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Old 05-11-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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from PopSci: A pint that fits in your pocket

don't see how it's possible to RE-ferment without adding any sugar back into it, but I'm wondering what you SCIENCE! guys think of it
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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I don't buy that part either.

One could certainly make beer, remove the alcohol and water, separate them, soak hops in the alcohol and add it back to the concentrated residue from the vacuum distillation and put that in a bottle for sale. If you added selzer water to that you'd have a fizzy, hopped malt beverage but I can't imagine it would taste very much like beer.

A few other questions come to mind:

If it is a 10:1 concentration it would have to be about 100 proof. What does the TTB have to say about that?

Where does one get selzer water in the woods (CO2 cartriges perhaps?)

How does one get it cold (mountain streams maybe?)

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, I remember thinking the same thing when my buddy showed me that issue a little while ago. Seems like nothing but clever marketing.

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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because they'll also sell you a pocket carbonator!
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #5
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If you read closely they say that they add the syrup in place of the water so they are starting over so more malt and more yeast( which would have been destroyed when distilled)
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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I cant get my head around it! But than again I have yet to figure out how Icehouse brews "ice brewed below freezing" are the brewers working in a freezer while they boil wort? or do they have a brewery under a frozen lake?
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:10 PM   #7
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Seems like you could just skip all that and use Samichlaus.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:50 PM   #8
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I remember reading this a while ago. Honestly if you're THAT desperate for a beer on a backcountry hike just pack some in, beer is water, or if you just wanna drink do the smart thing and pack in a BPA-free container full of rum, vodka, whiskey etc.(or a couple plastic pints, if you're feelin classy. Small, lightweight, easy to find places to stash them in your pack). Then you have a multi-purpose beverage e.g. sterilizing wounds/first aid supplies in an emergency. It seems like it would be even more of a PITA to pack in that weird little bottle, cups or glasses, and the concentrate. Or just drink the syrup I guess, though it'd probably be pretty vile either way. Can't say I've had cold water on anything more than a day hike or camping trip which involves less hiking and more sittin around a fire gettin tanked.

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:01 AM   #9
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I get it.
Step 1: water & malt, ferment, distill
Step 2: syrup & malt, ferment, distill
Step 3: syrup & malt, ferment, distill
Step 4: syrup & malt, ferment, distill
Step 5: distillate + syrup + hop tea go into a pouch
Step 6: add carbonated water

Either way, your packing beer or carbonated water. I don't get what is being saved.

Oh, and that just sounds like a nasty-ass concoction.
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:20 AM   #10
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I call Bull Shot!!!!! Pop Sci must have been hard up for a column that month...

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