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Old 10-29-2011, 12:23 PM   #11
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I get 55lb sacks of grain for 25 bucks, its gone up, used to be 22. So if i did a simple beer, it would be like 12 bucks for 10 gallons.
Our bulk buy is about $30 for 55 lb. That's around $7 for the base grain of an IPA (5 gal). Bulk hops at less than $1 an ounce including shipping. Throw in free yeast via washing and few dollars for specialty grains and you can easily do a batch for around $12 not including the other small stuff.


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Old 10-29-2011, 01:12 PM   #12
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I haven't broken it down on a spreadsheet yet, but my move to AG has hardly broken the bank.

Used 5-gal MLT=free; SS braid & ball valve set-up = $25
5-gal brew pot from extract/PM days
Washed yeast
70 lbs grain (base + specialty) for $115 delivered
Bulk hops in the freezer
CFC chiller FREE from a buddy
SQ14 + 20lbs propane $65
Already had ferm fridges/controller

So total cost of move for me, given that I had a lot of stuff from PM days, has been about $205. I am planning on a 15-gal brew pot in a month or so (which will add about $200) and kegging, but neither of those is strictly necessary to AG as far as I can tell.

If you're patient and obsessed, you can find good deals and keep it cheaper... Seen several posts to that effect.

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:19 PM   #13
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My move to all grain has hardly broken the bank either. Less than $20 for a Corona style grain mill, a couple of paint strainer bags and my 20 qt pot that I already had and I'm ready to do half size (3 gallon) batches right on the kitchen stove. Since I do smaller batches, I get to brew more often. It takes me about 3 hours from bringing out the equipment to putting it all away for that size batch.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:25 PM   #14
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I am planning on a 15-gal brew pot in a month or so (which will add about $200)
You can pick up a used keg at a scrapyard for cheap (around 30) then cut off the top and you have a 15.5 gallon SS brew pot.

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:29 PM   #15
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Most of my normal brews come out between $11-$15 with bulk grains, bulk hops and washed yeast too.

Not to be too assumptive on your situation here, but you can definitely make the transition to AG over time while you are building up your brewery equipment. In the meantime, brew with a buddy. If you haven't found or joined a homebrew club in your area, I would highly recommend it. We have tons of apartment brewers in our club that don't have space for equipment and folks brew together quite a bit.

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:33 PM   #16
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What did you buy to go ag a saabco system? My ghetto rig probably didn't cost more than 200 I think.

My ghetto brew-rig, featuring the 15 dollar harbor freight folding workbench and milk crate.

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I really dislike people trying to one-up everyone regarding how little their batches cost. There are so many variables. If someone says that it costs them 40-60 to make a batch, and then someone tells them they are spending too much, how the hell would you know. They didn't even mention their batch size or intended recipe...you telling me that a cream ale will cost the same as an imperial russian stout....get real people. Even if you wash your yeast, buy your grains and hops in bulk in bulk, you still have so many variables that yes...even for a 6 gallon batch, you could spend upwards of 50 bucks. So quit knocking fellow homebrewers down, and let them just make beer for the price they want to pay. It's not a competition to see who can brew the cheapest. Most of our recipes wouldnt even be commercially sustainable they cost so much per gallon...but we do it anyway.
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It's not a competition to see who can brew the cheapest.
True, you're right. The best thing to do is let the OP keep making such expensive batches that he doesn't have enough money to brew. I don't know what I was thinking. After all, who really wants to brew more often anyway?
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True, you're right. The best thing to do is let the OP keep making such expensive batches, that he doesn't have enough money to brew. I don't know what I was thinking. After all, who really wants to brew more often anyway?
Yeah especially since not everyone knows about buying bulk, harvesting yeast etc, or that you don't need shiny expensive toys to make great beer....
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I wish more people had kept their mouths shut when I was learning, imagine how much more money I could have spent! Knowledge is such an awful thing.


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