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Old 10-23-2009, 02:49 AM   #11
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Scour this website. It's chock full of the sort of tips and suggestions you seek.


No. We don't do hooch here.

I don't see why you would think cheap beer was hooch, all grain large batches are cheap and anything but hooch.

I'm so tired of everyone getting all pissy over people brewing on a budget.
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:52 AM   #12
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It's not about the budget, it's about the product. We discuss the methods, ingredients, and equipment to make high quality craft beverages. Frat party swill doesn't really meet that criteria.

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Old 10-23-2009, 03:02 AM   #13
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I can understand the desire to brew beer that is more suitable for large groups who don't really like good beer. I know many people that don't want beer with the kind of complex flavors that I usually make.

I think it's kinda crappy of this site to be all arrogant about that and refuse to give the slightest amount of help to someone trying to make cheap beer for parties with people who don't think they like good beer.

Hooch, on the other hand, I understand not wanting to discuss--- people looking to add yeast to their kool aid in order to make potent projectile vomit inducers is going to attract the high school kids trying to get around the drinking age.

But even crap beer is beer and, honestly, I'm impressed that even crappy beer companies manage to make the exact same crappy beer every freaking time, without variation.

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Old 10-23-2009, 03:04 AM   #14
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I always try to have a "crap" beer kegged for the inlaws or my folks... or the neighbors to drink. Although, my folks are addicted to my Hugh Heffe now

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Old 10-23-2009, 03:10 AM   #15
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Thanks ya'll I guess I'm right! lol...

Seriously, to me being able to please everyone on a budget is hard, right now I have a 3.5% brown ale I'm really proud of, everyone likes it, serious beer drinkers as well as everyone else.

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Yeah-- I find that the best way to get a BMC person to appreciate homebrew beer is to brew a hefe or saison.

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Yeah-- I find that the best way to get a BMC person to appreciate homebrew beer is to brew a hefe or saison.
Yah, my folks were down this weekend and LOVED the Heffe... who'd have thunk it.
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That being said, I like to have BMC around for those friends that I have that don't want to be adventurous when they are drinking away from home. BMC is always the same and a person knows how they will react to it and some people want that when they are drinking at a party.

BMC never sneaks up on you and kicks your legs out from udner you unexpectedly the way home brew can.

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Old 10-23-2009, 04:04 PM   #19
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Frat beer at 15-30 gallons at a time?

1. I would go AG for this, hands down. Find the biggest cooler you can find...maybe two of them. Fit together some valves and fabricate a manifold or stainless braid in each. Find a burner that can heat a lot of water really fast, and get your propane from a gas dealer instead of from those cages in front of Home Depot (they'll rip you off). You might need an extra container to hold your sparge water if you want to use the same big pot that you heat your mash/sparge water with for a brew kettle.

2. Buy your ingredients in bulk. Since you want to brew 15-30G per batch for your frat parties, you'll go through a lot of grain pretty fast. Maybe find a place that will sell it to you by the ton, and you'll reap huge economies of scale (at least for a homebrewer anyway).

3. 15-30G on a tight budget would seem to be perfect in a plastic conical fermenter that is modded with a dump valve and side valve for racking. DIY this and you can have a mega-fermenter that rocks the house for very low cash.

4. Make stuff that is mostly base malt and little hops. Just like the big boys.

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I can brew almost anything for 12-15 bucks for a 5 gallon batch.

Base grains for $.62/lb (Mid Country Malt) ($7)
Hops for less than $1/oz (Hops Direct) ($2)
Yeast is cheap, and you can use it several times (My LHBS) ($2-$3)

You cant get very cheap with extract, extract only gets so cheap.
+1. Now that I've started buying in bulk, I get my batches down to that $12-15 per 5 gallon mark as well.
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