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Old 08-28-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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While its not any cheaper to make your own beer in the short run, the long run only saves you little as well, so why do we do it? In my opinion its not about the beer its about the bragging rights of drinking YOUR beer, even if its not your recipe, you made it from scratch, and the process is challenging and fun!


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Old 08-28-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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I do it for the chicks. My Rufilin Pale is a big hit around here.


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Old 08-28-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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even if its not your recipe, you made it from scratch, and the process is challenging and fun!
I guess that pretty much sums it up for me. My son and I brew it together and we drink it together. We even put one aside for the wife.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:25 AM   #4
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While its not any cheaper to make your own beer in the short run . . . . . . .
I disagree, I have brewed 20 gallons of high quality beer for 8$. It does take alot of work and alot of time though

I think you are right about the reason however, most of us brew for the challenge and sense of accomplishment, and there is always something new to try with multiple levels. It can be as simple as you want or as complex, some would say it's a craft, others would say it's a way to get soused, I say it's art.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
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Definitly an art! You can have so many different tasting beers even in the same style, and that's what makes it so fun! And you must buy BULK to have an $8 batch, I've never brewed a batch for less than $35
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. . . . . you must buy BULK to have an $8 batch, I've never brewed a batch for less than $35
Actually it's four batches (20gallons) for $8 and it's with home malted barley, home roasted grains, home grown hops and yeast cultured from juniper berries. But as I said it takes a ton of time and work. I never really liked buying stuff, not really. If I would have charged myself for my time, I'D BE RICH!!!! . . . . . .wait . . . . . .that doesn't work out, crap.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:10 PM   #7
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My homebrew has gotten pretty good after four years. Around here, low-end craft beer goes for $7-8 per six in the stores, and the big names like Rogue & Stone are pretty much obscene. That means entry-level to buy craft beer is about $35 a case, after I've paid our 9% sales tax. So- I most certainly can brew cheaper.

I don't count my investment in equipment, feeling that's been pretty much amortized over four years. If I count my own labor at $0, which I do and always have done for a hobby / pastime. I do such things because I enjoy them. If I didn't enjoy them, I wouldn't do them.

As for never spending less than $35 on a batch, I picked up the new Northern Brewer catalog that just came in the mail yesterday, and, yeah, if you're brewing extract, and brew only IPAs and big beers, it's certainly possible to never spend under $35. Plenty of kits in there for low-to-mid 20's, and a couple in the teens......
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:21 PM   #8
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I haven't bought grain in bulk yet, but I do buy hops in bulk, and grow them myself, and I harvest and resuse yeast to save money too. I'd say 90% of my batches are under $20, not including imperials or other 1.070+ beers.

... But having said that I do enjoy the creative process of coming up with a recipe and making it, and telling others that I did so.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:49 PM   #9
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It's knowing I have the freedom to drink and choose what I want to drink. The distributors, commercials and store selection can't dictate what I drink.

I may be cooler drinking a Coors light or a Miller lite with a new neck etc. but who cares.

I am drinking and enjoying something I made adn wanted.
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:07 PM   #10
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This is the way I explained to the people who ask if it's cheaper.
If you drink $12 a case beer then it is definitely not cheaper but once you start drinking good beer that starts getting up to two and three dollars a bottle then you can make beer that is just as good and way cheaper.


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