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Old 11-10-2008, 08:37 PM   #1
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I got this email from my father today.

so I just got permission to make beer on the Ice, no bottling though, so it'll be a still beer...and the extract, hops and yeast has to come from NZ... am waiting for an answer from a homebrew place on what to do...

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'the Ice' refers to Antarctica. He will be there for 3 months as part of a ice core drilling mission.


So-- he's got to buy his stuff in NZ (Christchurch is where they fly to the Ice from) because of import restrictions but he's going to give it a shot.


He's thinking that with the challenges he'll face already he'll have to go extract and a liquid yeast if he can get it.

any ideas?
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Not much help I know but, I seem to recall a BYO article about this very same thing. Brewer had to get things special ordered from New Zealand. Seem to recall the writer had issues with bottling too.

I'll try looking through my collection and report back if I find the article.

Wouldn't that be a HOOT if your father is posted at the very same station the article was written about.

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Old 11-10-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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I got this email from my father today.
so I just got permission to make beer on the Ice, no bottling though, so it'll be a still beer...and the extract, hops and yeast has to come from NZ... am waiting for an answer from a homebrew place on what to do...

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'the Ice' refers to Antarctica. He will be there for 3 months as part of a ice core drilling mission.


So-- he's got to buy his stuff in NZ (Christchurch is where they fly to the Ice from) because of import restrictions but he's going to give it a shot.


He's thinking that with the challenges he'll face already he'll have to go extract and a liquid yeast if he can get it.

any ideas?
Wouldn't dry yeast be much easier to ship and deal with?
I think extract would be much easier and require less equipment.
A partial boil would require a smaller pot and use less fuel.
Sounds like a interesting experience.

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Old 11-10-2008, 08:57 PM   #4
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I don't know all the in and outs of importing, but could he in theory have an empty corny shipped to him via NZ and have someone pack it with the bagged ingredients, and some disconnects and a picnic tap. It would serve as a pretty sturdy shipping container and have the added benefit of being able to carb (assuming they have CO2 there.) Almost like a brewing time capsule kit.

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Old 11-10-2008, 08:57 PM   #5
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so...he's brewing a lager, right?

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Old 11-10-2008, 08:58 PM   #6
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so...he's brewing a lager, right?
Nah, I think a saison is more appropriate.
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Just a thought...while its not beer, I'd imagine it would be easy for him to get the right equipment and ingredients to make apfelwein - can serve it still so don't have to worry about carbing it.

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what are the exact logistical problems? I know dudes that live in Siberia who make beer and wine.

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Well-- he's not allowed to bring foodstuffs (like live yeast) with him from the States to NZ. All the foodstuffs have to be locally sourced in NZ apparently. His biggest issue is:

weight limit


This is why he can't arrange for a keg/fittings and many of the things he's going to be using to make the beer will be things that are already on the Ice.

hard cider is definitely an option and some of the foodstuffs that are in that are probably things he doesn't have to ship in as part of his weight limit since they are legitimate foodstuffs (apple juice and brown sugar especially).

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Old 11-11-2008, 01:30 AM   #10
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I thought this thread was going to be about the strangest place we've ever brewed beer.
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