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Old 11-06-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default I need a good, cheap beer recipe

for a beginner who does not want to mess with the kits. 30-40$ for a one time kit just seems to be a waste to me. I agree the experience gained by using them could be beneficial but I am just wanting to try and make beer with my 5 gallon buckets , some extract and possibly partial grain , and hops , but I am trying to do it on the cheap side. I know everybody has their preferences and some are quite costly , but I just want the experience of making decent drinkable beer as easily and cheaply as possible for my first try , and I know it can be done , but with some input from those who have been there it can turn out better than a blind attempt. Anybody have any suggestions ?

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Look at Austin Home Brew. They have specials all the time and I a selection of kits that work out to under 50cents/beer

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index....78_452_378_379

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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Kits cost less than buying ingredients separately imo!

I agree about AHS, they do have some cheap kits.

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:54 PM   #4
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You can save a TON of money by buying in bulk. Your biggest money savings would be from buying a huge bag of DME, and then just buying specialty grains for whatever particular recipe you want to make. For example, at midwest supplies, it's $4/lb for DME in 3lb bags... but if you buy a 50lb bag, it's only $2.75/lb. If you're using around 6-8lbs of extract for a 5 gallon batch, that can save you ten bucks right there.

If you get familiar with what kind of hops you like, you can buy those in bulk too. Cascades are very versatile and can be used for both bittering and aroma. Nikobrew.com has pounds of cascade for $25 shipped. That saves you another buck per batch.

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:59 PM   #5
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I'd get my hops through hopsdirect.com, you can get a pound of cascades for about $8.75 before shipping, which is probably about $12.

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Old 11-06-2009, 06:01 PM   #6
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Hopsdirect is still selling off their '08 stock, many for around $10/lb. Good way to save some cash.

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Old 11-06-2009, 06:14 PM   #7
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Wow... that is super cheap. I am gonna buy some right now, at those prices... I had no idea hopsdirect was so much less.

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I have found that midwestsupplies has some inexpensice kits that come with everything you need (except bottles, and caps) for around 24.99....thats pretty cheap for 50 beers.

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Look at Austin Home Brew. They have specials all the time and I a selection of kits that work out to under 50cents/beer

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index....78_452_378_379
+1 for your first brew, this is a great choice.
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He is a n00b and he is not going to be buying 50 lbs of DME

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