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Cheap Ass Ale


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Batch Specifics
  • Batch Size (Gal):         5.50
  • Anticipated OG:          1.062
  • Anticipated IBU:          54.4

Grist

  • 1# German Munich Malt
  • ½# Crystal 10L
  • 3.3# very old can of Munton’s from 1996
  • 3# Liquid Pale Malt Extract captured from runoff bucket
  • 2¾# Liquid Amber Malt Extract captured from runoff bucket
  • 1½# Liquid Wheat Malt Extract captured from runoff bucket
  • A few Specialty Grains swept off the milling counter and steeped
Hops
  • 1 oz – Columbus leaf hops dated 2000 – 60 minutes
  • 1 oz - Warrior leaf hops dated 2000 – 60 minutes
  • 1 oz - Warrior leaf hops dated 2000 – 20 minutes
  • 1 oz – Columbus leaf hops dates 2000 – 15 minutes
  • 1 oz – Centennial leaf hops dated 2000 – 10 minutes
  • 1 oz – Centennial leaf hops dated 2000 – 5 minutes
  • 2 oz – Ultra leaf hops dated 2000 – end of boil
  • 1 oz - Crystal leaf hops dated 2000 – end of boil
Wyeast 1318 - (third pitch) - From traditional London brewery with great malt and hop profile. True top cropping strain, fruity, very light, soft balanced palate, finishes slightly sweet.

Flocculation: high
Attenuation: 71-75%
Temperature Range: 64-74° F (18-23° C)
Alcohol Tolerance: approximately 10% ABV


Cheap Ass Ale

Made From Cheap Ass Ingredients - Reserved until now for the cheapasses of the world, enjoy this beer knowing very little money (99 cents for the ice) was actually spent brewing it. This ale was brewed using only the cheapest possible ingredients – preferably free! Can a beer be made this way and still taste better than the beer with costly premium products? See for yourself.

While working at the Homebrew Depot in 2005, I yearned to make the cheapest beer I could from what would normally be waste products. My plan was to then serve it to the sheeple at the Great Arizona Beer Festival. I tried several names while serving, but when I told the sheeple the truth and called it Cheap Ass Ale they started drinking it faster.

I could never get by the horrid cheesy aroma, but the sheeple liked it, and drank half the borrowed keg. The soul food shop next door drank the rest after carting it to their store in Styrofoam cups and coffee pots.

It was touch and go for a while, whether to dump the keg or not, but the sheeple came through for me. It took a couple weeks to kill the keg off, thank God I didn't have to drink very much!

The Brewers

Brewing Date:  2005
Head Brewer:   Kevin Cotter
Asst Brewer:    Ken Saxe
Recipe:            Cheap Ass Ale
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