Someone recently asked me how much it costs me to make a pint and I replied around 50-60p - I was dumbfounded when he replied 'oh not really that cheap then'!Most people I tell are really impressed when I tell them I brew beer. They are even more impressed when I tell them the price per pint!
Fair point and I agree that the reason I brew is not to make cheap beer. I guess that we would all like to think that our own beer that we have worked hard to produce is much better than the cheapest that can be bought...A quick google search shows Aldi sells beer at £1.22 a litre so not much more than 60 p a pint I suppose that is understandable. And cider is even cheaper.
Point is if my sole aim was to get drunk as cheaply as possible I probably wouldn’t do it via home brewing. It’s a hobby first and foremost (although getting beer just the way I want it for less than a £1 a pint is pretty good too).
As a member of HMF, you may homebrew in married quarters. But not if living in barracks/mess. Did try and bend rules, but QR's said NOSo, I have a bit of a random question that I think I already know the answer to. Are there certain people whom it it acceptable to brew beer at home?
context to this question is that I am professionally qualified and work in operating theatres, I’m also a service regular Officer in the British Army. Anyone who asks my hobbies I say the usual of walking, time with family but when I say I HomeBrew they looked shocked. I then discuss why it’s acceptable to have a wine tasting night or pair food with wine but beer is different. Currently planning a beer night in the mess, but I’d be interested in what trades and professions people belong to.
I think I managed 8p a bottle once (it was a spiced brown ale so I only needed to wave a couple of hop pellets at it). With the exception of 200 for £10 from a “retiring” brewer I’ve never bought bottles though I just rely on friends and family giving me their empties.£4 for 5 kilo of grain
£1.50 for yeast
£3.50 for hops
£9 for 40 bottles
Call it 23p a bottle
I reuse any Punk IPA bottles I buy from Asda for £2.50 for the 660mlI think I managed 8p a bottle once (it was a spiced brown ale so I only needed to wave a couple of hop pellets at it). With the exception of 200 for £10 from a “retiring” brewer I’ve never bought bottles though I just rely on friends and family giving me their empties.
For contrast I’ve also used £18 of hops in one brew.