Good Cheap Beer?

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  1. BuuBox

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    I've been trying different beers lately and have found some good ones however seem to be spending too much.

    What I like:
    1. Little Creatures Bright Ale
    2. Whale Ale
    3. Cascade Premium

    What I don't mind:
    1. TEDs (I've got my flame suit on)
    2. Little Creatures Pale Ale
    3. Bitburger

    What I dislike:
    1. VB
    2. Coronas
    3. Coopers Pale Ale

    Any suggestions for a cheap beer suiting my tastes would be appreciated... :lol:
     
  2. Jobe

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    dude how can you prefer the Little Creatures bright over the pale ale. Mmmmmmm.

    I found Fat Yak on tap at my local RSL for like $13 a jug and was like... wth gime gime gime. Give it a shot!
     
  3. Eradicate'

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    BitBurger is great, my new fav beer
     
  4. influx

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    in terms of the really cheap beers (<$30 carton) you can get from the coles/woolies chains, oettinger > hollandia imo.
     
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    Fat yak is great! Looking to find a supplier in sydney that have it for cheap.

    Never tried it in a bottle but i'd think it taste the same as on tap since it's produced here :thumbup:
     
  6. dillusional

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    Start brewing your own :) once you get past the setup costs, it's cheap as to make dude.
     
  7. Ma Baker

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    Or go to the Brew Barn.
     
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    BuuBox

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    That did cross my mind, might look into it.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    :)
     
  9. Adro85

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    I'm about to move into a place where I might have the room/conditions suitable for homebrewing. But I read the OCAU homebrew wiki and quite frankly it scared the shit out of me - it looks so complex!

    I don't have a science-type brain and I fear there's too many variables that could easily cause me to cock things up and waste all the time and effort.

    Confirm/deny?
     
  10. 3stars

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    only one way to find out dive in man, nothing ventured nothing gained.
     
  11. dillusional

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    Ok, I'm just about to do my third brew and I really can't wait to do it.

    I got setup by buying the coopers home brew kit from Coles. It cost me 80 bucks and came with everything I needed to do my first brew. It's got 30 PET bottles as well.

    It comes with a Lager in the box, but there are heaps of other ones you can make.

    Coopers sterilise all the equipment for you first,but I gave mine a wash out just in case. After the first brew, I went and bought 36 750 swing top bottles so I can have a few going at once :D

    You can make brewing as easy or as complex as you like, I'm just about to start experimenting by using different yeast and adding fresh hops. This drives up the cost, but it's a hobby so I'm still playing around with getting it perfect.

    Shoot me a PM if you've got questions or checkout the Homebrew thread in Geek Grog here.
     
  12. Adro85

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    This is encouraging :) thanks man. I'm going to look into it more once I move house. How did your first brew turn out, out of curiosity?
     
  13. pugsley

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    Brewing can go from incredibly simple to insanely complex. To start off all you need is a can of goo, some yeast, water, a container to ferment it in, a bit of sugar and some bottles to put it in.

    Beer is a patient man's hobby. There is a lot of waiting involved.

    Following that link and seeing the car i thought someone had managed to stuff a micro brewery into a vehicle to do door to door mashing for clients.
     
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  14. Ma Baker

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    Now that would be interesting.

    We've been doing this since before christmas and everyone who comes to the house loves it. We're thinking of getting a keg set up in the future. Haven't bought shop beer for ages. Averages around $25 a slab once you've got your bottles.
     
  15. Fireblade

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    The first item in their FAQ is a little disturbing.

    To the OP, I was in the same position as you. I've been brewing for a couple of years now and I won't be going back in a hurry. I make beers of comparable quality to $60-$80/box beers for around $20-$24, and I do it the easy way. I could nearly half that cost if was willing to take the time with all grain brewing, but I don't have that time.
     
  16. aXis

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    I for one dont like the bitterness of the pale, about 30IBU is my limit. The bright is good but prefer the Pilsener the best.

    Yeah, no such thing as good cheap (commercial) beer - quality ingredients and time make a big difference. If you like the Little Creatures then that's all about massive amounts of fresh hops, which is an expensive ingredient.
     
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    hammer & tongs (available from first choice, dunno if they're a national chain or not) is pretty drinkable for the price
     
  18. Crinos

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    Yeah that's ludicrous. They deliberately and knowingly sell you bottle bombs? :rolleyes:
     
  19. Ma Baker

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    They're telling you to refrigerate them so that there isn't a chance of this happening. We have plenty of fridge room so it's not a problem for us.
     
  20. Crinos

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    It shouldn't happen, refrigerated or not! Unfermented sugars should NOT be in the bottle at all(apart from the priming sugar, but that's very different as it's a highly controlled dose). If it isn't the desired level of alcohol, too bad... that's the recipe's fault, not the temperature's! It's one of the fundamental rules of homebrewing: don't bottle the beer before it's finished fermenting, full stop. :)

    Not knocking the beer at all, I'm sure it's great(it's homebrewed after all ;)), but any brewer will confirm that that is an extraordinarily dodgy concept, if, as the FAQ indicates, they indeed halt the fermentation prematurely by chilling and then bottling!
     

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