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Old 01-30-2013, 05:09 PM   #151
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+1 on this post being about more than just making "Cheap Beer".

Also, what process do you use to malt your grain? Is there a guide or detailed instructions available somewhere for malting grain at home?
BYO has a couple good articles. I don't get 100% germination but I get enough DP to convert

It's fun. I'd I need Munich malt for a Dunkel? Done. Crystal 20 L? Done. Only one I can't figure out is Honey Malt
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:28 PM   #152
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Problem solved. Malt your own grain. Costs me 20 cents a pound unmalted and it costs me nearly nothing to malt and dry during the summer. You could make almost any beer besides IPAs and barleywines using washed yeast. Really not that difficult, you just need to do a protien rest

I can literally make five gallons of pale ale 10 lbs of grain, 3 oz of hops, and washed yeast for under 5 bucks.
10*.3= $3 grain.. Can make my own biscuit, C40, etc etc.. Toasting cost included
3*.50= $1.5 hops.. CTZ, Summit, Cascade, all CHEAP

I get 5-6 generations out of US05.. Not recommended but in my lab I can

I make tons of lagers so liquid yeast costs more even if I get tons of generations. Still costs under 8 bucks for a batch of Bohemian pilsner
Just curious where you buy your 2-row, this is about the lowest I see it at my LHBS.

BRIESS 2-ROW BREWERS MALT - 50 lb, $40
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:13 AM   #153
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The Briess 2- row you cited is malted. I'm not sure where to go to get unmelted 2- row and am also interested in the answer.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #154
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The Briess 2- row you cited is malted. I'm not sure where to go to get unmelted 2- row and am also interested in the answer.
Feed stores. I live in the backwoods and the feed store I use for my farm didn't carry it. Have to go an actual feed mill. You are talking about 55 LB sacks of malted barley, I buy bags for 12 bucks and germinate and dry them myself, and then roast and stew them for speciality and crystal malts. It's a lot more work but it's fun and cheap
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #155
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The other day I went to the LHBS bought the ingredients I needed for two batches, along with a couple of airlocks, and the total was around $18. That also includes the ~$2 or whatever I paid for an ounce of hops, because I didn't have any good substitutes from my bulk hops.

One of the batches is a Mild, and the other is a Berliner Weiss. Low OG and low hopping for both. VERY cheap and tasty beers.

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Try a batch with bread yeast.

Split off a gallon of wort and pitch it for an experiment.

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Old 02-19-2013, 01:08 AM   #157
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Try a batch with bread yeast.

Split off a gallon of wort and pitch it for an experiment.

There are some interesting recipes in Radical Brewing that call for bread yeast. Maybe it can't hurt to go old school....
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I know it's different, but I was reading some trials with Fleischmann's in Apfelwein, and it consistently ranked right around the bottom in every aspect, including taste, except carbonation level.

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The other day I went to the LHBS bought the ingredients I needed for two batches, along with a couple of airlocks, and the total was around $18. That also includes the ~$2 or whatever I paid for an ounce of hops, because I didn't have any good substitutes from my bulk hops.

One of the batches is a Mild, and the other is a Berliner Weiss. Low OG and low hopping for both. VERY cheap and tasty beers.
yeah going to have to agree, as i think many people said. you could easily make a good, standard homebrew quality beer if its malt focused.

90% 2row, 10% munich an ounce of bittering hops at 60. if you used a belgian yeast, lager or a clean ale it would end up quite nice
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For those at the proper latitude, you should look into growing your own hops. Definitely will save you a good bit of cash if you use them year after year.

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