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View Poll Results: Since I've started homebrewing I have spent:
< $100 6 1.58%
< $500 93 24.47%
< $1000 96 25.26%
< $2000 93 24.47%
< $5000 68 17.89%
< $10000 12 3.16%
< $20000 6 1.58%
< $50000 5 1.32%
< $100000 1 0.26%
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:27 PM   #21
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I marked a grand, but that's not counting the MIG welder or MLT/HLT coolers that got scraped for real pots. I should change my vote to less than $3000, oops.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:29 PM   #22
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Couldn't really say for sure--I've been brewing for nearly ten years and have at various times given away a bunch of equipment and repurchased. I'd say the replacement value of my current equipment isn't more than $1000. You don't really need more equipment to get better beer, although a few things (temp control for fermentation, mashtun configuration for AG brewers) are worth spending money on to get right, IMO.

It's like with most hobbies--you can spent as much as you like, but it's not really necessary. I still ride the same road bike I bought 12 years ago for $800, and there's nothing better than cruising past someone on a $6000 carbon beauty on a steep hill...sure, I might be able to ride a little faster with a newer/lighter bike, but I still do OK with my old aluminum Novara.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #23
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Just a quick note about poll options, If I had spent no money at all, I could choose any of the above options and still be accurate. Include the bin ranges you would most likely want.

I would also request a negative range for the money that I've actually saved by brewing at home. I know that if I were spending $12-$15 on each bottle of wine or however much a good cider costs, I'd be way over the cost of my equipment and supplies easily; assuming the same rate of consumption.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:51 PM   #24
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Some good replies. I think it gives a general idea as to what is common expenditure/equipment for homebrewing.

Now I'm jealous. I'd like to know what equipment some of the upper end folks have!

There's no shame in the responsible expenditure of money!

Keep 'em coming!
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:52 PM   #25
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a LOT (probably about $4-5k):

15G BoilerMaker w/ Hop Blocker and Whirlpool Valve (BK)
10G Rubbermaid Cooler w/ False Bottom and Ball Valve (MT)
15G Aluminum Pot w/ Electric Heat (HLT)
Blichmann Burner w/ Leg Extensions
Standard Burner w/ Home Built Platform
4 20lb Propane Tanks
All tubing 1/2" Hi-Temp Silicone with Female Polysulfone Disconnects
All Equipment has Male Polysulfone Disconnects
Sparge Ring
Brew Utility Cart
March Pump (hot pump)
Utility Pump (cooling water circuit)
20 cu ft O2 tank w/ Regulator
Sintered Stainless Stone for In-line Aeration
2 14.8 cu-ft Chest Freezers w/ Ranco 2-stage temp controllers
4 6.5G buckets
3 6G better bottles
1 6.5G glass carboy
4 Carboy Caps
8 Airlocks
2 Thermowells
3 Racking canes (1/2", 5/16", mini)
5 2L Erlenmeyers
20lb CO2 tank w/ premium reg
5lb CO2 tank w/ premium reg
7 corny kegs
6 sets of Keg Disconnects
All premium thick walled gas and beer lines for 5 kegs
O-Clamp Tool and Clamps
Barley Crusher w/ Refurbished Drill
4 5G Paint Buckets (many, many uses)
1 2G Paint Bucket

Not to mention all of the pieces that I forgot or were bought before these and have little to no use anymore.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:03 PM   #26
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I chose under 5k, though it's probably closer to 3, the biggest single item would probably be my 20G Boilermaker. I do however own quite a few corny kegs, and those suckers add up.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #27
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I'm including both of the dispensing systems in my <$1000. Just brewing equipment, it's probably more like $200.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:13 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by KBentley57 View Post
assuming the same rate of consumption.
Hah! It's definitely not the same rate of consumption. If I have cases or kegs of homebrew around they go quick, but I guard the few bottles of commercial stuff since I hardly buy beer anymore.

Of my own money I've definitely spent under $1,000 on equipment, about half of that on a keezer. But I've easily spent $1,000 on ingredients over the past two years and more with gift cards or gifts.
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Equipment only, I guess less than $3500, probably more spent on ingredients though. For close to 40 years it isn't too much averaged out.
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Most expensive single item? Well, that would be the initial purchase. The morebeer starter kit.

After that, the most expensive single item would be the Blichmann plate chiller.

Best investment after the initial purchase? Again, the Blichmann plate chiller. Couple hundred bucks, but well worth it. I've used the cheaper ones and they don't have the cooling power and they move around like a jumping bean when in use.

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