I've brewed 25-30 gallons of mead over the past couple years, way easier than beer...but, also not beer.
There is nothing cheaper, nor more deadly, than dorm-made Apple Jack.
Cheap apple cider, allowed to ferment next to the radiator in your dorm room for a week or so. Then over a period of days, the bottle(s) is/are hung out the dorm window. The water in suspension freezes and rises to the top of the bottle, while the alcohol remains in liquid form [fractional crystallization]. Each day you simply scoop off the ice that has formed, causing the alcohol and the apple flavor that is left behind to become more concentrated.
Each day (that you can stand to wait) the amount of ice that is forming will be less and less, until eventually no more ice will form at all.
The colder the weather, the better the "vintage"; 0° = 14% alcohol by volume, -10° = 20% If you've ever spent a winter in Lafayette, Indiana you'll know that 1) -10 isn't that unusual, and 2) there's not much else to do in the dorm in January.