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Old 11-06-2012, 01:26 AM   #11
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I just made an 11 gallon brew day for 44usd, yeast and everything. Maybe look at some of the board sponsors.

Austin, Midwest, farmhouse and northern are all good companies with more than superior pricing.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:28 AM   #12
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My batches got significantly cheaper moving to all grain. My biggest savings come by buying my base malt in bulk. My LHBS gives a bulk discount and then stacks at 10% military discount on top of it saving me almost $1 per pound.

Additionally, like mentioned before, reusing yeast or making a starter from one tube/pack of yeast for 5+ gallon batches.

Also, invest in a good burner if you are going to stick with AG. You WILL use a great deal more water and the turkey fryer from your local retail store just won't cut it for time.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:30 AM   #13
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Thats seems really expensive.
My AG brews cost much less than my extract brews. Also, I usually collect 7 gallons of wort and boil an hour and get 5.75-6 gallons into the fermenter.

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:30 AM   #14
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Greatfermentations.com you don't have to buy whole lbs of grain or full oz of hops, flat rate shipping for most orders also. Its my "L" hbs (about an hour away that's why I buy online) but prices aren't too high and free crushing, (I get about 72% efficiency with their crush)

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #15
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Best way to seriously save when going all grain is to get in on group grain buys. Get enough grain (at least base malt) to carry you through to the next group grain buy. Most homebrew clubs do at least a couple of grain buys a year. There are more posted on the boards here too. You can easily get your base malt for under $1/# even after all the shipping is included.

BTW, my 15% barleywine batch (brewed on the 27th) came to just under $47. That was with two vials of yeast costs, and 30# of grain. Only used 4oz of hops in it, so that wasn't bad.

Also get your hops in bulk when they're on sale/special. Get a vacuum packer (food saver) and use that to repack them once opened. Keep the hops in the freezer and you're set.

If you want to save even more, you can also look into washing yeast and even freezing it. IF you have the space to do so. Make yeast starters and you reduce how much yeast you'll buy.

You can usually get DME in 3# bags that are less per pound than getting 1# bags. At the LHBS, a 1# bag is $5. The 3# bag is $14. I use the DME for starters, so the 3# bag lasts some time.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #16
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[...] I just did my first all grain . 47 bucks! 5 gallons. [...] so any comments ? Especially on cost of grain . did I just use a high cost recipe ?

9 pds pale malt
1 pound caramel malt
1 pound oats
.50 victory malt
.25 chocolate malt
1 oz fuggles
1 oz goldings kent
2 packs nottingham

keeping in mind that i had to buy 1 pound of each malt .
Hey, I've just brewed exactly the same nut brown yesterday! I think you payed way too much. My local store (Just Brew It, South Atlanta, GA) charged me 23.40, but I bought only one package of yeast, and whatever amount of specialty grains that the recipe called for:

9 lb pale malt - 9x0.99=8.91
1 lb flaked oats - 1x1.89=1.89
1.75 lb specialty grains - 1.75x1.89=3.31
1 oz fuggles - 1.99
1 oz goldings kent - 1.99
1 pack nottingham - 3.99
6% tax - 1.32
TOTAL: 23.40

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:38 AM   #17
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$2/ounce of hops??? Wow... I haven't paid close to that in some time. Most I paid, in the past year, was $1/oz for EKG. HopeDirect has much better pricing.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:49 AM   #18
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$2/ounce of hops??? Wow... I haven't paid close to that in some time. Most I paid, in the past year, was $1/oz for EKG. HopeDirect has much better pricing.
Yes, it is on my list of future improvements... Ideally I would like to grow and harvest my own hops :-)

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Old 11-06-2012, 01:53 AM   #19
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At my LHBS the grain and hops came in at $13.45 per your recipe and they only sell hops in 2oz packets. I wash and reuse my own yeast so it makes for a pretty affordable batch. You really need to shop around!

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:53 AM   #20
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Hey, I've just brewed exactly the same nut brown yesterday! I think you payed way too much. My local store (Just Brew It, South Atlanta, GA) charged me 23.40, but I bought only one package of yeast, and whatever amount of specialty grains that the recipe called for:

9 lb pale malt - 9x0.99=8.91
1 lb flaked oats - 1x1.89=1.89
1.75 lb specialty grains - 1.75x1.89=3.31
1 oz fuggles - 1.99
1 oz goldings kent - 1.99
1 pack nottingham - 3.99
6% tax - 1.32
TOTAL: 23.40
you have to pay tax? In NY all food items aren't taxed. Grain and yeast are food items, I think hops are considered herbs? They don't seem to be taxed either.
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