This amazing thread inspired my second post to the site and my second brew. This is my first attempt at a Grocer and Produce Alcoholic Beverage and also at washing yeast. I'm not really sure it could be called beer, but it will definitely have alcohol in it. I loosely based it on post #300, but with no grain it's probably going to turn out more like a bitter hard tea ( but really, where else could I get away with posting this recipe?).
64 oz of sun tea (Red Rose Brand, my personal favorite)
.5 oz Rosemary (dried) (for bitterness)
2 TBSP Cocoa Powder (for bitterness)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
Yeast washed from Munton's Bock Extract Kit. (probably generic ale yeast)
First I put 8 tea bags in 64 ounces of water and set it in the afternoon sun for a few hours. (I actually forgot about it until after dark, but it was cool outside.) I then boiled the brown sugar in about 1.5 cups of water and let that cool. Then I boiled the cocoa and rosemary together for around 5 minutes, and strained that into the tea jar. I got around three to four ounces of moderately bitter, very aromatic liquid. The rosemary actually overpowered any hint of cocoa. I then added my yeast slurry to the cooled sugar water mixture and let that get a jumpstart. I let that work for 30 minutes to an hour, and then added it to my tea/rosemary/cocoa mixture. The bubbles didn't start back within an hour, but was bubbling along finely this morning. I debated on adding more sugar, but ultimately decided against it.
I tasted this before I added the yeast, and it was like a decent herbal tea. If it turns out tasting like donkey ass, I'm only out a couple of bucks and I got a good lesson in yeast washing. If it is close to drinkable, next time I will use molasses instead of brown sugar. BTW, this site
is an excellent resource for GaP type beverages.