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Old 12-28-2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Over the last couple of weeks I have talked to folks my age who helped their dads, uncles and even grandads make beer when they were kids.

They all talk about using a lightbulb under a 40 gallon ceramic kettle and opening cans of Blue Ribbon. I'm assuming they used pre hopped Blue Ribbon malt extract and just needed to heat the stuff up enough to get it to mix with water then add yeast. They also mention bottling by putting a teaspoon of cane sugar in each bottle and helping to cap.

I have the bottling part figured out, but I'm unsure of the brewing part. Has anybody brewed this way?

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Old 12-28-2008, 12:50 AM   #2
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It's really similar to the Mr Beer system, minus the gnarly brown plastic fermenter. You are adding pre-hopped mix to some water and going for it. They might not even be heating this up at all.

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yeah theres a few discussion on the pre-prohibition style of homebrewing on here.

There's even a podcast about it on Basic Brewing.

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February 14, 2008 - Homebrew History
Charlie Papazian shares a bit of homebrew history 30 years after legislation legalizing home brewing passed Congress. Also, home brewer Robb Holmes talks about brewing when it was breaking the law.

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That's kinda what I figured..

Hey, McBrew... I see you're a somewhat local guy. I never realy noticed many WA folks on this board. Are there more?

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Over the last couple of weeks I have talked to folks my age who helped their dads, uncles and even grandads make beer when they were kids.

I have the bottling part figured out, but I'm unsure of the brewing part. Has anybody brewed this way?

My Dad made beer like that in the 1950s and my first few brews 37 years ago were similar. If you are curious the beer is godawful by modern standards. I hope you are just curious and aren't planning to try it.
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I hope you are just curious and aren't planning to try it.

Oh hell no....

I'm just very interested in the history of beer making in general.
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I just remember my dad making beer in the 80's. The store he got his supplies from had about 5 different types of canned extract. With such amazingly descriptive names as "light beer" and "dark beer" and that was it. Love the selection I have now! Shame my dad had to go on the wagon or he'd enjoy the hobby now.

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I just remember my dad making beer in the 80's. The store he got his supplies from had about 5 different types of canned extract. With such amazingly descriptive names as "light beer" and "dark beer" and that was it. Love the selection I have now! Shame my dad had to go on the wagon or he'd enjoy the hobby now.

WOW... Another Washingtonian....
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My dad never brewed, he likes Lagers and Commercial Swill... We went to many breweries in Europe though when I was a kid. I just wish I had taken notes...

Yup another WA resident.

Now who has a "Mack and Jack" clone recipe for me?? =)

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That's kinda what I figured..

Hey, McBrew... I see you're a somewhat local guy. I never realy noticed many WA folks on this board. Are there more?
Quite a few. Check out the PNW brewers for more HomeBrewTalk Groups - Pacific Northwest Brewers.
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