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Old 06-12-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
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I just bought ingrediants for a magic hat clone. took me 7pds of dry extract and 3 different bags of hops, 1 yeast, and one irish moss..and a few tubes of apricot extract...came to over 65$. Do all you spend that much per batch?


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Old 06-12-2007, 06:31 PM   #2
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Do you need all the hops for this batch or will you have some leftover for future batches? You can also buy extract in bulk and save some $ that way.
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:34 PM   #3
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Grains are also cheaper than extract. Dirt cheap if you can buy in bulk via a group order. Add to that hops being a joke to grow your self and some yeast washing/culturing and your cost for a basic 5 gallon batch will be down in the $10-15 range.

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Old 06-12-2007, 06:39 PM   #4
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I used to spend around $ 7.00 on ice every brew. I purchased 30 ice cube trays for $ 10.00 at the dollar store.
I use my 5 cu ft freezer to freeze cubes (2 days), then pull them out and put in ice chest on brew day. (This probably costs $ 1.00 in electricity, if that.)
Wipe down inside of freezer with wet rags to remove ice, and set thermostat at 65 F, leaving top open to warm up.
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:40 PM   #5
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That does seem high, bobby.
I usually come in under $30 a batch, and that's for extract.

Try subbing some LME for the DME, that should bring your cost down (even though you need a little more it's still usually cheaper).

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Old 06-12-2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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At my LHBS, it costs about the same to buy liquid or dry malt extract, so I used a lot of dry, because I could buy it in whatever amount I wanted rather than full cans. Online, at places like northern brewer or morebeer, liquid seems to be about half the price of dry. Even considering the lower yield (because LME is like 20% water), it still seems to work out a lot cheaper. I just paid $2.20 a pound for LME at morebeer which seemed like a great deal - I think your batch would be WAY less than $65 at that price. (not to mention free shipping if you bought some more stuff...)

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Old 06-12-2007, 06:55 PM   #7
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Buy an American Amber Ale kit for $27, plus a bottle of apricot extract for $7. $8 shipping, you're at $42. Not a perfect clone, but should be basically what you're looking for.
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:15 PM   #8
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Im glad I went all grain. My girlfriend asked me if it was cheaper and i showed her the bill for a 10 gallon batch. It was only about 30 dollars. I used to spend that easily on a five gallon extract batch. Now I can afford to buy or make other things for my arsenal of brewing equipment.

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Old 06-12-2007, 07:18 PM   #9
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Around $30 for 6 gallon here.

£15 for 5 gallon in English.
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:20 PM   #10
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I do All Grain and bought some bulk malt & hops & a gallon of StarSan. I propogate liquid yeast from those $7 smack packs so I can get at least 4 batches from one vial or smack pack. The end result is my beers cost anywhere from $7.85 to $6.02 for a 5 gallon batch for a Kolsch, Bavarian Hefeweizen or Pale Ale.

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