Originally Posted by justflow1983
I find that buying the ingredients separately is somewhat more expensive than the kits, but results in far better beer.
DME when bought in 50# sacks cost $2.32/lb (inluding shipping)
Hops bought 3#'s at a time cost $0.77/oz (including shipping)
Bulk LME at the LHBS is $2.49/lb or $1.99/lb w/ coupon.
There is no way kits do it for less if you plan ahead.
I'm not trying to poopoo kits here. They are convenient. Grab the box, fill the pot, stir. You can get a brew session done quickly and you can pretty much know the results will be good. It's also an easy way to get a clone of a brew you really like. Please don't get me wrong. I like kits and use them. I just think they can be a barrier in the way of your own creativity and growth as a brewer.