TACAFA (Tom's Amazing Cheap Ass Farmhouse Ale)
The goal of this beer was to brew something and spend close to nothing for the ingredients. To accomplish this, I used home grown hops, roasted my cheapest base grain for my specialty malt, and reused yeast. Because of the hops and specialty grains, my IBU and SRM numbers are estimates. However, they are also close to what I was shooting for.
10# Pale Ale Malted Barley (SRM=2, 83.3%)
1# Light Roasted Malted Barley * (SRM=40, 8.3%)
1# Medium Roasted Malted Barley ** (SRM=80, 8.3%)
2 oz Zeus @ 60
2 oz Cascade @ 20
2 oz Cascade @ 5
Reused Safbrew t-58 Pitched @ 60°-65° and let rise to 74°
1.25 qt/lb @ 150°F for 60 minutes
*-Combine 1# Pale Ale Malted Barley and 1/2 cup of water in a 13"x9" baking dish and let it sit for 30 minutes. Bake in a 350° oven for 60 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
**-Combine 1# Pale Ale Malted Barley and 1/2 cup of water in a 13"x9" baking dish and let it sit for 30 minutes. Bake in a 350° oven for 90 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
The image is a little fuzzy, but you can see the bright white head and light amber color. There is some chill haze. The beer is a little dry and very quaffalble. The yeast adds a peppery spice and a little fruitiness that would be more pronounced if fermented at a higher temp.
Since the only ingredient I paid for was the base malt, which was bought in bulk, the cost for this beer was $5.76 for 5.5 gallons, or about 10¢ a 12 oz bottle.