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Old 01-19-2010, 02:56 AM   #1
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I was watching a movie with my wife and kids tonight. It was Swiss Family Robinson. I thought about what it would be like to be marooned on an island. I didn't think about the supplies, food, shelter, or being rescued. I kept trying to figure out, "what would I have to scavenge for to be able to make some sort of primitive brew setup?"

I'm beginning to think I have a real problem.

 
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:58 AM   #2
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Problem???? No not at all... I would call you an innovator, a planner, a forward thinker.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:59 AM   #3
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I bet you could make alcohol out of coconut milk and whatever wild yeast is available. In fact...find a log and hollow it out. Crack a bunch of coconuts into it. Catch a fish and leave it on the beach for a day or so...skewer the fish on a stick and stir the milk around and let it sit for two weeks. Send the kids into the forest to play and **** your drunken wife on the beach.

 
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:44 PM   #4
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Sounds like a lot of work. I would just dig around until I found a case of DHARMA beer, personally.

 
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:17 PM   #5
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I too have thought of this. Of course there are certain essentials that must be dealt with prior to working on creating the beer (or other fermentable).

1. Fire for sanitizing water
2. Fresh water
3. Food Source
4. Shelter from elements
5. Latrine
6. Method and ingredients for making beer-like beverage
7. Method for effecting rescue

Well, fire ought to be easy. We've all seen Survivor or those survival shows enough to figure out how to rub two sticks together, or how to polish the bottom of a pop can to make a reflector for focusing the sun's light. Of course you'd need or want some fire for boiling the wort.

The water is essential for both survival and for making beer.

After that, the order of things really comes down to personal choice.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:15 PM   #6
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I grew up watching this movie, its a classic.

Having a mild alcoholic beverage would be beneficial for a lot of reasons besides just getting drunk, much like ale was important in the dark ages due to unsanitary water.

Brewing would definitely be one of many priorities on a deserted island.
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I think you're being a responsible adult looking out for your family's dietary needs. Remember back in the old days, beer was seen as food, even called "liquid bread," and you boiled, 'cause the water was bad. And of course you partigyled so that the kids would have a lo-acloholic safe to drink beverage made from the third runnings.

And you made a nice mid range session beer out of the second runnings for yourself, and give the really strong first runnings to wifey.

So you could then send the kids into the forest to play and **** your drunken wife on the beach.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:45 PM   #8
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Sounds like a lot of work. I would just dig around until I found a case of DHARMA beer, personally.
Or just stick to the heroin in the airplane.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:59 PM   #9
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Surely you could find the means to make some sort of distilling device as well..... but purely for distilling water and essential oils of course!
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:37 AM   #10
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HA....can you imagine a rescue team coming to save the day and you say, "I have to get this wort cooled to pitching temp and then I'll need to hang around until fermentation is complete. Come to think of it, why don't you guys come back in about six weeks. And bring some bottles!"


 
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