- Oct 6, 2019
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Brewing is for me at least a hobby, with cost per pint being secondary. I mostly do small batch BIAB, with a tendency towards ordering grain shortly before I brew which pushes up my cost a fair bit, case in point my recent batch of wheat beer was a 9L batch as a result of just ordering the grain for this one batch and using liquid yeast the cost was £20.17 or about £1.12 per 500ml bottle. Now this is a bit on the extreme end I’m normally a tad more organised and order several batches worth of grain at a time and use dry yeast so a more typical batch cost is perhaps £10 for 9L or about £0.55 per 500ml bottle. Here’s the thing even at the high end I’m still slightly cheaper than a typical half litre of most beer. Even factoring in energy costs about £1 a batch I’m still below the cost of a commercial Wheat beer in Tesco (about £1.50 a bottle). I don’t brew to save money I brew because I enjoy brewing, it’s a nice way to spend a Saturday morning, I doubt I save much money over commercial beer (well depends on the beer) but brewing 9L of Bitter is ultimately more enjoyable than picking out 18 bottles on Tesco.com or off the shelf in Aldi.