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Easy Homebrew for When the SHTF or During Hard Times

 
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Easy Homebrew for When the SHTF or During Hard Times
Don't get me wrong, there are FAR better tasting recipes out there.

This recipe is the one my dad taught me and his dad taught him. They used to make it back on the farm when my dad was a boy.

It's simple to make and is composed of easily-obtainable, easily-storeable ingredients. In a POST-SHTF situation, you and your neighbors would be glad to have it.

Like I said, this isn't the best tasting brew and it won't impress the connoisseurs out there. It tastes something like Old Milwaukee.

Materials:

5 gal bucket
Towel
String

Ingredients:

1 can of malt syrup
1 5 lb bag of sugar
3 packets of yeast
5 gallons of warm water

Combine all ingredients into the 5 gal bucket and stir well. Try to get as much of the sugar and malt to dissolve as possible.

Cover the bucket with the towel and wrap a string around it to hold it on. This keeps the bugs out.

Put the bucket in a warm place. Right in your house is fine. You want it to stay about room temperature.

Leave it alone for 2 weeks.

After 2 weeks, take the towel off and you will see that the brew is foamy and smells like beer/bread. Stir it well and try to get everything that didn't dissolve before to dissolve this time. Cover it back up with the towel.

Leave it alone for 2 weeks.

After these two weeks, the brew is technically ready to drink but you'll probably want to further refine it. Here's how:

Filter the brew through the finest cloth you have. It will still be cloudy. That's fine.

Put the brew in sealed airtight containers (Mason jars are best). Leave for another week or two. This carbonates the brew and clears it up to some extent. Don't bother the containers of beer during this time. You'll see that whatever yeast remains will settle to the bottom in a thin white layer and the rest will be golden and clear.

After you've let your containers carbonate and settle, then they're ready to enjoy.

When you get to the bottom of the jar, just be careful not to stir up the thin white layer. But even if you do, it's fine.

A little bit of tweaking in your future batches will eliminate the sediment.

***ETA***

To clear up a little confusion:

1. You obviously can't add exactly 5 gal of water to the bucket. Just add your other ingredients first and then add warm water up to about an inch or two from the top (to allow some room for foaming). Then cover with the towel and tie it off.

2. Homebrew is not hard liquor. It's beer (or technically "malt liquor" in this case). It has about 6% alcohol give or take. I am judging that by my countless hours of drinking everything from light beers (4.5%) to malt liquors (6%) to high-gravity lagers (8-8.5%). So I haven't tested it scientifically.

3. This recipe calls for plain old bread yeast (like Fleishman's or similar). You don't need brewer's yeast. You might have a better product with brewer's yeast though. I don't know.

4. For the asswipes claiming that homebrew has no use in a "hard times" situation, consider the following:

Beer is nutritious and has lots of calories.

It gives you something clean to drink.

It gives you morale after working your fingers to the bone all day.

It helps relieve pain.

It helps you bond with your neighbors.

It's a good item to trade or use as a gift.

It helps promote human reproduction.

IT'S NOT ABOUT GETTING "DRUNK". But it can be nice to have that option when it's time to celebrate.

Last Edited by simultaneous_final on 02/22/2013 12:54 PM
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Re: Easy Homebrew for When the SHTF or During Hard Times
what is the percentage of alcohol?
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Materials:

5 gal bucket
Towel
String

Ingredients:

1 can of malt syrup
1 5 lb bag of sugar
3 packets of yeast
5 gallons of warm water

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Materials:

5 gal bucket
Towel
String

Ingredients:

1 can of malt syrup
1 5 lb bag of sugar
3 packets of yeast
5 gallons of warm water

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This recipe is for hard times and year-round production. All the ingredients are easy to store for long periods.
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If your still worried about getting alcoholic drinks things are not that bad yet. When things get really bad all you will concern yourself with is how much food you can grow.
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what is the percentage of alcohol?
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about 6% but it varies. More sugar equals more for the yeast to "eat" and thus more alcohol as a result.
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If your still worried about getting alcoholic drinks things are not that bad yet. When things get really bad all you will concern yourself with is how much food you can grow.
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Beer is nutritious and a source of clean drinking. Plus, it certainly doesn't hurt morale to have a beer after working hard all day. Plus it gives you something to trade or to share with your neighbors.
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If your still worried about getting alcoholic drinks things are not that bad yet. When things get really bad all you will concern yourself with is how much food you can grow.
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Beer is nutritious and a source of clean drinking. Plus, it certainly doesn't hurt morale to have a beer after working hard all day. Plus it gives you something to trade or to share with your neighbors.
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thanks for sharing your family recipe .

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If your still worried about getting alcoholic drinks things are not that bad yet. When things get really bad all you will concern yourself with is how much food you can grow.
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When things get bad, alcohol will be considered currency. So will food. Bartering will once again become the trade system. Value will be determined based upon need.

It really is a beautiful system and makes much more sense.
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thanks!cheers
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I can't imagine this not tasting bad, especially post shtf.

I brew pretty often, but without good water and sanitizer and some hops I think it'd be pretty infected. Still drinkable, but just not good.


I think I may try this just to try it though. I can get malt extract, but I don't think/know if its the same thing...

anyway, 5* for brewing related.
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5 *'s for you! I added it to my "Prairie Life" folder. hf
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thanks for posting this

what could be used besides malt syrup?

what other things would you suggest to add for additional flavor that won't corrupt the process?
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I recommend to go ahead and make a batch for practice. All the ingredients are cheap as hell and can be found in any supermarket.

