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Old 02-13-2007, 07:29 PM   #21
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I don't want to do this excercise because I don't want to have the ability to answer the question accurately next time SWMBO asks

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Old 02-13-2007, 07:37 PM   #22
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Ever since I picked brewing back up early last year, I've spent more than I care to share. The funny thing is I'm only about a quarter of the way finished converting my garage into a proper brewery. The walk-in cooler was just phase 1...


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Old 02-13-2007, 08:13 PM   #23
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I've lost track because its been so long since I started. Yeah, the equipment costs add up, but when was the last time you wore something out ? You have to think like a business and amortize the expense over the next 20 years.

And if you want to justify your costs, make a few batches of wine. Decent juice based kits start at $50 and make 30 bottles of wine. $30 x 8 = $240. 30 x $10 = $300.

I made 3 wines and an apfelwein this winter. The apfelwien counts 1.5x because we got 44 bottles of that. So 4.5 x 30 x $8 = $1080. Ingredients were $25 for the peach champagne, $50 for one wine, $60 for the other wine and $44 for the apfelwein. $179. We are about $900 ahead for this winter's brewing "work".

We made a pledge for 2007 to drink a bit of alcohol at diner ever night for our health. *nods. Yes, its good to have a glass or mug once a day. I'm in this for the health of it, not to save money, so saving a bit is a side benefit.

Now, as far as beer goes, I brew specialty beers that cost about $1.50 a bottle up here. (wheat, honey, fruit, etc.) 5 dozen per full batch. $90 a batch. 10 pounds of grain + 4oz of hops + yeast + fruit or honey, etc. is costing $20 to $30 a batch. I'm saving $60 a batch or $12 a dozen. A dozen beer a week is another $600 a year.

It takes a long time to wear out copper tubing, steel brewing stands, heavy duty boil kettles, etc. I figure my equipment is good for 10 years of use, at least. I figure it pays for itself each year.

AND it keeps me in the house and out of trouble when I'm brewing.

If you really want an expensive hobby, take up rebuilding muscle cars or collecting sports cars or even owning a boat ! The next time your wife gives you the gears about brewing costs, grab your keys and tell her you are going to look at a new Porsche and after that you are going to Hooters to buy the guys a few rounds. See what she says then ! Take her credit card so that she sees it when she looks at the bill, just to rub it in.

Me thinks she will be a bit more appreciative of your brewing efforts.

Edit: I forgot the mango wine. 30 bottles/ $240. It cost less than $25 to brew.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:27 PM   #24
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If you really want an expensive hobby, take up rebuilding muscle cars or collecting sports cars or even owning a boat !
No, a really expensive hobby is cocaine. Homebrewing is nothing compared to a good coke habit.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:43 PM   #25
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Here's my current outlay.

$84 Two-Stage Brewing System
$13 Extra Bottling Bucket
$26 2 Fermenter Buckets
$42 2 used 6 gal carboys w/airlocks and dryer stand.
$60 Misc equipment - airlocks, auto syphon, carboy covers, stir paddle, stoppers, etc...
$50 Turkey Fryer
$20 Better Bottle 5 gal carboy
$60 10 gal rubbermaid mash tun and hardware
$20 5 gal rubbbermaid cooler
$25 2 20qt Stainless stock pots
$60 3 cases of EZ-cap 1/2 liter swing top bottles
$60 2 cases of EZ-cap 1 liter swing top bottles
$45 4 cases bomber bottles
$56 4 cases 12 oz bottles

$621 total - doesn't include all the craft beer I drank just for the bottles. Well not just.

I spent many times more for my 8" reflector telescope and Amateur Radio equipment. This is a relatively cheap hobby.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:56 PM   #26
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Let's see...

$125 original equipment kit
60 or so, odds and ends-- autosiphon, grain bags, mash paddle, airlocks, stoppers, etc.
50 2 24 qt. stainless stockpots.
50 copper wort chiller
Free turkey fryer (xmas gift)
20 5 gal. glass carboy
22 6 gal. glass carboy
50 4 cases 12oz. bottles

Total $377

Now, of course that doesn't include all the money I've spent on extract, grain, hops, yeast, sanitizer, kettle cleaner, bottle caps, water, ice....\

Still, compared with many other hobbies, not bad at all, I'd have to say.

Next up: mash and lauter tun.
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:01 PM   #27
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Oh, man over ten or more years, it's gotta be at least $1500
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:25 AM   #28
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I've got you all beat, sad to say.

I really hope SWMBO doesn't see this.


Brew system= $2200 custom made, with all accoutrements (heat exchange coils, immersion chiller, custom kettles, HERMS, fittings, false bottoms, etc), with shipping
SS fermenter= $500
6 glass fermenters=$130
counterflow chiller= $75
hosing=$50
kegs=$210
fridge=$180
Sundry other stuff+$200
(not counting expenditures such as grain and ingredients, cleaning supplies)

EDIT: I didn't take into account the supplies for the kegerator:

$100 for faucets
$30 for manifold
$60 for CO2 tank
more hosing. . .
probably ends up greater than $200.



Rough estimate total=$3745

and I'm sure there is stuff I didn't count. And I can't believe I'm admitting all of this.

I guess its the first step in recognizing your addiction.
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:46 AM   #29
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The pushers always start with the light stuff. *snicker

The infamous wine starter kit ! *laughs I know how it goes.

"Hey, why am I making silly wines when I could be making great beer ?" So you do the first extract kit and start reading about all grain. And the addiction begins.

Soon you are mashing in the kitchen. Then its in the garage with your first propane burner.

Soon you are making so much beer you don't have time to bottle it. Naturally kegs and CO2 are in order.

Then 5 gallon batches aren't large enough. Magically, keggles appear in your garage...

Next up is a kegerator. Multiple beers on tap, all the time. Then a full on brewstand.

I don't know what happens after that because I am not there yet... I keep having visions of SS conical fermentor, but maybe I need to have another homebrew and think about that.
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The pushers always start with the light stuff. *snicker

The infamous wine starter kit ! *laughs I know how it goes.

"Hey, why am I making silly wines when I could be making great beer ?" So you do the first extract kit and start reading about all grain. And the addiction begins.

Soon you are mashing in the kitchen. Then its in the garage with your first propane burner.

Soon you are making so much beer you don't have time to bottle it. Naturally kegs and CO2 are in order.

Then 5 gallon batches aren't large enough. Magically, keggles appear in your garage...

Next up is a kegerator. Multiple beers on tap, all the time. Then a full on brewstand.

I don't know what happens after that because I am not there yet... I keep having visions of SS conical fermentor, but maybe I need to have another homebrew and think about that.
so true, Just bought my first grains (PM) I have just got a price for a SS pot and looking for a BIG burner.


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