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fishnfever 06-12-2008 11:36 PM

Premier malt extract
I purchased this 2.2 lbs can of premier malt extract natural hop flavored extract at a local super market. My grandfather said he made it way back in the day and it was good.

Directions are

empty the contents of the can and 2
lbs of granulated sugar or corn syrup in to the fermenting bucket Boil 1/2 gallon of water , allow to cool slightly and stir in the malt extract/sugar. Then top off with cold water. makes 5 gallons.

What do you think?

A4J 06-12-2008 11:46 PM

You'll be able to make beer with that. It will be drinkable, but it probably won't be the best beer you'll ever taste

EvilTOJ 06-13-2008 10:08 AM

That sounds worse than the no boil kits that are on the market right now. They used to have kits like that back in the day during and just after Prohibition. If you are going to make this, skip the sugar and buy a second can for more fermentables. 50% table sugar is going to not taste very good, all malt is better.

cuinrearview 06-13-2008 09:46 PM

I'd make it just as described, maybe have gramps over to supervise and tell prohibition stories. When it's finished, have another BS session.

This was a scary time in our country, one that shaped the way we make beer to this day. Embrace it! I wish my grandfather was still around to share stuff like this with.

Tenchiro 06-13-2008 09:49 PM

Sounds like an interesting thing to do, simply for learning a bit about some Americana. It would be interesting to have a competion to see who could make the best beer from one of these though.

FatDuc 06-13-2008 10:17 PM

Is there any indication of the IBU on the can for a batch as done per the instructions?

Just for curiosity, I'd be curious about doing a Prohibition IPA, with 3 cans topped off to 5 gals. Nah, it'd probably be pretty bad.

If you're going to use this LME I'd see about getting a couple pounds of Light Dried Malt Extract instead of the sugar. Of course it might be fun to just do it per the directions and share it with your grandfather.

HOOTER 06-13-2008 10:35 PM

I'd say either do it per instructions or don't do it at all. If you start adding things like DME then you might as well dump it altogether and do a normal extract recipe. It'll be a fun, cheap, and easy experiment, and if it turns out nasty then no loss.

Tenchiro 06-13-2008 10:47 PM


Looks like they have quite a few products. They list the Gravity and IBU's but not anything specific about the ingredients.

Which one did you get?

Sgt. Major 06-14-2008 07:30 AM

Itried it.
Newbie here! I just sampled my first bottle from my first attempt at home brewing. I used what sounds like the exact thing you have, the Premier malt extract. I varied the recipie a little. I only used 4.5 gallons of water. The result is a dark amber beer, creamy head, very high alcohol content, but with a pleasant taste. The taste reminds me of Heinekin in a way. It is quick and easy (like I said, this is my first try), but the beer is a little cloudy. Most likely, that's a screw up on my part. Now, I'm not sure on the specifics that some of you guys who are more experienced want to know. But as a picky beer drinker, I'm not disappointed at all.
Sgt. Major

Warped04 06-14-2008 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by Sgt. Major (Post 713320)
Newbie here! I just sampled my first bottle from my first attempt at home brewing ... but the beer is a little cloudy. Most likely, that's a screw up on my part.

Congrats. Glad you enjoyed it. You can add a "clarifier" like Irish Moss that may help with clearing your beer.

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