If you view brewing your own beer as an esoteric hobby reserved for true beer geeks, you might want to take a second look based on savings alone. Brewing your own can slash your beer budget while increasing the quality.
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Over at the financial and frugality centered blog Wise Bread they share their experience brewing their own beer. On top of thoroughly enjoying the process they saved a significant amount of money. They were drinking mid-level beer and switching to home brewing saved them roughly 50%.
A standard batch of homebrew is five gallons, which should make more than 48 bottles, or two cases of beer. At our usual $US22 to $US25 per case, that would be more than $US44 to $US50 worth of beer. The ingredients and consumable supplies for the first batch cost $US31, so this represents a $US13 to $US19 savings on two cases. As you can see, it will take several batches to make back our initial capital outlay for equipment and supplies.
If they were buying even higher quality beer they'd be saving even more. Put the savings to other uses or funnel it right back into your beer-brewing operation to try out new flavors and equipment. Check out the full post for additional information and beer brewing resources. Have your own experience home brewing? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Homebrewed Beer: Make Your Own and Save Money [Wisebread]