Go to a liquor store and you will find an endless number of commercially brewed beers. Dark, light, sour, mass-produced, and craft beers line the shelves at almost every price. Alternatively, beer lovers can brew their own beer at home. Often times it’s cheaper to make something yourself, but is it cheaper to brew your own beer? Is it worth investing in the home brewery?
Depending on the quality of the brewing equipment and the ingredients used, you can brew your own beer at many price points. For this experiment, I’ll compare the price of making beer using a highly rated Amazon brewing kit to a popular mainstream beer.
Home brew kit
The BrewDemon Craft Beer Brewing Kit contains everything a beer lover needs to brew their own beer, including bottles and the ingredients for a batch of beer. The cost of the kit when ordered from Amazon is $ 102 and makes two gallons or 256 ounces of beer. That’s about 39.8 cents per ounce.
This price per ounce is a bit of a misnomer as it includes the one-time cost of the equipment. The ingredient packages for the following two gallon batches of beer are $ 24.15, or 9.4 cents an ounce.
While searching for a local liquor store on a website, I found a case of Coors Light advertised for $ 17.99. A case of beer contains 24, 12-ounce cans for a total of 288 ounces. That’s 6.2 cents an ounce.
Even if you compare the cost of home brewing without the cost of the equipment, it’s more expensive than a regular mainstream beer. The price difference would be even bigger compared to craft beer. While this home brew kit is highly rated, you can also buy high quality brewing equipment and ingredients that would make home brewing a lot more expensive.
Conclusion: Brewing your own beer is NOT cheaper than buying it directly from the dealer.
The case for home brewing
If homebrewers aren’t saving money, why are they? There are many reasons people can brew their own beer at home, including:
- It is fun: Home brewers find it fun to brew beer and then taste the fruits of their labor. It is satisfying to make something that you would normally buy in stores.
- Quality: Many argue that mass produced commercial beers are of poor quality. Home brewers can make beer they believe is superior in taste.
Making your own beer is not saving you any money. However, it is a hobby that you and your friends can enjoy a lot, so home brewing is well worth it.
How about you, Clever Friends, brew your own beer? Do you know anyone who does that?
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