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Easy Homebrew for When the SHTF or During Hard Times

 
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Re: 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.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final


Unless a 5 gallon buckets holds more than 5 gallons, this is a recipe for a mess! use a bigger bucket or less ingredients I guess. Maybe get 2 of the 5 gallon buckets to divide the mixture into.
 Quoting: KindaDistorted


This is the first thing that occurred to me: how does one get 5 g.'s into a 5 g. bucket plus additional ingredients?
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i've tried making wine cider before. it never came out to anything i'd drink!!! lol

oh well maybe try again one day.
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Did you use those packets of mix for 'red' and 'white' wine, just add sugar? I have some of those things in my fridge, Keep on meaning to try and make some 'red' wine,one of these days.
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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.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final


EXACTLY.

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The Pilgrims landed to make beer..
They were not going any further until they had it.
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i've tried making wine cider before. it never came out to anything i'd drink!!! lol

oh well maybe try again one day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34503096


Did you use those packets of mix for 'red' and 'white' wine, just add sugar? I have some of those things in my fridge, Keep on meaning to try and make some 'red' wine,one of these days.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30569415


i made them with grape juice/apple juice etc.

they just didn't turn out where i would drink them.

i went to the store and bought my regular wine. lol
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i could never wait that long. it would get knocked over or something...
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This.
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Re: 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.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final


Not to threadcrap or anything, but how is this safe to drink? You don't appear to be boiling the water, I would think the possibility for contamination from bacteria is rather high.. and that can be quite harmful.
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02/22/2013 11:45 AM
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Can you make alcohol without brewers yeast? I mean TSHTF and you scored some sugar. What can you do with it?
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LoL, ya, go ahead and get drunk, and be completly worthless to yourself and families survival.

I am so glad I don't drink or do drugs, that way I can easily take your shit when the time comes. Survival of the fittest, and being drunk is about the stupidest thing to do in a SHTF scenario. Be warned.
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I can smell the moonshine reggae LOL
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Fetch me a Flagen of mead wench
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Mead (honey wine) isn't any harder to make than beer. It just takes a lot of honey.
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Fetch me a Flagen of mead wench
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34185842


Mead (honey wine) isn't any harder to make than beer. It just takes a lot of honey.
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


takes a longer time to ferment too, don't it?
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The Pilgrims landed to make beer..
They were not going any further until they had it.
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My ancestors landed in Canada in the early 1600s and immediately started brewing beer. I guess that means that my taste for beer comes naturally.
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Fetch me a Flagen of mead wench
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34185842


Mead (honey wine) isn't any harder to make than beer. It just takes a lot of honey.
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


takes a longer time to ferment too, don't it?
 Quoting: hapless moran


Yeah, but the work part of it is done on day one, except bottling.

Last Edited by Epic Beard Guy on 02/22/2013 11:59 AM
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LoL, ya, go ahead and get drunk, and be completly worthless to yourself and families survival.

I am so glad I don't drink or do drugs, that way I can easily take your shit when the time comes. Survival of the fittest, and being drunk is about the stupidest thing to do in a SHTF scenario. Be warned.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32915728


Lighten up Francis! You weren't invited anyway.
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LoL, ya, go ahead and get drunk, and be completly worthless to yourself and families survival.

I am so glad I don't drink or do drugs, that way I can easily take your shit when the time comes. Survival of the fittest, and being drunk is about the stupidest thing to do in a SHTF scenario. Be warned.
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You're a fucking retard if you think drinking a pint of beer makes you "drunk". LOL. Fall into a deep hole, shitstain.
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Can you make alcohol without brewers yeast? I mean TSHTF and you scored some sugar. What can you do with it?
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harvest wild yeast. I already posted the method that old-timers use around here. I'm sure you could find better methods on the web.
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Throw in some home grown hops and a pound of local honey and you have some tasty DIY beverages. Yep...
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The Pilgrims landed to make beer..
They were not going any further until they had it.
 Quoting: Waterbug


My ancestors landed in Canada in the early 1600s and immediately started brewing beer. I guess that means that my taste for beer comes naturally.
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


My direct ancestor is John Howland, signer of the Mayflower Compact. Had to have the beer.
I'm partial to Hacker-Pschorr hefeweizen, personally.. but any beer in a pinch.

