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I try and buy yeast in the winter and grow it out and yeast bank it. Keeps me good for at least a year, i just grew a 3 yeast old frozen yeast. I buy bags of grains at a time from my LHBS and his prices are great, im trying to get in contact with some local breweries to see if i can buy directly from them.
 
I enjoy the hobby, if it costs a bit more, so be it. I am guessing any other comments regarding uptick in commercially manufactured beer is off limits? I don't quite understand why, as they are probably paying more for their ingredients as well. As I said, I enjoy the hobby, so paying a bit more is ok with me. I usually get about 40 12 ounce bottles out of my batch. Most batches are in the 40 to 50 dollar range in just ingredients. I don't count my time as I don't think it is right to do so. I also don't count the water, which is a huge part of this hobby in both making it, cleaning up after it and the other stuff we use it for. For me, like fixing up an old car, you have to weigh the cost versus the enjoyment of the time spent. Well worth it in my opinion
 
My local beer store puts “out of date” beer on sale for $1 a bottle. Of course it’s not always something that suits my taste, but when it is I always buy a mixed case for $24. Some time that includes 16 oz imperial IPAs and Stouts, with low prices like that my homebrewing has decreased in light of the high ingredient costs.
 
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I am guessing overhead is a big part of it. Lease or rental costs have sky rocketed and I am appalled how expensive online website, point of sale machine charges, etc is. Not to mention staffing costs. With cost of living increasing, wages have had to follow.
 
I just put in my annual HopsDirect order for 7lbs at $62 delivered, and I even splurged on some Citra and Amarillo!

I found a local brewery who will let me tack on to their basemalt orders for $37/sack.

And I just finished the last quart of London yeast slurry from March - having made 45 gallons from one packet and a couple quarts of starter wort.

On the docket this weekend looks to be a $20 batch of Barleywine.
 
I just put in my annual HopsDirect order for 7lbs at $62 delivered, and I even splurged on some Citra and Amarillo!

I found a local brewery who will let me tack on to their basemalt orders for $37/sack.

And I just finished the last quart of London yeast slurry from March - having made 45 gallons from one packet and a couple quarts of starter wort.

On the docket this weekend looks to be a $20 batch of Barleywine.
Lucky you with the grain purchases!
 
Well then, it goes to show with increasing prices for most things related to the hobby, brewing home brew continues to be the most expensive way to make cheap beer.
 

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