Originally Posted by zachj9292
make sure you're getting the most for shipping on your malt. If you have one major base malt that goes into everything, only buy it in full pallet quantities. this will save .05-.10 per pound. as for hops, you might be seeing higher costs because you are (most likely) spot buying. you mentioned centennial which (if you can find it) is somewhat expensive right now. make sure you are factoring in water treatment chemicals (if any), yeast nutrient, fermcap, etc. I even add cleaning chemicals onto the cost of each batch. I'm only 7 BBL and my cost is a touch higher than yours, but that's for beers pushing 1.060 gravity.
as for yeast, i am assuming (at the low end) to repitch 4 times so I take the yeast cost/4 per batch. i know this is on the low end for repitching, but for now i would rather overestimate costs than underestimate. yeast is f^&%ing expensive and if getting a liquid pitch, expect to pay handsomely for overnight delivery...
as for the other costs, it depends on how much you plan to make. you should have a good idea of what your fixed costs will be for the year. divide that by how much you intend to sell in that year and it'll give you a good approximation of fixed cost per keg. add a nickel on for yourself and there you go (simplistically).
obviously the more you make the lower the fixed cost /bbl will be... i guess thats why they call this a volume business.....
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