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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.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final


Watch the Moonshiners series, just sayin 173deg seems to be pretty important number. In theory a gallon of 160 proof can make a lot of cans of 'sorta pop' @ any % you want. 1.5% in a 6 pak if you are going for a 6 hour drive. Leave 'legally sober' drink the same flavor the whole way and arrive 'legally sober'. Add $0.99 and you get a coco leaf in one of the 6, $4.99 extra for all 6 having a leaf each. That is the 'Alberta Alerter' add-on, legal in all 61 States and tax deductible for professional drivers.

I'm pretty sure some DYI person could embed a hotplate coil to the bottom of a proper container and just plug it in after it has the mash (or whatever had the raw alcohol) dial it up to that temp and have the catch container all happen in a closed system. Anything that could be fermented could be added to the mash and I assume the by product makes good garden fertilizer.

Last Edited by MHz on 02/22/2013 12:12 PM
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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.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final


Not to threadcrap or anything, but how is this safe to drink? You don't appear to be boiling the water, I would think the possibility for contamination from bacteria is rather high.. and that can be quite harmful.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7159688


Yeah, it's safe to drink. Just start with clean well water. Or you could boil it. Starting with clean water is a given.

This recipe finishes up at about 6% ethyl or higher so it'll keep bacteria from growing.
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LoL, ya, go ahead and get drunk, and be completly worthless to yourself and families survival.

I am so glad I don't drink or do drugs, that way I can easily take your shit when the time comes. Survival of the fittest, and being drunk is about the stupidest thing to do in a SHTF scenario. Be warned.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32915728


You're a fucking retard if you think drinking a pint of beer makes you "drunk". LOL. Fall into a deep hole, shitstain.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final

Drink 2 and sell 10, that is taking care of your family.
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LoL, ya, go ahead and get drunk, and be completly worthless to yourself and families survival.

I am so glad I don't drink or do drugs, that way I can easily take your shit when the time comes. Survival of the fittest, and being drunk is about the stupidest thing to do in a SHTF scenario. Be warned.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32915728


so you're a sober fucking thief. congratulations asshole.

maybe you should start drinking.
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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.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final


Watch the Moonshiners series, just sayin 173deg seems to be pretty important number. In theory a gallon of 160 proof can make a lot of cans of 'sorta pop' @ any % you want. 1.5% in a 6 pak if you are going for a 6 hour drive. Leave 'legally sober' drink the same flavor the whole way and arrive 'legally sober'. Add $0.99 and you get a coco leaf in one of the 6, $4.99 extra for all 6 having a leaf each. That is the 'Alberta Alerter' add-on, legal in all 61 States and tax deductible for professional drivers.

I'm pretty sure some DYI person could embed a hotplate coil to the bottom of a proper container and just plug it in after it has the mash (or whatever had the raw alcohol) dial it up to that temp and have the catch container all happen in a closed system. Anything that could be fermented could be added to the mash and I assume the by product makes good garden fertilizer.
 Quoting: MHz


This is a recipe for beer (technically "malt liquor"), not hooch. That's a different story altogether.
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Throw in some home grown hops and a pound of local honey and you have some tasty DIY beverages. Yep...
 Quoting: LonghairKing


Hell yeah. You can add whatever you want for flavor.

This recipe is just a bare-bones homebrew that can be made from storeable "dry" ingredients.
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i could never wait that long. it would get knocked over or something...
 Quoting: chipg 34761096


This.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7736082


WTF? It's not hard to just set something aside for a while.
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Can you make alcohol without brewers yeast? I mean TSHTF and you scored some sugar. What can you do with it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34711581

I'm pretty sure the drunk elephants are just doing it on natural alcohol from fermenting fruit.
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Can you make alcohol without brewers yeast? I mean TSHTF and you scored some sugar. What can you do with it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34711581

I'm pretty sure the drunk elephants are just doing it on natural alcohol from fermenting fruit.
 Quoting: MHz


Wild yeast is carried on the legs of flies and bees.
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This is a recipe for beer (technically "malt liquor"), not hooch. That's a different story altogether.
 Quoting: simultaneous_final

Still, (pun intended) there might be a desire to jack that 6% up to 12% if it is an important game on TV and you have lots of the boys over. It would be a way to save something from a batch that you didn't care for the taste of for some reason that happened during the production.

Barley is the preferred base ingredient isn't it? What about rye, does it not make good beer?

Here's a question if you used Monsanto barley would making it into beer leave all the bad shit behind?
Would distilling it add any level to the purity of the product?
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WTF!?

Do you Morans actually think that there will be a cocktail hour when the SHTF!?

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