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So I started Brewing...

I'm trying my hand at some Hard Cider currently and collecting more equipment to do some beer next. I've got two glass 6 gal. carboys and some misc. stuff so far.

As i'm doing this i'm wondering how you would pull this off while living aboard? Anyone else on here enjoy this hobby? Or perhaps while aboard?
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I'm trying my hand at some Hard Cider currently and collecting more equipment to do some beer next. I've got two glass 6 gal. carboys and some misc. stuff so far.

As i'm doing this i'm wondering how you would pull this off while living aboard? Anyone else on here enjoy this hobby? Or perhaps while aboard?
I think the hardest part would be the brewing itself. Getting the caldren boiling while on a dock would require a big pot with enough heat to get it boiling. At sea your on your own. I'll watch for a mushroom cloud when you decided to try it. Unless you stopped and brewed on the beach somewhere. You'll need to buy enough grain and supplies to get you through the trip though.
That would be cool. Stop at a beach in fiji because the beer supply needs to be restocked. Brew it on the beach using palm fronds and drift wood.

How do you make rum is what I want to know...
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the cleanliness issue may crop up too... my old roomie used to brew and it didnt take much contamination to ruin a batch.
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Yep, probably a better idea to boil your wort on solid ground! Cider on the other hand only needs yeast and time. Or other fruit juices for that matter.
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the cleanliness issue may crop up too... my old roomie used to brew and it didnt take much contamination to ruin a batch.
Yes, can't use saltwater to rinse your equipment. But the sterilization powders are very cheap...
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I used to brew beer onboard. Always Keep it Simple

I just used the sterilisation stuff properly. The home brew kit would sit in the cockpit bubbling away for 5-6 days (at anchor), we would bottle it and dont touch for 3months. (I have enough stocks to last 3 -4months - 120 bottles. All this took up one of the quarter berths (plastic bottles in plastic boxes.)

Lost about 2-3 bottles in prob a 6 month period. Never any contamination if cleaned and rinsed properly & we always had plenty of water -in the tropics.

mmm Pale India Ale or Amber Ale....
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I used to brew beer onboard. Always Keep it Simple
mmm Pale India Ale or Amber Ale....
Making my mouth water!

So all the sloshing around didn't really effect much, airlock never got fouled?
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I think you should do a test run and let us know where and when the tasting will be.
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ps Are you thinking about using kits so you don't have to carry all that grain around?
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if you dont wanna use plastic (and dont mind drinking a couple cases of grolsch to get started), IIRC my pal had success with these:

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I think you should do a test run and let us know where and when the tasting will be.
John
ps Are you thinking about using kits so you don't have to carry all that grain around?
It'll be awhile before I get to do it while aboard. But so far my stuff is tasting pretty good! I'd say that malt extracts would be the way to go on board?
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