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Old 04-22-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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I'm new to brewing, I'm 21, and still in school... so with that being said... I want to brew a high alcohol beer that doesn't cost a lot, will get me drunk, and still taste great.
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I don't have the equippment or the cool temps to brew a lager, so it's going to have to be an ale.

I'm trying to get a recipe that will brew a beer with alchol content of around 8%-9%.

I'd rather it not be a black beer either. I like dark beers, but not dark black.

Any suggestions?

 
Old 04-22-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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Barleywine is probably your best bet. Or an imperial IPA (or sometimes called a double IPA). The problem is that high alcohol beers take a long time to mature so you can't really expect to be drinking them for about a year.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:03 PM   #3
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I...I want to brew a high alcohol beer that doesn't cost a lot, will get me drunk, and still taste great.
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You forgot that you want it done in 1 week.

You're in the wrong forum.

You need to find a hooch-making site.

 
Old 04-22-2008, 10:04 PM   #4
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I know you wanted beer....but if you want a high alcohol content that is easy and cheap why not make a hard cider

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=14860

 
Old 04-22-2008, 10:05 PM   #5
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You may be in a better situation to make Edworts Apfelwein if you are looking for a higher ABV beverage to make for very cheap. You can find an entire thread dedicated to the subject in the wine making forum.

Beer equipment can get expensive on a tight budget. Just my 2 cents.

 
Old 04-22-2008, 10:38 PM   #6
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We having something where I live called HRD Vodka. It's cheaper and faster.

 
Old 04-22-2008, 10:42 PM   #7
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Cheap + high ABV + tastes great = nonexistent
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:26 AM   #8
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+1 on the cider. quick, very little equipment (which of course would provide a starting point for making beers), and will get you pished.

1 barrel
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:29 AM   #9
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You may be in a better situation to make Edworts Apfelwein if you are looking for a higher ABV beverage to make for very cheap.
True, but he will graduate before it is drinkable.

 
Old 04-23-2008, 01:02 AM   #10
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I'm new to brewing, I'm 21, and still in school... so with that being said... I want to brew a high alcohol beer that doesn't cost a lot, will get me drunk, and still taste great.
You have to realize that you've come to a site with a bunch of people dedicated to making the finest quality ales and lagers possible and you're asking us how to make cheap chug-a-lug plonk. You're not going to win too many people over with that.

If you're serious about brewing your own, you should concentrate on what we call 'session' beers. They're lower alcohol but they finish quickly and taste good and they're cheap to make. Get yourself a good sturdy funnel and a length of tubing and you'll be in business.
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