Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Save Money on Beer Prices by Brewing Your Own

by: Drew Brown

How does $0,40 cent per bottle of excellent home brewed beer sound to you? With an average of beer prices being over $1,- per bottle, brewing your own beer is cheap and can save you a lot of money. You need to be smart in this time of financial crisis and if you like making things yourself then the beer price of your own product will amaze you. You do something you like, you save some money and have a great batch of beer to enjoy, what more do you want?

To brew a large amount of beer (six gallons) and pay a good price for your beer you better buy a proper beer brewing kit. This will be your biggest investment and will cost you about $100,- to $120,- this also includes the ingredients for your first batch. But this investment will start making you money before you know it.

The beer prices of your own homemade beer depend on the ingredients you will use for the next batches. You can go to your local home brew store and buy everything separate but you can also buy a so called beer kit packages. These kind of packages contain everything you need to make a new batch of beer and they are available in many of your favorite flavors. The price of these beer kit packages for 6 gallons are between $25 to $30. Your per-bottle cost will run around $0.40 inclusive write down cost for the kit.

Cost of ingredients can vary

In 2000 the price of hop was about 2 dollar a pound, in 2007 the price was extreme and went up to 26 dollar a pound, this was because of a bad growing season. So if you can grow your own hop in your area we advise you to do so. This means the beer prices varies also over the years and that also counts for your own beer prices. But still in all those years brewing your own beer has been cheaper than buying it. Although it might be saving you just a little bit of money.

Beer prices do not depend on the equipment

Well of course you need to make much more beer to pay your beer brewing equipment of over $300,- then you do when you buy a kit from around $100,- but the prices of equipment have not increased much over the years, this means that the cost of investment have remained fairly constant. So the best you can do is keep the investment as low as you can.

You can also save money by loosing the cost of bottles and caps and to put your finished beer in a keg. You do need to invest in a couple of kegs and a tap but you can get better beer prices if you divided these cost up among the number of times you can use these kegs and taps. This way you can actually reduce the beer prices per gallon even further. But at a price of less than 0.50 cents per bottle of excellent homemade beer who needs to?


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