A friend got interested in homebrewing after all the good beer I was bringing into work each week. He asked me how expensive it is to get into the hobby and unfortunately the answer isn't simple. Each person has a price range and just what they 'expect' is needed to get started. Some brewers start small and build out equipment over time. But what I did recommend was to wait for Black Friday coming up as there will be deals to start even an all grain brewery on the cheap. So, for him and all the other brewers getting into the hobby here is the first post among a few relating to the costs of building out a brewery at home.Note: Links are unaffiliated. I utilized Amazon, Northern Brewer and Adventures in Brewing as examples for prices. There are great other places to get supplies including local homebrew shops (which avoid shipping delays/costs). Links are mostly provided for ease of use and proof of price for items.
The Starting Line
So in any research it was essential to find out just what was essential to start. The first stage of course being the ability to make beer. This though is going to be dependent on your home's temperature. What at the most minimum you would like to get is:
- 5 Gallon Pot ($20-$30)
- Plastic Fermenter ($15)
- Bottling Bucket ($18)
- Airlock ($2) [Get 2, backups are nice]
- Auto-Siphon ($22) [Get the 6ft hose addition]
- Bottle Filler ($3)
- Bottle Filling Hose ($0.50/foot) [Get 3-6 feet for general use]
- Bottle Brush ($3)
- StarSan Sanitizer ($10)
- Long Stem Thermometer ($10)
- Stick on Thermometer ($2)
- Bottle Capper ($20)
- Bottle Caps ($5/144)
- *Brew Paddle ($3+) [kitchen spatula works]
- *Beer Bottles ($12/24) [You can save by cleaning used
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This reminds me of some of the conversations I have with friends about boat building. The cost is somewhere between $100 and $1,000,000. The hard part is deciding what you want to do. But then this is all part of the fun!!
posted by Chal on 11/11/2015 at 02:26:56 PM
Tags for this post: cost, black friday, brewery, equipment