Quite an expensive brew this one...

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Quite an expensive brew this one...

Postby Scott » Mon 08 Apr, 2013 2:18 pm

Ok so far during my Grolsch extract brew I've bought the following....

4kg Extract - £26
Grains - £1.60
Hops - £10
500g DME - £4
Yeast - £6.50
Delivery - £8.90

Grand total £57


Out of the above I will have left over grain and leftover hops to use in further brews. But it's hardly the inexpensive hobby that I started out with lol.

The one stand out cost is the yeast. It is just ridiculous how much it costs to make a viable yeast for a lager. The 500g bag of DME is for the yeast starter alone, that will be dumped down the drain. Total cost of the yeast starter is £10.50, I hope it's worth it.

Given how much this costs I'm thinking that I REALLY need to keep the slurry at the end of the primary fermentation in order to use again.
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Re: Quite an expensive brew this one...

Postby Scott » Mon 08 Apr, 2013 2:31 pm

Just thinking out loud here, but.... if I CAN reuse the yeast then I can make a further 2 batches of this with just the extract required.

I can then make a further 2 batches with just the extract and 1 bag of hops required.

Basically the Extract is required for each brew.
The Northern Brewer Hops are good for 3 batches.
The Hallertau Herbrucker hops are good for 10 batches.
The Czech Saaz Hops are good for 5 batches.

The real question is how many times I can split the yeast and how viable it will be to re-use.

I'm thinking that once this brew is finished I can easily split it into 2 frozen starters. This would be cycle 1.
If I then use those 2 frozen starters and separate the leftovers into 2 frozen starters that will give me 4 frozen starters. This would be cycle 2.
My thinking is that I don't want to go past 3rd generation so that would leave me with 8 frozen starters.... or 15 brews total.

If that's the case then the yeast is definitely worth it :D
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Re: Quite an expensive brew this one...

Postby hoolah » Thu 29 Aug, 2013 6:19 pm

I cant wait to understand what you are actually talking about scott lol!
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Re: Quite an expensive brew this one...

Postby Scott » Thu 29 Aug, 2013 7:53 pm

All in good time mate, it's quite a journey you are on :D
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Re: Quite an expensive brew this one...

Postby hoolah » Thu 29 Aug, 2013 8:33 pm

Lol i know mate there is so much to learn, i didnt realise there was so much
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