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Old 12-02-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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Yes, i know, its a wierd title....

I was recently diagnoised as having Hemochromotosis. I like beer, i like the way it tastes. I really don't drink much hard liquor anymore either. Part for having what I have means no more drinking. I know that NA beers are comercially available but most of them either suck, or cost way to much (imports are like 7.99 a six pack) Is there a way to make your own NA beer?

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Yes, i know, its a wierd title....

I was recently diagnoised as having Hemochromotosis. I like beer, i like the way it tastes. I really don't drink much hard liquor anymore either. Part for having what I have means no more drinking. I know that NA beers are comercially available but most of them either suck, or cost way to much (imports are like 7.99 a six pack) Is there a way to make your own NA beer?

thanks!
You might be able to brew a normal batch then distill it to remove the alcohol. I have no idea what that would do to the flavor and is technically illegal though. Otherwise maybe brew a batch w/ 1/3rd less fermentables or more hops than normal to balance the sweetness and keg/force carb without using any yeast to ferment.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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i believe that the process evan! linked to is legal if you do what the article says and only what the article says.

it'd be difficult if not impossible to explain why i think this without running afoul of the site's terms of service so it's probably best that we all leave it at that. but if anybody disagrees, feel free to send me a private message. i certainly could be wrong.

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Old 12-02-2008, 04:38 PM   #5
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As it happens I have a batch fermenting, half of which will become NA for my brother-in-law following the process in the article Evan! linked to. I am considering modifying that process by using puney_the_youkel's French Coffee Press method to add back some hop aroma and flavor since some of that will be driven off in the process of removing the alcohol. For my purposes I'll use an ounce of my homegrown cascades in 2-3 cups of water for the half batch.

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You might be able to brew a normal batch then distill it to remove the alcohol. I have no idea what that would do to the flavor and is technically illegal though.
Distilling off the alcohol would only be illegal if you condensed and captured the distillate. If you're just boiling off the alcohol and letting it escape into the air, then you're fine. If you're trying to make a NA beer, then your product is what's left behind, not what's distilled off.
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Actually it's only distilling if you're capturing the evaporated alcohol and collecting it - otherwise it's just evaporation.

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True but letting all that alcohol vapor out into the open around a heat source has to be dangerous, without capturing it you would have to make sure you are well ventilated.

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Yes, i know, its a wierd title....

I was recently diagnoised as having Hemochromotosis. I like beer, i like the way it tastes. I really don't drink much hard liquor anymore either. Part for having what I have means no more drinking. I know that NA beers are comercially available but most of them either suck, or cost way to much (imports are like 7.99 a six pack) Is there a way to make your own NA beer?

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My FIL has that as well, I think. He believes he got it in 'Nam. He doesn't drink in excess, but usually has a beer or two most of the time we go out, or go work in the garage. I don't think his doctor has said anything about it. Not sure how bad it is yet though either.

That is one thing that cheeses me off about NA beer. It's made to taste like Miller Lite, and then they take out half the flavour! I'd be happy drinking a DECENT NA beer if I were to be DD for the night.

Hmm... NA IPA....
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See also, BierMuncher's thread on this topic...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/crea...my-beer-39433/

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