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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 01-05-2013, 06:57 PM   #71
Jul 2011
Santa Cruz, Ca
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Although I did get into this to save money and carry on the family tradition, the money saving dream was the first thing to get thrown straight out the window. Most expensive investment would probably be all the innards to my keezer at 350ish. Easily my favorite toy though! It was a gamble with SWMBO, but she loves it too!

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #72
Oct 2011
, Pa
Posts: 743
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IMO, buying brewing equipment or upgrading brewing equipment is kind of like riding a bike. We probably all started with a tricycle, smashing into walls. Then came the 20 inch 2 wheeler with training wheels, still smashing into things, until getting use to the brakes. Then, later. Off came the training wheels, but still smashing into things. Later on came the 26 inch 3 speed. Then, the ten speed or the mountain bike. All the bikes had tires and peddles. They all went down the hill, consistently. The difference being, some of them made it easier and faster. When coming back up the hill.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:57 AM   #73
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Dec 2008
Providence Village, Texas
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The majority of my money was spent on equipment:
Top Tier stand
3 blichmann kettles
hop blocker
misc QD's, tubing, spoons, mash paddle
grain mill
hop rocket (newest addition)

All of the above I consider sound purchases, simply because they will last a long time.

Luckily I was given two working fridges for free, so one is a fermentation chamber with temp control. The other is a 3 tap keggerator. I would consider these pieces of equipment a luxury, simply because I wasn't looking to keg, the fridges just kind of fell in my lap.

I will never add up what I have spend this far, nor post it, that is a paper trail I don't want floating around.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:48 PM   #74
Jun 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 46
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Originally Posted by J-Pizzel View Post
Although I did get into this to save money and carry on the family tradition, the money saving dream was the first thing to get thrown straight out the window.
Not necessarily. Even though I've spent some coin here or there, even brewing extract, I can brew 5 gallons of quality beer for the same price or even less than some low quality BMC beer.

2 cases of PBR runs about $40

all the ingredients to make a 5 gallon extract batch are $30-$60ish dollars.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:39 PM   #75
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Feb 2013
Posts: 44
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It would be interesting to know the equipment each level of spending bought.

I'm guilty of investing several thousand dollars over the years; it was well worth the investment. Of course that doesn't include ingredients.

As an aside another interesting poll would be one examining the amount of time invested in homebrewing!

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:15 PM   #76
Dec 2010
Tampa, FL
Posts: 47
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My mom bought me a basic kit for my birthday. Aside from ingredients, the only equipment I have bought has been a bayou burner, a larger kettle, some bottles, a second fermentation bucket with an airlock, a wort chiller and two hoses, a small growler for starters/yeast washing, and other sundries.

I'm in for less than 500 bucks.

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #77
Apr 2012
Omaha, NE
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Between me and my buddy we have spent under 500. Our kettle, worth chiller and burner were all second hand from another buddy of ours, then our mash tun was dirt cheap as we found a deal on CL for coolers and another buddy gave us the rest of the parts. Then all of the other misc things(buckets, autosiphon, etc).

We are very simple brewers and don't find it necessary to have all the bells and whistles. We also make pretty damn tasty beer IMO.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #78
Jan 2013
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Deluxe brewing starter 180
Two brewpots bc i lost the first one 120
extra carboy 35
some growlers 25
Custom fermentation setup 40
odds.and ends 30
thats about $430
Primary - speckled heifer
secondary - black ipa
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #79
Apr 2012
Collegeville, Pa
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Im probably around the 2k mark si ce I started less than a year ago.

The bulk of that went into a
5 tap kegging system
Chest freezer
Extra kegs

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:59 PM   #80
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Dec 2010
San Simeon, CA
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Spent way to much in the beginning and have since gone back to the basics. The beer tastes just as good from my Ice Chest Mash Tun as it did from my B3 setup. Have plenty of money and time, just other priorities to spend it on....


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