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Old 12-16-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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My dad loves my homebrew but has recently started taking medication where he can't drink alcohol. Has anyone ever done a non alcoholic homebrew.

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Old 12-16-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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I wondered if you have found out any more information for brewing non alcoholic beer. The infor I have found in the past few days suggest a high water to malt ratio in conjunction with a good dose of unfermentables(for body) and a low attenuating yeast. After fermentation heat by stove top or oven to 174 degrees F for 30 minutes to burn off alcohol.
I am a bit stumped on bottle conditioning as to how much yeast and surgar use as I believe cooking the beer will kill the yeast in the beer. If you are kegging you can force CO2 and let it condition.

I will be experimenting on a 1 gallon batch of all grain stout this week end.

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To bottle condition after heating, you'll have to add yeast (a cheap dry yeast like Munton's is fine) and prime normally. You will end up under 0.5% ABV and close to 0.25% if you do everything right.

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
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It is funny I have a few 12 stepper friends. they dont even drink the NA beer because of the small amount of booze in it. they even dont drink anything naturally carbonated.

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:50 PM   #6
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It is funny I have a few 12 stepper friends. they dont even drink the NA beer because of the small amount of booze in it. they even dont drink anything naturally carbonated.
Then they might want to stay away from well-ripened bananas!
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I have never had luck bottle conditioning N/A beer. I've taken an entire packet of nottingham, rehydrated, and mixed in at priming time. Carbonation was spotty at best. I wouldn't recommend it until you can force-carb. That, and when you naturally carb, the priming adds a little bit of alcohol back in, so...if it's a zero-tolerance thing, it's not ideal. I have a batch of boston ale on tap for the pregnant wife right now, she loves it. The key was a post-dealcoholization hop tea in a french press . Boiling out the alcohol also tends to boil out much of the hop flavor and aroma.

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No ABV.....what's the use? Drink water

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No ABV.....what's the use? Drink water
Oh, yes, how awesome you are for positing such an awesome assertion You even added the "rockin" emoticon. Man, you are HARD CORE, dude. Whooo, yay booze!

First off, my dad's been sober for 20+ years, but he still likes the taste of beer. Why don't you go ask him "what's the use"?

Secondly, my wife has a fetus in her belly the size of an avocado right now, but she loves the taste of beer. Why don't you go ask her "what's the use"?

Here's the thing: not everyone is a drunk-ass college kid, and getting blasted is not always the primary goal. So perhaps, next time you think about posting such nonsense, you should think again.
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Owwww, while Evan put it a bit harsher than me, Im going to have to agree with him.

Homebrewing - Whats the point? Drink store bought beer - its cheaper and quicker and half the challenge!

I would honestly have to say that if I was in this hobby for the alcohol value alone then I wouldnt be here long. Creating a craft beer vs a crap beer is what its about. If I wanted plain ol ABV then I would buy a 12 pack of Natty Light, or some PBR, or even take a shot of formaldehyde.

As much as I hate to say it, I actually dumped a higher ABV concoction that I made because it got me torn beyond recognition with little enjoyment of it inbetween. To me, thats not the point of homebrewing. The buzz provided by the alcohol compliments the buzz of satisfaction from the enjoyment of my craft.
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