Thursday 22 February 2018

My wallet says 'cheers!'

Overall, I saved €55 for what amounts to maybe two hours' of work making six bottles of wine and 40 pints of beer.

However, I could have quadrupled that saving by going for the more economical 30-bottle wine kit instead of a six-bottle job.

I made six bottles of Rioja from an ingredients kit costing €15.

I won't flatter myself that the wine would be worth more than €7 a bottle in shops -- but that still saves €27. (With a 30-bottle kit, the saving would have been €160).

Meanwhile, I also brewed up a 40-pint batch of beer from a kit costing €12.45 -- or 31c a pint.

That saves 40 x €4.50 = €180 on the price of a pint in the pub. More realistically , the saving on the cheapest 'off-licence' price would be 70c a pint -- or €28 in total.

I didn't factor in the cost of kits -- about €67 for wine and around €100 for beer -- as the equipment can be re-used over and over again.

There is a satisfaction factor in brewing your own, or developing the skills to make better batches.

Irish Independent

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