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Old 11-09-2011, 12:38 AM   #61
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I have been averaging $30 for a five gallon batch.

But now I bought a bag of 2 row in a group buy. I am planning my brews so I can reuse the yeast at least three times and buying my most common hops by the pound. That will cut the cost in half.

Bottles are easy. Ask people who buy craft beer to give them to you.

Savings a lot. My buddy goes to a local brewery and pays $5.00 a pint, growlers go from $12 to $20. So he pays at least $120 for my $30 of beer.


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Old 11-09-2011, 12:42 AM   #62
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Honestly I have fought this in the beginning as well. I would brew a batch baby it until it was ready then start drinking it. Add a wife and a few buddies and next thing you know you have an empty pipeline.

What I do now is have three beers in a constant state, kinda like a kanban. I have one of each in the keezer serving, one in reserve aging, one in the fermentor and one batch of grain. So I basically have a just in time inventory process that continues to feed the pipeline. I do two lagers and one pale ale, and the timing works pretty well so far.

You do need to set a schedule and get things going and then let the consumption dictate the schedule.
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If you can't afford to set up a pipeline, you either need to drink less, or can't afford to drink. Sorry, but dat da facts.
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