Brewing with... snow? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Brewing with... snow?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-10-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
evsjeep527
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Reading, PA
Posts: 38


So here's the question...

Is the water chemistry of rain water/snow okay for brewing beer?

With the 3rd blizzard/nor'easter/snowstorm of the PA winter, I thought why not commemorate this awesome winter with a beer made from the actual snow??

__________________
-Evan CEO, Evanbrau Brewing Co.

#1 Primary: Crazy Daisy's Hefeweizen
#2 Primary: Empty
Test Primary: 680 Spruce Beer
Secondary: Empty
Bottles: Batch #00001 Brown Ale
On Deck: California Common
Drinking: Troegs Nugget Nectar, Victory Moonglow Weizenbock and Dark Lager, and lots of miscellaneous Dogfish Head (World Wide Stout, Burton Baton, 120, Olde School, etc.)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
slowbie
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 641
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


I'd say go for it. It might not be your best ever, but it should certainly be drinkable. And the story would be great! Just make sure to try to get clean fresh snow and a lot of it. And I would avoid using snow for anything you don't boil if you're not doing a full boil.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:34 PM   #3
evsjeep527
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Reading, PA
Posts: 38

Quote:
Originally Posted by slowbie View Post
I'd say go for it. It might not be your best ever, but it should certainly be drinkable. And the story would be great! Just make sure to try to get clean fresh snow and a lot of it. And I would avoid using snow for anything you don't boil if you're not doing a full boil.
I'm not up to full boils yet, but I was planning on boiling the water that I added to my partial in the fermenter.
__________________
-Evan CEO, Evanbrau Brewing Co.

#1 Primary: Crazy Daisy's Hefeweizen
#2 Primary: Empty
Test Primary: 680 Spruce Beer
Secondary: Empty
Bottles: Batch #00001 Brown Ale
On Deck: California Common
Drinking: Troegs Nugget Nectar, Victory Moonglow Weizenbock and Dark Lager, and lots of miscellaneous Dogfish Head (World Wide Stout, Burton Baton, 120, Olde School, etc.)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:35 PM   #4
fretsforlife
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Floyd, VA
Posts: 299
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


This is a cool idea. I'd say melt a glass of it first and see if it tastes nasty or not.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:46 PM   #5
ChshreCat
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,533
Liked 542 Times on 434 Posts


I believe that snow and/or rain would be more like distilled water and wouldn't have the minerals you'd want for mashing. If you're doing extract, go for it! Just be careful where you collect it. Don't want anything bad in there i.e. collecting rain water from your roof. If you find a nice field of snow and get just the top layer, it could be fun to try. And if you find yellow snow, you're already halfway to making Budweiser!
__________________
"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

mpride1911 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:48 PM   #6
withak
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
San Francisco
Posts: 54

How many cubic yards of snow does it take to get 5 gallons of water? Also, it's been a while but doesn't snow usually taste a little funny?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:52 PM   #7
twst1up
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
west by god
Posts: 244
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


taste funny? just the yellow kind
__________________
you can take the boy outta New Jersey...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:52 PM   #8
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 51,449
Liked 3511 Times on 3325 Posts


Neat idea, melt some taste. Taste good? Yes? Proceed.
Melt anough for say a lb of 2 row, mash it and check gravity to see if conversion is good. Good?
BREW that true winter warmer
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:53 PM   #9
Reno_eNVy
 
Reno_eNVy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Reno, Nevada
Posts: 6,277
Liked 229 Times on 195 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by withak View Post
Also, it's been a while but doesn't snow usually taste a little funny?
Sure, when it's not white ^_^

Sounds like a great idea! I know there is a brewery in Japan that makes beer from icebergs that drift from the Arctic to the shores of Japan. But like chshrecat said, it won't have minerals essential for mashing... but extract is a-ok.

As far as the amount.... I dunno, try a square meter to start, let it melt, observe and go from there!
__________________
Primary: air and sadness =(

Kegged: air and sadness =(

Bottled: English Barleywine (brewed 9/26/09 -- bottled 5/5/10)


LET'S GO LA!
LA CAMPEONES!
PLAY FOR GLORY, THE GLORY LA!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 12:41 AM   #10
buffalobrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Mar 2009
Buffalo, NY
Posts: 987
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts


take your pot and use that for the area, and the depth of your pot when it has 5 gallons in it and multiply by 10 (normal snow pack, not compressed) for the depth. That will get you kind of close, but with the many different types of snow ymmv.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Snow! HomelessWook General Chit Chat 21 01-31-2010 09:30 PM
Snow Day!!!! KingBrianI General Chit Chat 13 01-21-2009 12:32 AM
Snow Day skeeordye11 General Beer Discussion 16 01-20-2009 09:20 PM
Anyone else getting snow? aekdbbop General Chit Chat 38 03-18-2008 02:16 PM
snow day tbulger Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 02-14-2007 10:45 PM


Forum Jump