I haven’t spent $2500 yet but if I got many of the things I have on my wishlist I’d be right up there.
Then there is the “pretend wishlist” that puts me close to about 10,000… Someday, not for a while.
I’m only in it about $500 (not counting recipes of course) but I’m about to triple that in the next 2 months as I move into kegging and burner/pot combos.
The way I see it (and spin it to the GF) is that we get good beer out of the deal, AND most of the equipment costs can be recouped if I give up and sell it on craigslist.
I’m kinda the same way; I buy what I want, but I like to buy quality stuff that I’ll have for a long time so I put a lot of research into my purchases.
Yes it’s an expensive hobby but a cheap addiction.