Save Money by Brewing Your Own Beer

Save Money by Brewing Your Own Beer

One of the major deterrents of people interested in homebrewing is the initial investment. It may seem like a lot to invest in something that you don’t even know you’ll stick with it. For me at least, I intitially was so focused on doing it right the first time that it took away from the whole experience. I wanted the right equipment in order to make the perfect brew. Boy, was I wrong.

The Equipment Basics

  1. 1 Brewpot
  2. 1 Stirring spoon
  3. Sanitizer
  4. Measuring Utensils
  5. Thermometer
  6. Primary Fermentor and Lid
  7. Empty Bottles and Bottle caps (Read how to reuse bottles here)
  8. A bottle capper
  9. Optional: Siphon hose (if using a fermentor without a spigot)

The Basic Ingredients (Brew Stuff)

  1. Yeast
  2. Fermentable Sugars (extract
  3. Water
  4. Hops

Beer is arguably one of the gods’ greatest gift to man. Amazingly enough, it’s only made from 4 ingredients. Pretty soon, you will be enjoying your very own brand right out of the brewery you call your kitchen!

Money Saving Breakdown:

So I know what you’re thinking, “Ok Max, get to the point, why does this save me money?”

Well, a 5 gallon standard batch will yield anywhere from 45-53 12 oz bottles of beer.

How much would it cost  to buy 50 craft beers from your local liquor store? Well, let’s do some beer math (the only way I’ll do math):

50 beers is approximately 4 (12-packs). Each 12 pack is approximately $10-$14 (depending on area and type of beer) = That will run you anywhere from $40- $56!

Now let’s analyze my last trip to the brew store:

  • 1 grain steeping bag (like a tea bag but for grains)
  • malted barley extract, grains or your choice of fermentable sugars
  • hops
  • yeast

Total price comes to: $30!

50 beers for $30? That works for me!

That’s not the only way to save money while brewing. How do you cut costs while making your signature brew?

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