beermaking is a skill for preppers

Beermaking is a skill for preppers
Learn how to brew beer in the name of survival!

"Work is work. Play is play. Beer is beer. Homebrew is the best." -
Charlie Papazian (Best selling author of the New Complete Joy of
Home Brewing and The Home Brewer's Companion The Essential
Handbook.

Beer makes you "hoppy"-- so learn how to make beer! Indeed
beermaking is a
prepper skill and an enjoyable pastime! Not only
will brewing your own beer save you money in the long run, but
also it could prove useful in bartering. Before you get started, be
sure to check local laws. While brew making for personal use is
legal in many states, it may not be legal in your area.  Get
started brewing beer...

Getting Started Beer Making:

Learn the art of brew making with this simple video from James
Reed.  The lesson is free and takes about a half an hour. There
are even quizzes! Enroll for free using your Facebook ID, then
enjoy the lesson:
  1. Introduction
  2. Water
  3. Sanitize
  4. Preparing grains
  5. Pitching grains
  6. Pitching malt
  7. Pitching hops
  8. Cooling Wort
  9. Fermentation
  10. Airlock

Take note and then bookmark this page to order what you need,
including:

#1: Propane cooker.

    Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Propane Cooker: The
    Bayou Classic SP10 High Pressure Outdoor Propane Cooker is
    reliable, easy-to-use and portable for your home brew. Use it
    also for the chili cook-off! The cooker features a solid, one-
    piece welded steel frame with three widespread legs, a
    broad 14-inch diameter cooking surface, and full windscreen
    protection for cooking on windy days. It also features a 48-
    inch stainless braided hose, a 10-psi regulator for high BTU
    output, and a brass valve for complete control of flame
    intensity.

#2: Stock Pot.  
An eight gallon stock pot is best for brewing about five gallons of
beer or wine so you don't have boil over. While an eight-gallon
stockpot is ideal to get your beer making supplies going, you can
easily get by using a five gallon stockpot. Normally you start by
boiling three gallons of wort. (Wort is what you boil, which
includes the malt extract, grain and hops. After you add your
ingredients and boil, you'll transfer this wort into a fermenter.
You may have two or three gallons of wort, and you add water to
make it five gallons.

    Eight-gallon beer brewing kettle stock pot with valve &
    thermometer. If you're serious about brew making, then
    you'll need to invest in a heavy-duty stainless steel kettle.
    The eight-gallon beer brewing kettle with valve and
    thermometer, pictured left, is thick, hearty, and ready to
    stand up to years of abuse. Kettle has two handles, a lid,
    and a re-enforced triple layer bottom. A 5mm aluminum plate
    between two 1.2mm stainless ones, provides for even heat
    distribution which can reduce the amount of scorching you
    may encounter, food-grade stainless steel is the only metal
    in contact with your wort.

#3: Ingredients.

Gather ingredients:
    5-10-lbs. crushed malted barley
    1-5-ounces of hops
    Package of yeast, and
    priming corn sugar

#4: Fermenter (primary fermentation).
Fermenter, which is an air tight, food-grade bucket with lid where
your beer will begin the fermentation process. Right is a 6.5
gallon fermenter from Midwest supplies. Beer stays in the bucket
for about a week and half (depending on the type of beer and the
temperature). Beer ferments higher if you live in a higher
temperature.

#5: Six gallon Glass Carboy (secondary fermentation).
This big glass bottle helps you reduce the amount of sediment
during the transfer from the primary fermentation. The reason for
the six gallon glass carboy is to get clearer beer (better tasting)
after you do your primary fermentation.

  • Bottles: Amber bottles are best for long term storage.

Beer Making kits
Before crafting beer from scratch, see first if you like this prepper
skill and hobby. The best way to get started is to get a kit. Below
are some good ones.

  • Mr. Beer (Home Craft Beer Kit): Sometimes you need a
    little help getting started in brew making. Let Mr. Beer show
    you how! With help from Mr. Beer Premium Brew Making Kit,
    at the top left of the page, you won't miss buying beer at
    the store! Your beer will be better and cheaper than the
    store bought kind. Also from Mr. Beer is starter kit, right
    includes a brewer's guide and instruction sheet supply and
    easy tutorials. This beer-making kit offers a fun way to brew
    4 gallons of all-malt beer at home. Includes a 2-gallon
    fermenter, 2 all-malt refills, and 8 reusable 1-liter bottles
    with labels and caps, 1 sugar measure, and 1 thermometer.
    For added fun, it also includes a Mr. Beer T-shirt, 2 pint
    glasses and a baseball cap.

  • Brooklyn BrewShop Kit. With the Brooklyn Brew shop
    beermaking kit, pictured at the top of the page, you can
    enjoy beer making in six easy steps:
    1. the mash (crush malted barley and soak in hot water for
    an hour)
    2. the sparge (drain liquid from the malt, add more hot water
    to extract fermentable sugars)
    3. the boil (boil wort for one or two hours, add hops
    throughout the boil)
    4. ferment ( cool wort and move into a primary fermenter,
    move wort to secondary fermenter for around two weeks)
    5. Bottle (transfer contents into bottles and allow beer to
    condition)
    6. Drink and share (if you're the sharing type)!

Resources for Beer making

  • The Home Brewer's Companion (the Essential
    Handbook), pictured immediate right, covers all the
    essentials of beer making and much more. Includes choosing
    and using ingredients (malt, fermentable adjuncts, hops,
    water and yeast); explains beer making process (boiling the
    wort, trub and hop removal, transferring extract and wort,
    cooling wort, fermentation, and carbonation); and covers
    beer making equipment (aerators, fermenters, bottling
    equipment, kegging and draft equipment, filtration and
    measuring devices). Includes beer recipes, plus evaluation
    and even cooking with beer! This book is the Happy Preppers
    favorite

  • Beer making recipes:

  • Make your own Beer bottle labels: Now that you're a master
    home brewer, why not orint a design of your own with beer
    label designs you customize? Find free beer collar labels and
    more at myownlabels.com.

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