View Full Version : Cost per batch ...

02-04-2005, 11:16 PM
Hay this was touched on another thread and I think it might be interesting to see what kinda $$ we tend to spend on just the liquid/frementable part of things. The rest doesn't count... That's an INVESTMENT ;)

For me ....

Cyser 5 gal, 9% abv, $24.50 got a great deal on 5 kgs honey
Trad Sweet meads, 2- 1 gals, still going, 13 % and crawling along, sg 1.06, $38.74
Cranberry melomel, 5 gal, 12% still going at 1.02, $72.25
Joes ancient orange, 1 gal, $18.00
Pilsener kit, 5 gal, $14.45

I'm just wondering if there are trends... e.g. Mels vs meths which will put you out more $$ ... What can I expect to pay out when making a sweet mead... Who's basement should be raided first you know that sort of thing.

P.S. my figures are all in Canadian dollars

02-04-2005, 11:26 PM
It seems like Metheglins would be cheaper than anything that required fruit by about the cost of the fruit. The costs for my first Metheglin were...

Citrus Fruit $2.78
5 gallons bottled water $2.90
1 1/2 gallons honey $37.50 (Orange Blossom)
Spices $2.00
2 pkgs. yeast $1.60

for a total of $46.78 (in US dollars) for a 5 gallon batch after racking twice...

I will dig out info on the other batches and post them later...

02-04-2005, 11:30 PM
The costs for my first Cyser were...

Citrus Fruit $2.78
5.5 gallons raw apple juice $27.50
1 1/2 gallons honey $37.50
Spices $2.00
2 pkgs. yeast $1.60

for a total of $71.38 (in US dollars) for a 5 gallon batch after racking twice...

02-05-2005, 02:26 AM
Ok... I'll Play.... Ingredients only....
per one 3 gallon batch.. Of Ancient Orange, Cinnamon & Clove

Sue Bee Honey..........5lbs/ $9.99 ea = $19.98
All Spice, Cinnamon, Cloves (value split for 10 batches) $1.60
Orange $1.00 est.
Yeast $2.00 per batch
Raisins est. $1.00 per batch
Artesian Well Water.... FREE
Total of $25.58 per 3 gallon batch. or $8.52 per gallon

Considering I spent $13.00 per bottle of Mead from a local winery... and how many winebottles can I get from a 3 gallon jug?

Apple Ciser Meads.... $13.00 per gallon
Mixed Fruit Melomel... $9.00 per gallon (fruit was free)

:) Suzy Q

02-05-2005, 04:44 PM
See, now I'm jelous of suzy Q, I enjoyed artisian well water one summer when I worked for the MNR and you also have free fruit to boot... Where Do you live again? ;D ;)

Ps Suzy, are you in an area where you have to have it tested often?

02-05-2005, 05:27 PM
Yeah I would love to have an artesian well myself. A neighbor had one when I was a kid. Nice.

02-08-2005, 01:21 AM
Sorry Fellas... but My artesian Well access is on the old farm... my folks's. I'm from Washington State... we do alot of fruit farming, orchards, vinyards & Hops in the Valley here. Got relatives who farm.
So perhaps at the moment the fruit is free, but they all expect a bottle of mead or two when it's ready. So, really, cost is minimal.

:-* Suzy Q