If you can work out the kinks now, you'll have a better product later when it could be valuable to you and your neighbors.

It's not a labor-intensive process. The biggest part of it is just waiting.

Plus, it gives the weaker people something valuable to do in a SHTF situation. Not everyone can break their backs all day. You still want them to have something valuable to show for their time.
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Don't forget to sterilise your equipment.
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Re: Easy Homebrew for When the SHTF or During Hard Times
Materials:

5 gal bucket
Towel
String

Ingredients:

1 can of malt syrup
1 5 lb bag of sugar
3 packets of yeast
5 gallons of warm water

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you knock that off!

I'd love to get my facts straight, but my understanding is that the law was part of acquiring Bavaria and the royal court brewed wheat beer during war. Amirite??
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if i wanted to drink when shtf i would do like follows:

ingredients: Apples


squeeze them out and wait.


end of story.
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5 *'s for you! I added it to my "Prairie Life" folder. hf
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can you link to your folder for us? would love to read it.
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I can't imagine this not tasting bad, especially post shtf.

I brew pretty often, but without good water and sanitizer and some hops I think it'd be pretty infected. Still drinkable, but just not good.


I think I may try this just to try it though. I can get malt extract, but I don't think/know if its the same thing...

anyway, 5* for brewing related.
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Blue Ribbon malt syrup is what I use.

The taste isn't bad, man. It's not great though. Like I said, it reminds me of Old Milwaukee. I realize that it won't impress an experienced brewer like you but it's a good recipe because all the ingredients can be stored indefinitely.

And when the SHTF, even Old Milwaukee will taste pretty good. LOL.
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That "beer" would inevitably get inoculated by wild yeast if not in a sealed container. I own a homebrew shop and work in a brewery FYI

Also, to further the point - with no boil, you haven't sterilized the ingredients (which is more cause for concern about wild inoculation).

Wild yeast aren't bad, but you'd produce a sour beer not to mention oxidized (because again, it's not in a sealed container).

This is as complex as a subject as you can imagine. I applaud you and your family for ingenuity and being a part of keeping the homebrew culture alive.

Prost!

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if i wanted to drink when shtf i would do like follows:

ingredients: Apples


squeeze them out and wait.


end of story.
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True. But that's a summertime-only option. This homebrew recipe gives you a decent product anytime from easily stored "dry" ingredients.
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i could never wait that long. it would get knocked over or something...
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That "beer" would inevitably get inoculated by wild yeast if not in a sealed container. I own a homebrew shop and work in a brewery FYI

Also, to further the point - with no boil, you haven't sterilized the ingredients (which is more cause for concern about wild inoculation).

Wild yeast aren't bad, but you'd produce a sour beer not to mention oxidized (because again, it's not in a sealed container).

This is as complex as a subject as you can imagine. I applaud you and your family for ingenuity and being a part of keeping the homebrew culture alive.

Prost!

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I'm glad you mentioned the wild yeast. That certainly would vary the quality depending of where you live. I've never had a problem with it here in WV (yet) but one never knows. I do know that we have a lot of wild yeast around here because some of the old-timers here don't buy their yeast--they collect it on a potato that's cut in half and placed somewhere warm. They use this yeast for bread.
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i could never wait that long. it would get knocked over or something...
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Put it somewhere out of the way. It's that simple. Wherever you put it will smell like beer/bread so you'll want it out of the way anyhow.

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5 *'s for you! I added it to my "Prairie Life" folder. hf
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can you link to your folder for us? would love to read it.
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Its a folder of things I've collected over the last few years on my computer. Most everything is printed out now and in 3 ring binders. But, I'd be glad to share links. Its various recipes for homemade cleaning products, hygiene products, pet needs, medicinal herbs, etc. We tried to think of all the various things that you just run to the store to buy now, but won't be able to when the SHTF.
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5 *'s for you! I added it to my "Prairie Life" folder. hf
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can you link to your folder for us? would love to read it.
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Its a folder of things I've collected over the last few years on my computer. Most everything is printed out now and in 3 ring binders. But, I'd be glad to share links. Its various recipes for homemade cleaning products, hygiene products, pet needs, medicinal herbs, etc. We tried to think of all the various things that you just run to the store to buy now, but won't be able to when the SHTF.
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You should start your own thread. In know I would follow it.
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Re: Easy Homebrew for When the SHTF or During Hard Times
thanks for posting this

what could be used besides malt syrup?

what other things would you suggest to add for additional flavor that won't corrupt the process?
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To be honest, I don't know what could be used in lieu of malt syrup. I'm not really an experienced Brewer in general. I just have this one simple recipe that has worked well for me.

The malt syrup is easy to find though. Blue Ribbon brand is what I get.

As far as other additional flavorings go, I'm sure some hops would be good. Really, the potential flavorings are only limited by your imagination.
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5 *'s for you! I added it to my "Prairie Life" folder. hf
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can you link to your folder for us? would love to read it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34185842


Its a folder of things I've collected over the last few years on my computer. Most everything is printed out now and in 3 ring binders. But, I'd be glad to share links. Its various recipes for homemade cleaning products, hygiene products, pet needs, medicinal herbs, etc. We tried to think of all the various things that you just run to the store to buy now, but won't be able to when the SHTF.
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You should start your own thread. In know I would follow it.
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I'll be sure to get it up later today- right now, work is calling.
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