Originally Posted by rcbrew
Thanks for the info........now taking this a step further.........can you take an existing recipe and reduce the alcohol content and still come up with a decent tasting brew? I have a family member that is on medication that cannot handle alcohol but still enjoys the taste of a good brew?
You can make non-alcholic beer at home (and by "non-alcoholic", I mean that it will contain less that 0.5% abv, just like most commercial non-alcoholic beers contain).
What you need to to is ferment the whole thing as normal. When it is done, you put it back into a kettle and heat it up to boiling. All of the alcohol will evaporate by doing this and you are left with 0% ABV beer.
Then, you make up your priming sugar solution and and put that (along with some fresh yeast) into the cooled non-alcoholic beer, stir it up, and bottle it.
The yeast will eat the priming sugar and carbonate the beer, and this should produce less than 0.5% ABV in the final product.