Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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I am into brewing in a huge way. My previous photo is my keezer (keg freezer) in my living room, with 8 beers on tap (pause while I go to refill)
The reason I have not been hanging out here to talk sailing for most of the last year was spending time with the brewing crowd. Yes beer is that important. I went from 5 gallon extract to 10 gallon "all grain" electric set up this last year. "Sailing and Beer" a match made in heaven. I believe beer was even part of the rations in the British Navy as it is on my boat.
As much as I like beer, brewing takes up way to much room. My dream boat is 38 feet I would have to add 10 fee to even think about brewing on board. Under 40 feet I would think more about vodka drinks.
I have spent the last year making brewing more complicated. But if (when) I live aboard, and I had enough space here is what i would try to do brewing onboard K.I.S.S.
Better bottles or P.E.T. containers for fermenting, no glass. Broke my first carboy yesterday. It was scary and I was on dry land.
Apfelwein dry german style apple cider (cheap apple juice, sugar for alcohol and dry wine yeast)
Corny kegs for storage and serving;
Primary fermenting only (30 days) then keg.
Salt water for rinsing, oxiclean for cleaning, star-san for sanitizing.
My biggest brew/sail challenge this coming season is to figure out how to secure a keg when chartering next summer?
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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