Originally Posted by tonyandkory
Do you divide the non consumable costs down for every bottle that they produce?
Like a carboy might be $1.00 a bottle at first batch then only $0.50 second batch etc... (adding in the previous bottles of course)
in the end I think of all my equipment as free because they end up being fractions of cents per bottle.... if you make enough that is
Yeah, I agree that my out-of-pocket costs per bottle are much lower than $6+, unless you are doing the very high end wine kits, or using expensive grapes. Bottles are re-used, equipment, fermenter, carboys, etc.) has yet to need replacement, other than a couple broken hydrometers, and I don't know how to reliably calculate water, cleaning agents, etc. that are household products. Maybe $5 per batch - so $0.16 per bottle? A few supplies (k-meta, acid, etc), but probably less than $3 per batch - so $0.10 per bottle is generous. Corks add about $0.18 per bottle. The rest is 'product' which varies from low-end kits at $1.85 per bottle (~$55 for the VN kits) to $7 per bottle (Meglioli or RQ kits at $210). So, my out-of-pocket costs are about $2.30 to $7.50 per bottle. Pretty nice IMHO - it's what keeps me coming back for more!
'Course, my hourly rate that I bill for my working time is $225, so adding 5 hours 'on-the-clock' time to the cost would add about $37 to the per-bottle cost.
Ya gotta pay yourself first, right?