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Old 08-22-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default Did you break even yet?

Guys, I was wondering about economics for a few days now.

I haven't counted but I am on my 20th batch of ale with my current all grain setup.

Everything and the kegerator set me back 1500$ But I was thinking that since craft beer is around 5$ a pint in bars or bottled (it's almost the same price due to bottling, transport etc) around my neck of the woods, I am around 2500$ ahead compared to buying it.

What about you guys?


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Old 08-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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I don't try and break even on my hobbies...I'm not going to even try and fool myself that I'm getting ahead brewing versus buying. I have probably broken even if I only take into account equipment costs only (esp. my ghetto setup!), but when you take into account the value of your time-forget it.


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Old 08-22-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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Oh yeah, I'm not accounting for time, but neither am I when I am cooking instead of going to the restaurant though.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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I think I have broken even....maybe even made a little bit back.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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What's your discount rate?
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:55 PM   #6
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I have more than broken even here in Japan where prices for a good craft beer at a store (or on the Internet) runs from $4 (Japanese craft beers) to $7+ (imported craft beers).
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:57 PM   #7
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Noob here, I've brewed all of 2 batches, so I am in the hole right now. I guess I'll just have to keep brewing until this pays off.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #8
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I tought brewing beyond 1% was illegal in japan?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:02 PM   #9
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What kills my wallet are the miscellaneous expenses. A broken hydrometer here, new bottle/carboy brush there, surprise leak in bottling wand, etc. All little things, but they add up.

Also, I have trouble calculating if I'm actually saving money using the $5 a pint out vs. 25 cents at home, because I'm much more likely to have an extra beer or two at home, so I go through 5 gallons of homebrew way faster than I would go through 5 gallons of beer if I only drank at bars. I probably get to enjoy more beer because of the decreased cost than if I only drank commercial beers, but I don't think I'm near breaking even.

That said, I brew because I love it, and even if it really broke the bank I would still probably find a way to brew, even if it were a once-a-year ritual.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:05 PM   #10
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I dont brew to save money, and try not to keep track of all the money I spend on brewing.


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