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Old 04-29-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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My kids love to help me bottling.
Unfortunately, they also love the taste of beer.
Has anyone brewed any super low alcohol beer??
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I was planning to initiate the yeast in a sugar/water mix, add this to the tin of goo and 23 litres of water, and then immediately bottle as per a normal brew.
Will this work and give a drinkable super low alcohol beer??

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:42 PM   #2
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Two things- if it doesn't ferment out, the "beer" will be very sweet since the sugars will be present. Second, if you don't chill all of the bottles as soon as they are carbed up, you'll have bottle bombs.

I make soda, so it'd be very similar. I mix up the soda to taste the way I want, then add the yeast. I bottle in plastic bottles and let the soda sit out until the bottles are hard to the touch and then stick them in the fridge. I guess you're talking about the same principle so it would work the same way, I'd think.

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It wouldn't be beer, but malted beverages of this type were extremely popular pre-WW1.

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You could try a technique for making non-alcoholic beer. I've never tried it, but from what I've read, you make the beer the way you normally would, and then you "cook" the alcohol out of the beer by heating it to a specific temp range and holding it there for a period of time. Like I said, I've never tried it and I don't know all of the specifics, but you could probably do a search on the technique. Although, I would also agree with Yooper, you could just try making root beer. There are lots of recipes out there, and the only thing you need beyond the equipment you already have is plastic bottles and twist off caps.

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I seem to remember reading about "kinder bier", a kid's beer in Germany. I don't remember anything else but that might be worth a search.

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My kids love to help me bottling.
Unfortunately, they also love the taste of beer.
Has anyone brewed any super low alcohol beer??
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I was planning to initiate the yeast in a sugar/water mix, add this to the tin of goo and 23 litres of water, and then immediately bottle as per a normal brew.
Will this work and give a drinkable super low alcohol beer??
this is the recipe from my first brew ever:

1 3.3 lb can of LME
1 oz fuggles hops

i didnt have a hydro back then so im not sure about alc% exactly but i would guess 1.5%. it did not taste well, very dry. some lactose could help, but it is not a recipe i care to go back and try to improve upon
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You could try a technique for making non-alcoholic beer. I've never tried it, but from what I've read, you make the beer the way you normally would, and then you "cook" the alcohol out of the beer by heating it to a specific temp range and holding it there for a period of time. Like I said, I've never tried it and I don't know all of the specifics, but you could probably do a search on the technique. Although, I would also agree with Yooper, you could just try making root beer. There are lots of recipes out there, and the only thing you need beyond the equipment you already have is plastic bottles and twist off caps.


I agree with cooking the alcohol out. You could try this after fermentation after you actually have alcohol in your brew. Just put it in a pot and try to maintain the temp at about 175 (boiling point of EtOH is 173.1 F).

My only concern here would be that you could also cook out some of the more volatile flavor compounds in beer. But hey, this could be a fantastic idea.
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Six responses and no one bashing you for wanting to give your kids beer! Love this forum

Not sure how old they are, but would they not suffice with the occasional sip? That's all I got when I was young, but I also hated beer because my dad didn't drink the good stuff back then.

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I was told by a German guy that they cut beers with sprite, for kids.

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I was told by a German guy that they cut beers with sprite, for kids.
When I was in my teens a friend of mine's dad would cut his with ginger ale and it wasn't bad.
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