making beer el cheapo style

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making beer el cheapo style

Post: # 53693Post paradox
Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:50 pm

I want to homebrew some beer as cheap as possible ive looked a various bitter kits on the net which come in around £20 but then you need buckets,barrels and god knows what else.

Im aware you can make cider very cheap but im not a cider drinker at all.

Is there a way i can start and finish my own first homebrew without breaking the bank?

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Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:50 pm

people get into homebrewing then get bored. only the other day i saw on freecycle a complete beer making set up - so start by looking at car booties and freecycle for the gear?
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Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:00 pm

As with most things, if you buy the kits, you are paying too much. When I buy ingredients I spend about US$25 (thats about £13). A good cheap starter beer recipe is 2 quarts of amber malt extract and 2oz of mild hops (I use cascade) and a packet of brewers yeast.. At my local homebrew shop that will cost me $20 (~£10). Then you need a 5 gallon food grade bucket ($10), 6 foot piece of siphon hose ($3), about 50 bottles (I find them in the nieghbors recycle bins), bottle caps ($3), and a bottle capper ($20).

Thats $56 total for ingredients and equipment. That is about the same that 50 bottles of good beer would cost me at the store. But next time you brew it will cost half that. It is a investment but even the cheapest hombrew is better than your average commercial beer.

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Post: # 54086Post the.fee.fairy
Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:39 pm

I agree with the freecycle comment.

About 10 years ago, my dad threw out all his beer making stuff. i was cursing him for that a couple of months ago!!

And today, my boss offered me a load of winemaking stuff, because i was reading CJJ berry's book on the way in.

So, its well worth asking people around you, and dropping it into casual conversation.

Be aware, though, that you won't get good beer quickly. you've got to go about it the right way, and sterilise everything proerly, you can't just chuck it all in a bin and hope it works.

In my personal opinion, its well worth spending a bit on books and research, and getting in the basic set-up before you start making stuff. I'm still buying books now, and each one teaches me something different, so i'd recommend doing a hell of a lot of research and asking people who have brewed before for their tips. that way, you'll have a lower risk of ruining it and wasting the first few batches.

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Post: # 54097Post paradox
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:24 pm

cheers fee

i bought a book from the charity shop today on home wine and beer making so i shall spend some time reading that first.

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Post: # 54098Post Andy Hamilton
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:26 pm

Right get yourself a little kit like this one for £6.25

You will also need some sterilizing powder which you can buy from Wilco's pretty cheaply - er perhaps for a pound or so.

You will probably need to buy some sugar too about 1kilo for 68p.

Then a brewing bucket but yes freecycle or friends or charity shops for this or it will be about £30.

For the bottles keep old grolsh bottles or I have used thick screw top cordial bottles.

With beer you have to make sure everything is throughly sterilized.

So you can just about get away with making 5 gallons for about £8.
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Post: # 54253Post Andy Hamilton
Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:24 pm

Just been to wilco's and they are selling beer kits for £5. So if you can get the bottles for nothing and the brewing bucket for nowt all you need is sugar and steralising solution. It should cost you around £7 altogether for about 40 pints. That's around 17p a pint, not bad.
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Post: # 54259Post the.fee.fairy
Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:48 pm

ooh, must visit there on Tuesday then. Need new stuff!

Have they got any demojohns in? At a reasonable price?

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Post: # 54265Post wyrdwoman
Sun Apr 15, 2007 2:53 pm

If you are willing to try something different, why not make country ales? I will be doing a honey beer this month, but you can make beer out of nettles too, which is a good use for those plants. And they are free!

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Post: # 54299Post paradox
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:06 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:Just been to wilco's and they are selling beer kits for £5. So if you can get the bottles for nothing and the brewing bucket for nowt all you need is sugar and steralising solution. It should cost you around £7 altogether for about 40 pints. That's around 17p a pint, not bad.
Cheers andy i shall try and find out where my local wilkos is.


Would plastic cola type bottles be ok to use once sterilised?

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Mon May 21, 2007 7:55 am

Can u post the receipe for your honey beer please Wyrdwoman thats sounds interesting?
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