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Old 10-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Ok, so I first got into this hobby back in April of this year and originally wanted to be able to enjoy craft brews for a fraction of what craft brews cost in a store. But then I decided I wanted to have my beer on tap so cha ching! I bought a kegerator and love it. Now I recently bought all grain stuff to make all grain beers. Again! Cha ching! I am starting to realize that if I look at this as a hobby it's not as bad haha. I do enjoy the act if brewing beer and always love to try the end product. So if we all just look at it as a hobby we can feel much better about the cost lol.

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Old 10-01-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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haha, But... There are many things in this hobby that will last forever though, so at some point you actually can still save money!

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Old 10-01-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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hahahhaa!! you poor dumb bastard! you can't same money with an obsession!
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Hey!! It makes me feel good!

 
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:47 PM   #5
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I like to think of it as therapy and not an obsession

 
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Save money... oh, what a wise guy.

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Now that you have made the equipment outlay, you can start to save $$. Look into reusing yeast, try to get in on a group grain buy, at least buy grain and hops in bulk. I am below $2 per bottle cost and have started kegging also. One more significant expense is to make my kegerator.

It will just take time and will power in not buying the latest bling!

 
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you're gonna end up so damn beverage OCD that you'll be tearing apart a restaurant over the quality of their ice water, just like the rest of us. "you're doomed. doooomed! DOOOOOOMED!! you're all doooomed."
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Now that you have made the equipment outlay, you can start to save $$. Look into reusing yeast, try to get in on a group grain buy, at least buy grain and hops in bulk. I am below $2 per bottle cost and have started kegging also. One more significant expense is to make my kegerator. It will just take time and will power in not buying the latest bling!
Yeah, I went with a used kegerator and modded it some. My mash tun, hlt, burner, and 7 gallon pot are all used. I did save a big there.

 
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Yeah, I went with a used kegerator and modded it some. My mash tun, hlt, burner, and 7 gallon pot are all used. I did save a big there.
except for the fact that you have a mash tun, hlt, burner, and 7 gallon pot. Not being a dick, just saying: every time you brew, you will realize there is another piece of equipment you NEED to make a better brew. The truth is, no, you don't really NEED it, but in one split second, you mind will decide you definitely do, and you'll spend the money.

And yes, these things most definitely do make better beer. I'm just saying, don't expect an actual ROI during the first brew... or thirty...
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