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Old 10-25-2007, 06:58 PM   #1
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I'm new to this but I was looking to expand beyond some kits and see about trying some recipes floating around on here. I started creating a shopping list and to buy the separate ingrediants, the cost is going to double what a kit would cost (keeping in mind that I'm extract brewing). Is that the common finding or was I just looking at a particularly expensive recipe?

If so, I believe I'll be sticking with kits for a while. There are an absolute ton I want to try from several of the popular online HBS. Was just curious.

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Old 10-25-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
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The reason kits are normally cheaper is because they normally pack just what you want.

Buying separately normally means buying more than you need.
You can use your stock to brew your next batch though.


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Old 10-25-2007, 07:00 PM   #3
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Kits are typically a little cheaper than buying ingredients individually, but double is crazy. What are you trying to make and where are you ordering?

Also, sometimes it's better to buy in bulk. There are things that you're going to use very often - better to get a decent amount of things like that.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:11 PM   #4
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I was looking at the BASS Clone by olllllo. I ordered the BASS Clone kit from AHBS and was wondering what the difference would be between the two.

The kit sells for $37.50 after you add yeast and ice to ship.

If you order all the items from olllllo's clone(http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showpost...&postcount=21), it is $60.50. That's buying all the right sizes (no bulk).

So, maybe not double, but over 60% more.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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I'm not sure where you're getting those prices, but I just added it all up at Midwest for $43.56 including shipping and the Deluxe Yeast shipping Packet.
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You sure you're not indicating a POUND of any one hop or including all three of his suggested yeast variety options?? I'd agree that if you match the items perfectly, the kit might be 5% cheaper at most.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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AHBS:

- 1 lb Crystal (60L since they didn't have 55) - $1.60
- 2 oz goldings - $1.89 each
- 1 oz challenger - $1.89
- 1 oz fuggle - $1.99
- 7 lbs LME - $18.68
- 6 lbs DME (5 lber and 1 lber) - $19.95 & $3.99
- 1 oz Irish Moss - $1.29
- 1 lb Maris Otter Malt - $1.90
- 4.5 oz priming sugar $0.79
- liquid yeast - $6.49

Looks like the Malt Extract by itself is more than a kit.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:50 PM   #8
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- 7 lbs LME - $18.68
- 6 lbs DME (5 lber and 1 lber) - $19.95 & $3.99

Looks like the Malt Extract by itself is more than a kit.
There's your problem, thats one or the other, not both.
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Ahhhhhhh, gotcha!! That makes a big difference!!
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:52 PM   #10
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I am a noobie at this so forgive me if I am wrong. but doesnt a normal 5 gallon batch take about 6 or 7 pounds of extract? It seems as though his list has twice that amount, with 7 pounds of LME and 6 pounds of DME. Shouldnt that be one or the other? Maybe thats why the price is so high? Like I said, I'm a noobie so hold off on the insults.


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