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hey bud I have one...a really good kit I was going to use to make some at the restaurant but they were emphatic on temperature for the actual fermentation process...

can you do it in the tropics on a boat and for example what tweaks would you do for the recipe?
Next to sanitation, fermentation temperature control is the most important technique a homebrewer must master. Without it, you are unlikely to produce anything worth drinking. Assuming you will be making an ale, they like to be fermented in the mid-high 60 range. And since the fermentation process is exothermic, the chamber the fermenter lives in will need to be somewhat cooler than that.
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hey bud I have one...a really good kit I was going to use to make some at the restaurant but they were emphatic on temperature for the actual fermentation process...

can you do it in the tropics on a boat and for example what tweaks would you do for the recipe?
Keeping a wet T-shirt over the fermenter can work wonders with evaporative cooling. Using ice in a small insulated chamber that the fermenter is in can also help.

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Re: How is boat beer made?

thanks a lot

here is a question too

my kit was also emphatic on stainless steel new boilers...can you sterilize used ones?


or use lined pots?

I cant afford buying new steel pots

my kit is a grain kit its actually a really good one with all sorts of flavourings, hops etc...I was going to do it to sell at the restaurant but I dont have the time to do it there with the kid and all...

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thanks a lot

here is a question too

my kit was also emphatic on stainless steel new boilers...can you sterilize used ones?


or use lined pots?

I cant afford buying new steel pots

my kit is a grain kit its actually a really good one with all sorts of flavourings, hops etc...I was going to do it to sell at the restaurant but I dont have the time to do it there with the kid and all...

thanks
You can do the boil in a stainless or aluminum pot. Doesn't have to be new. Doesn't even have to be sanitized. Just clean. However anything that touches the wort after the boil is complete must be sanitary.
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So basically, ginger beer is carbonated, watered down, ginger flavored moonshine?
You got a problem wit 'dat?

Also, as a former homebrewer, there is NO WAY that I would consider brewing beer on a sailboat... There is no room for the equipment, and washing/sterilizing the equipment after use (this is how you avoid funky flavors) would be virtually impossible.


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You got a problem wit 'dat?

Also, as a former homebrewer, there is NO WAY that I would consider brewing beer on a sailboat... There is no room for the equipment, and washing/sterilizing the equipment after use (this is how you avoid funky flavors) would be virtually impossible.
For years, I have been attempting to prove this myth wrong, and I think I have succeeded (in proving it to myself at least). I really should write it all up with pictures one day. It is do-able and a lot of the equipment, and even some of the procedures are unnecessary when you really want to pair things down. There are also fun things you can do on a boat, like chill the fermenter by floating it in the slip next to you.

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I found the ale's were able to withstand the heat while brewing in the tropics. No wonder the ships of old carried barrels of ale across the worlds oceans. India pale ale seems to bring back fond memories of beer brewed in Fiji, Vanuatu and while sailing up the Queensland coast. Beer kits available at most Woolworths. The ginger beer was good too. It only required a week or so in the bottles before being drinkable. So one batch of ginger beer and then one batch of beer. What a great way to cruise. Brewing our way through paradise. Sure made fixing the boat easier. Nobody and I mean nobody refused a home brew...Recently ran into a German friend of mine who enjoyed my libations a few years back, he was wondering it I still had a few homebrews he could enjoy.....


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Re: How is boat beer made?

good ales is what I got...might as well try

anybody insight with using used pots for boiling, is that a deal breaker?

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anybody insight with using used pots for boiling, is that a deal breaker?
Not sure why you are hung up on "used". Stainless or aluminum will do, used or new, as long as it's clean. Don't overthink it.
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Not sure why you are hung up on "used". Stainless or aluminum will do, used or new, as long as it's clean. Don't overthink it.
Yea, it only has to be sanitary after the boiling, though I would prefer to use stainless Steel. A good top fermented ale really only needs to be kept cool for the first two or three days, then you don't have to worry too much as long as you can keep it in the low to mid 70's.
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