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Old 02-13-2007, 04:56 PM   #11
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Since the inception of the hobby (12/28/04)

Equipment? $1,425.19
Ingredients? $1,100.84
Drinking my own yummy brewskis? Priceless.

Quicken makes it way too easy for me to see how much I've spent.

 
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:14 PM   #12
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Less than I would have if I'd kept drinking out on the weekends rahter than brewing. And I remind the wife of this constantly.

 
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:24 PM   #13
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$50. That's all. Not a penny more.

I want to see Yuri's tab. His is probably 86 cents for a 2x4 and a tube of chapstick and the rest he machined out of his own awesomeness.

Or Brewpastor's bill.
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:31 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Cheesefood
$50. That's all. Not a penny more.

I want to see Yuri's tab. His is probably 86 cents for a 2x4 and a tube of chapstick and the rest he machined out of his own awesomeness.

Or Brewpastor's bill.
Just the cone for one of Yuri's stainless fermenters is more than some of the total bills listed here - not sure how many he kept, but I know he get em in bulk.

Brewpastor! OMG, there has to be small countries with smaller GNP's
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:34 PM   #15
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Come on guys, lets see the numbers. Don't be an EAC!

 
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:40 PM   #16
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I want to see Yuri's tab. His is probably 86 cents for a 2x4 and a tube of chapstick and the rest he machined out of his own awesomeness.
I need to post a pic of those roller mills - they are PHENOMENAL. Once I get the housing made up (hopefully, I can work on it tonight), I will.
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:45 PM   #17
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I don't keep a record of it. I find my hobbies less enjoyable when I keep a record of the cost.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:02 PM   #18
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I don't have an actual number, but over $1500 for equipment would be fair - I started brewing in 1999 or 2000, and have added slowly over the years - some things I have purchased, gotten rid of, and now I want back again - SWMBO is ready to kill me!
There are the 'major' purchases, kettles, burner, chiller, lager freezer, temp controllers, kegs, CO2 gear, mashtuns, taps, drip tray, faucets, etc, but what probably costs just as much is all the little things that I purchase here and there when buying ingredients - new carboy, carboy handle, mash paddle, replacement hose, carboy caps, sanitizer, B-Brite cleaner, brew belt (heater) etc- it seems I never walk out of the LHBS for less than $50. I though AG was going to be cheaper! (I've been saying that for years now...)

 
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:13 PM   #19
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I though AG was going to be cheaper! (I've been saying that for years now...)
I've never quite agreed with this assertion, either. Sure, the ingredients cost less. But if you've gone AG you are probably a full-out brewing nut and have a keg fridge, lager fridge, 10 cornies, pots, mash-tuns, coolers, blah blah blah. The AG thing, to me, is more indicitive of an overall obsession with brewing. This definitely costs more $$$. As for me, I'd say $1,200 - $1,500 and counting......$170 satudday for a Sanyo 4912 kegarator #2, $75 yesterday at Micromatic for 2 elbow shanks, $100 today for a pair of Perlicks for the in-the-works 4912 conversion/wetbar project.

 
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:28 PM   #20
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Wine starter kit: Free, gift from folks
5 gallon SS stockpot: Free, gift from company
30' cu immersion chiller: About $50 from lhbs
Two buckets w/ airlock & bung: About $20, lhbs
Carboys, 2x6.5, 1x5, 1x3, 2x1, plus caps, airlocks, tubes: About $80, lhbs
Old single door fridge for kegerator: $35 on craigslist
Second fridge for fermenting/lagering: Free on craigslist
Turkey frier setups with burner and 7.5 G pot: $15 each at Walmart, $30
Larger 60 quart aluminum boil kettle: $60 on ebay
Steel stand for said kettle and burner: Free, liberated from work
Mash tun 50qt cube cooler: Free, gift from family
Lautering manifold for cooler: About $15 worth of copper, home depot
Various valves, screens, plumbing hardware: $85, here and there
Digital probe thermometer from science supply: About $30
5lb co2 tank, full: $60 at lhbs
Propane tank, full: About $50 at home depot, second older one free.
Gas manifold, 4 port: $35 on ebay
Taps, shanks, handles, lines, disconnects: $40 each set, $120
Kick ass paint job on kegerator fridge: Gift from sister
Co2 regulator: $40 on ebay
Ball lock cornies: 4 for $80 on ebay, 4 for a gift, 7 more for $140 locally
Temp controller for fridge: Free from uncle who used to brew
Books: Got them all as gifts
Racking, filtering, measuring equipment: Probably about $75, I break racking canes and hydrometers quite a bit.
Various tools, lumber, hardware, etc: Probably $25 or so, most of it was free.

I figure I'm into it for about a grand without consumables or ingredients, but that's honestly not all that bad for a hobby I've been doing for years. Many of my other hobbies (bikes, cars, computers) have set me back more than that in the initial investment alone. I'm still pretty miserly about buying new brew stuff though, and I do like to support the lhbs when I can.
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