So How Much Does it Cost to Brew?

I get this question over and over and it’s a fair one. So finally, on this last brew, I did a cost breakdown just to see. This is purely a cost/10g batch. I don’t factor in equipment and I left out water usage since everyone has different water rates. I figure for a 10 gallon batch I use about 35 gallons of water. That accounts for water left in the mash tun, evaporation, cleaning and so on. I took my most grain intensive recipe (just for a “worst case” cost) and created a breakdown. In the last column I break the costs down by 12oz bottle since non-brewers tend to think in 12oz increments. For quick reference, I list cost per 6-pack and 24 case, again for the benefit of non-brewers (click the image for a larger version):

Brew cost for my IPA recipe

Brew cost for my IPA recipe

So there you go, it’s roughly $0.65/12oz bottle. You’ll note that this does not include labor. My best time on a batch of this size is about 4.5 hours. (Including setup/tear-down). You could argue that adding labor would double, or even triple the cost, but c’mon, it’s a freakin’ hobby!

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