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Old 03-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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I LIKE BEER... with that obvious statement out of the way, I am looking to brew another batch, but I am a college student and seeing how it is the middle of the second semester, I am already very low on funding... This is where my question comes in. I am wondering if anyone had a decent (doesn't have to be great) recipe that is cheap? I enjoy lighter beers, but don't mind darker ones. I am looking for an ALE because time is of the essence as well... Just curious to see what other people do for that not so crafty yet drinkable cheap home-brew?

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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I LIKE BEER... with that obvious statement out of the way, I am looking to brew another batch, but I am a college student and seeing how it is the middle of the second semester, I am already very low on funding... This is where my question comes in. I am wondering if anyone had a decent (doesn't have to be great) recipe that is cheap? I enjoy lighter beers, but don't mind darker ones. I am looking for an ALE because time is of the essence as well... Just curious to see what other people do for that not so crafty yet drinkable cheap home-brew?

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extract or all grain?
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:51 PM   #3
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Something with a dry yeast and low hops maybe? I just did a Stout for $31 but it did have lactose and oats and flaked barely, all of which is more pricy than reg grain.

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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My cream ale recipe comes in at about $16 for 10 gallons.

But I buy grain in bulk, reuse yeast, and grow some hops. Minute Rice is pretty cheap, so that could be used in a cream ale with some base malt and some dry yeast.

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For an extract beer, Brown Ale is pretty cheap - and it still tastes really good so you wouldn't be giving up anything IMO. I've made it from the Williams Brewing Nut Brown Ale extract in a 6 pound pouch. It comes with the specialty grains already in it, so there's no extra grain to worry about shelf life. Southern English Brown Ale is fairly low in bitterness, so not much hops cost. I've found you can substitute bittering hops without loosing the desired flavor - this can save some money. I don't usually add any finishing hops to Nut Brown, either.

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BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde costs me $8.97 for 5 gal. But I buy my 2-row by the sack and my hops by the pound and I wash my yeast.

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Austin homebrew has some budget mini mash kits. Just brewed it last week so don't know how it tastes. Think it was around $27 with the dry yeast and 1% boost

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Anything without a lot of hops or specialty grains would be a good place to start. Hefeweizens, brown ales, and blonde/amber ales can all be pretty cheap.

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SMaSH is pretty cheap to brew

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extract or all grain?
Either would work for me
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