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Old 06-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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I have taken on a number of DIY projects for home brewing but last nights reinforced a growing thought.

Its just not worth it. The money savings end up being minimal if any exist and the time investment is always longer than you expect.


I am officially a "cut a check" guy when it comes to home brewing.



 
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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I have taken on a number of DIY projects for home brewing but last nights reinforced a growing thought.

Its just not worth it. The money savings end up being minimal if any exist and the time investment is always longer than you expect.


I am officially a "cut a check" guy when it comes to home brewing.
I have to agree with that statement for many brewing DIY projects. I just recently purchased the hopper and base with my MM because I didn't want to invest hours into building one. For $40 the price was more than acceptable! I built my hop spider and other items though. It's a matter, as you stated, of time and savings in the end!


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Old 06-13-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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I've been that way for awhile myself. i will only do the DIY if it's a job i really want to do. like make a custom keezer or something similar. people never take into account there time when doing DIY's and then think it's much cheaper. if money is tight and you are buying a few parts on pay day, then DIY can be a benefit.

 
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:20 PM   #4
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I would give up homebrewing before I gave up DIY. Half the fun of making beer at home for me is making the gear to create it, serve it, or clean up after it.

If I am just going to "cut a check" it is going to be to the local beer store to buy good craft beer.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #5
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I would give up homebrewing before I gave up DIY. Half the fun of making beer at home for me is making the gear to create it, serve it, or clean up after it.

If I am just going to "cut a check" it is going to be to the local beer store to buy good craft beer.

I got into homebrewing to make beer. All the other stuff I have made is just a means to my beer end.

Id much rather spend the time brewing than building a keezer, converting a keg, mast tun, ect.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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I like to build stuff and home brewing gives me plenty of projects to tinker with. My complete brewery would cost about $10,000 if I bought it new, I paid about 1/3 of that price and it really wasn't about the savings it was about the fact I can say I designed it and built it all myself. Just writing a check takes all of the fun out of it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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I Love to brew AND I love DIY AND I love to SCUBA dive....... They are not meant to be synonymous, but it happens that brewing and DIY are a great fit if that happens to be your thing. SCUBA and DIY (or beer) on the other hand, while possible, not as great a fit!
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:54 PM   #8
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For me it entirely depends on the project.

The stirplate was simple cost $7.40, has done dozens of starters. It took a bit of time as I went through a 3 power converters to find the one that ran the stirplate at the best speeds.

I bought kettle valve kits instead of parting things out. I installed them and a Bobby_M weldless sightglass with thermometer. I built my three tier wooden brew stand. I also built a fermentation chamber.
For me it has been a huge savings!

I would not mess with parting out and building an electric setup though.

 
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:09 PM   #9
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Why not just buy beer then? DIY is what brought me to the hobby in the first place. Who cares if it cost just as much or took you forever, YOU made it. To me, that's the entire point.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:16 PM   #10
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I can see both sides - which is why I pick and choose my DIY's. Sometimes building stuff is awesome - other times I don't feel like dealing with it and want a ready-to-use and meant-for-this piece of gear. For those times I'll happily cut a check and be done with it. I got into making beer to enjoy the hobby and everything that comes along with it, but I'm no engineer and I'm sure as hell not trying to be no John Blichmann



 
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