AM   #6
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I'm just hoping to see some big numbers so I feel better about myself.
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:09 AM   #7
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This is a question best left unanswered....
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That's just a best guess, and if my wife ever reads this, I'm sure it's much less! This includes the all of the changes I've made to my system over the last 3-4 years as it's evolved:

$300- 3 converted kegs/3 propane burners/ 3-tier stand/pump/several immersion chillers, 6-7 carboys
$120 - Barley crusher
$250 - Conversion to electric
$220 - Kegging setup, 3 faucets / 15lb tank / dual reg / Fridge was free
$300 - 10 cornies, 2 - 3 gallon kegs
$175 - Fudge factor , probably forgot a few things.
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Around $300 until last week....when I started accumulating the equipment I'll need to make the move to AG. That was a Bayou Classic SP10 for $45......and the next thing will be an MLT conversion, on which I expect to spend $70-80, will probably commence AG brewing this fall. A good pastime to "ease into" financiallly, unlike some others. Re: the OP, I can't see myself wanting to go to 10 gal. batches, keg, etc., so I suspect there'll be an equipment upper limit of $500 or so. I know all the jokes, but I like having a large variety of beers on the shelf, and the flexibility of 12 oz. bottles, and I can't really see how I'd dispose of larger batches, or want to have all the kegs with finished beer my tastes would require- not to mention keeping all that under refrigeration.

That being said, there IS an obvious tendency to "gadgetize" this business, not to mention the siren song of convenience, a mixed blessing if there ever was one. My original kit (MW's Intermediate) was a great bargain at $80, but I had an almost immediate felt need for an immersion chiller, wine thief, and then the need for extended secondaries led to the addition of two 5-gal. BB carboys, etc., etc.
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Waiting to see ClaudiusB answer this one.

Very curious.


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