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View Poll Results: Since I've started homebrewing I have spent:
< $100 7 1.84%
< $500 93 24.41%
< $1000 96 25.20%
< $2000 93 24.41%
< $5000 68 17.85%
< $10000 12 3.15%
< $20000 6 1.57%
< $50000 5 1.31%
< $100000 1 0.26%
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:04 PM   #11
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These all sound like very wise investments

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #12
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Since I've started back in January 2010, I've spent $3657.07 in equipment and non-ingredient related things. (Not counting shipping to comps/comp entry fees.)

My average ingredient cost is $27.66 over my last 20 batches - and I've done 61 batches. So around $1700 in ingredients (probably more for those earlier extract brews).

So if we were counting ingredients, I would be around $5300 in the past three years.

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #13
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According to what I tell the wife, around 1k in reality much much more. Im afraid to add it up
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:24 PM   #14
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I would have to guess about $800, but that would be including one thing new (I cracked a carboy a while back, had to buy a new one). Everything else was second-hand.

My best deal was a Corney key with a 20# CO2 tank, regulator and all tubing for $100.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #15
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In equipment? Probably between $500-1000.

2 burners
4 brewpots
cooler mashtun
8 carboys
2 cornys
kegging system
2 hydrometers
3 thermometers
2 autosiphons
several bottlecappers
various other knick-knacks

That's stuff off the top of my head...I'm at work so hard to give a better estimate than that.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:53 PM   #16
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Maybe under 2k. 2 10g pots, 10g igloo cooler, 2 6.5 carboys, 2 5g carboys, 1 6g carboy, stirplate, Kegging setup, 6 kegs, grain mill, 5g pot, and ok maybe <3k
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:14 PM   #17
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Sheesh these <50,000 guys are really making me feel good(and bad now that I think about it) for being in the <5000 camp..

My 4 tap keezer and 6 kegs are easily my biggest expense. Beyond that I have a frugal set up. I should add that I am including ingredient cost.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:17 PM   #18
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Well I guess I'm in the minority here (in the comments at least). I'm well over $5k in just the last 2 years. That doesn't include ingredients either. My keggles are the most expensive things I have bought. I had them welded and shipped for about $650 for all 3. Then my fancy kegerator and fermentation chamber and my add-on HERMS. It's just a couple hundred bucks here, three hundred bucks there. What really adds up is all of the little pieces: camlocks, stainless fittings, bulk heads, jam nuts, faucets, ball locks etc.

Then it seems every time I head to the LHBS i end up spending $30 in random parts that I couldn't live without. Last time it was a fermentap aerator and fine mesh bags for $22.

I have an awesome wife who lets me induldge because I don't ask too many questions about how much money she spends on her craft room. It's a fine agreement for both of us.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #19
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I would say around 5k, my biggest investment was my Sabco RIMS and Kettles around $3,200
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:26 PM   #20
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I have spent around $300-$350 of my own money for brewing equipment. Since I started brewing 3-1/2 years ago, people/family give me money or buy gift certificates for brewing, so I spend that on any addition equipment and ingredients. I have a very basic set up because my objective was to brew good beer as cheaply as possible, and I have succeeded in doing that. I have used gift money almost exclusively the past two years for everything, so I guess you could say that I brew for free! Who can argue with free beer !

BTW I usually brew twice a month, mostly 6 gallon batches with the occasional double batch thrown in there.

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