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Old 07-15-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
Jun 2011
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Not taking hardware/time into consideration and knowing that exotic ingredients can cost more no matter which type of brewing is being done; in general terms which brew method is cheaper??? Extract, partial mash or all grain???

Just wondering

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Old 07-15-2011, 10:49 PM   #2
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All grain, buying mostly in bulk if you can.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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If ur just counting ingredients as in like beer kits or recipes and given ur using the same kind of yeast all grain. Even if u don't buy grain in bulk. Check out ahs and look at just about any of there kits and when u select all grain as type it will subtract between 2 and 10 bucks from the kit price

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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AG for sure, extract is expensive. Start washing yeast to save even more...of course that can be done with either type of brewing.

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:30 PM   #5
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Buying base malt in 55 pound bags can make your beers pretty damn cheap. Group buys or tacking some ingredients on to a local breweries bill can save you even more. Pretty tough to make a cheap extract brew.

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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There really shouldn't be a disagreement on this unless someone chimes in who owns an extract producing company

AG is WAY cheaper than any extract/partial, especially if you are not counting the equipment. If you do count the equipment, it just takes a little longer to make up the expenses but then still beats extract/partial.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:44 PM   #7
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You can go all grain pretty cheaply too. A propane burner, a 10 gallon pot, and a converted cooler pay for themselves pretty quickly. After a couple extract batches, I was getting booted to the deck anyway, so I was going to have to buy the propane burner anyway, but even with it, I think all three together were about $200. Could have done it cheaper, but wanted a SS pot.

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Old 07-16-2011, 12:00 AM   #8
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yeah, my last batch was a SMaSH with American 2-row(I have a 50lb bag of it), Centennial hops, and notty yeast was $13.50 for 5gal...including caps and priming sugar...25.4cents a bottle.

I do BIAB and it takes between $100-$150 of equipment depending on the quality of your pots, propane burner, and grain mill. I'm over 80% now in efficiency and loving it.

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Old 07-16-2011, 12:34 AM   #9
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AG does costs less for ingredients. Some spend so much for a brew rig for AG that they my not ever see any real cost savings. A simple all grain system will pay for it's self in a few brews. There are a lot of ways to do it.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:40 AM   #10
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Extract. 1 can Premier Malt Extract + 3 lbs sugar = 5 gals beer < $10. However, my college days are long over and I brew all grain now.
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