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Old 04-05-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:45 AM   #2
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i'm starting with pearled barley in about a half gallon of water, boiled for an hour. then i add flour while boiling and mix it up. then i add amylase enzyme at about 150 degrees. then i bring it to room temperature. then i add wine yeast. then i add about 6 spoonfuls of confectioner sugar in warmed water. once everything comes to room temperature, i add a cup of yeast that has been activated in water mixed with 3 spoons of confectioner sugar.

it takes about 2 weeks to ferment. it doesn't come out strong enough. i'd like to end up with at least 7% alcohol. my intention is to accomplish this using the least costly materials.

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If you just want alcohol, table sugar is the cheapest. Just dump several cups in there. Now if you want something that is actually drinkable.... you are going to have to stop cutting corners and use real ingredients.

 
Old 04-05-2012, 05:17 AM   #3
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The most cost effective way is to buy Everclear and dilute it to 7% then mix it in something to make it drinkable...those ingredients won't work well with wine yeast.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:34 AM   #4
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Is this for a science fair project for school?
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:02 AM   #5
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i'm starting with pearled barley in about a half gallon of water, boiled for an hour. then i add flour while boiling and mix it up. then i add amylase enzyme at about 150 degrees. then i bring it to room temperature. then i add wine yeast. then i add about 6 spoonfuls of confectioner sugar in warmed water. once everything comes to room temperature, i add a cup of yeast that has been activated in water mixed with 3 spoons of confectioner sugar.

it takes about 2 weeks to ferment. it doesn't come out strong enough. i'd like to end up with at least 7% alcohol. my intention is to accomplish this using the least costly materials.

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Attempting to make beer from the least costly materials is going to equal crap in drink ability. The big brewers are going to be a godsend compared to the dropping sugar in and expecting anything remotely close to tasting good.

If you are going to do this your looking at about 1.5 ish pounds of sugar for a gallon. But seriously you might as well search the brew supply websites for kit beers an go that way. You can find some that equate to $25 a case for a 5 gallon batch which is about .50 a 12oz beer. An it's drinkable.

 
Old 04-05-2012, 06:21 AM   #6
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there are a lot of cheaper ways to get drunk than homebrewing.

 
Old 04-05-2012, 06:42 AM   #7
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Buy a 50 lb bag of 2 row barley, if you look around you can get it fairly cheap. Do some research, google BIAB. I can make 2 cases of a simple good ale or amber beer for around $10-$12. You can reuse your yeast, do the research. You can grow your own hops.

 
Old 04-05-2012, 07:13 AM   #8
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there are a lot of cheaper ways to get drunk than homebrewing.
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Buy a 50 lb bag of 2 row barley, if you look around you can get it fairly cheap. Do some research, google BIAB. I can make 2 cases of a simple good ale or amber beer for around $10-$12. You can reuse your yeast, do the research. You can grow your own hops.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:41 AM   #9
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Read the first post and am glad to see I wasnt the only one with a Tim Allen Sasquatch sound going in my head afterwords...
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:49 AM   #10
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What the?!?!?! Is that what you can sneak away from your moms pantry? Confectioners sugar? Stay out of your moms baking supplies.

 
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