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    brewing cost


    Anyone done some sort of cost analysis regarding home brewing v commercial purchases?

    Today I brewed a clone of Mad Giant Hop Killer with added oats..

    So I added up expenses for this brew per litre (not equating the man hours!)

    mmmm .. and comes to less tan R10.00 per litre.

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    You can make great beer at home for very cheap ....

    I hardly drink craft at a bar ... my beers taste better and costs way less ... the average price of R35 per 500ml that they come up with makes ZERO sense to me
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    I hear..
    Last weekend had DP golden ale and then a BH IPA when R50 pint = R100/liter.
    Nice beer .. hats off.
    However .. making quality beer at home can cost lots less.. and taste very close. .. if not better.
    Last edited by AlexBrew; 14th October 2020 at 20:54. Reason: added text

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    I agree, I vary between R7 and R10 per litre, depending on the style and whether I have washed yeast available to use or not.

    Upgrading to 50 litre batches was the best thing I could have done, brews are further apart, costs the same, and I spend about an hour longer in the process for more than double the usual 21 litre batch.

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    We need to put a cost to time spent, but a money flowing out your pocket comparison, does make me feel better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewald Posthumus View Post
    I agree, I vary between R7 and R10 per litre, depending on the style and whether I have washed yeast available to use or not.

    Upgrading to 50 litre batches was the best thing I could have done, brews are further apart, costs the same, and I spend about an hour longer in the process for more than double the usual 21 litre batch.
    Yeah these small batches are also getting to me, basically need to brew every weekend (wife loves this of course...)

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    I've brewed for around R3 per litre before. That was using the cheapest malt and the cheapest hops I could find, but the beer was still very drinkable. Most of my beers run around R10 per litre these days.

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    When I started brewing I bought the premixed grainbills from BG with their recommended hops and yeast and that tallied up to round R20/litre. Yesterday I brewed a hop heavy american style beer - one of the most expensive styles, mainly due to the amount of hops. Now I buy bulk grain and 1kg hops (still buy the speciallity malts by the kg), reuse yeast and produce this 'exclusively expensive' beer for under R10/litre. I'm happy with that.

    Think the cheapest beer to brew is a smash pilsner.
    Last edited by AlexBrew; 15th October 2020 at 07:57. Reason: extra added

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    I use my own software that I wrote for my brewing.
    Every recipe I design automatically work out what it will cost to brew the beer. This includes everything, ingriedents, sanatiser, gas etc.
    I buy all my base malts and most of my hops in bulk.
    My average cost is R12 per liter.
    I do tend to brew more costly beers, my cheaper beers come to about R8 per liter.
    Everyone must beleive in something, I beleive I'll have another beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexBrew View Post
    Anyone done some sort of cost analysis regarding home brewing v commercial purchases?

    Today I brewed a clone of Mad Giant Hop Killer with added oats..

    So I added up expenses for this brew per litre (not equating the man hours!)

    mmmm .. and comes to less tan R10.00 per litre.

    Image1.jpg
    Check your spreadsheet, your yeast cost is not coming through.

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