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2 Weeks Ago 11:06 PM
aeventyr60
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Thanks Gary, you're making me blush. Oh, you mean the fermenter.

It's a bit taller and wider than a 5 gallon bucket. My formosa had a cavernous lazarette locker. My Nauticat has even more storage. The lazarette was a nice location if you don't like the aroma of fermentation. It's kind of like sour-dough bread, but can be strong in a small boat for a couple days during peak fermentation. Some love it, others find it objectionable.

Mike, I've always brewed dockside where I can use/waste all the fresh water I want. I've been working the technique to the point where I could do it at anchor. Immediately after clearing Canadian customs (where beer is >1$/beer) would be one time I would try it. I wouldn't brew while actually sailing but in a quiet anchorage.... sure.

MedSailor
I had that barrel strapped to the mast down below and brewed up Coopers Ale while sailing all the way up behind the Great Barrier Reef. To extend your drinking pleasure try some of the Ginger Beer mixes. They only take a week in the secondary fermentation stage to be able to drink.
2 Weeks Ago 06:27 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Brewing beer on the boat is fine. I did it in many countries. Always worked out well, even at sea.
I don't brew in the Caribbean as beer is $16 per case so its cheaper and easier to buy it.

The other good thing is that the kit beer (I used Coopers in Australia, now available world wide Coopers DIY Beer Kit ) does NOT contain alcohol until you brew it. So if you sail into a country with alcohol tax or prohibition you are still fine with the kit. Clear in and brew up!

But when French red wine, Bordeaux, to wit, is $5 per bottle who drinks beer?
2 Weeks Ago 05:29 PM
MedSailor
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Now for the REAL down and dirty cheap, no special equipment needed, DIY brewing on a boat:

s/v hello world: self reliance

These guys are friends of mine and we used to be dock neighbors in seattle. I know they don't drink crap beer, so when they said this recipe turned out well, I was.... well... surprised.

According to the sailnet equivalent american brewing forum everything about the above recipe would not work. Can't be done. Kind of like saying you like to anchor on a CQR with rope.... can't be done!

Since I was a brewer, I was intrigued and repeated their recipe and technique exactly. It DID in fact turn out quite good. I can't say I'd use the collapsible jug again because it was a PITA to clean, but I have to admit that aside from the airlock and bung there was NO special equipment. The airlock could actually be improvised too....

MedSailor
2 Weeks Ago 04:17 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Originally Posted by elgatosunrise View Post
In my experience, a modest travel budget (500/month) can be done. But the key, is not stopping at marinas very often and avoiding the restaurants and bars.
Save your money for repairs and maintenance.
Catch your own fish.
Mix your own drinks.
Drop your own hook.
Cruise for many months...or years.
Exactly! And make your own beer (just to keep that theme going).
2 Weeks Ago 03:44 PM
elgatosunrise
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

In my experience, a modest travel budget (500/month) can be done. But the key, is not stopping at marinas very often and avoiding the restaurants and bars.
Save your money for repairs and maintenance.
Catch your own fish.
Mix your own drinks.
Drop your own hook.
Cruise for many months...or years.
2 Weeks Ago 02:53 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Mike, here's the kit I have. Mr.Beer Premium Kits
2 Weeks Ago 02:42 PM
MedSailor
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
Where would you store that monster on a boat? It looks huge.

Gary
Thanks Gary, you're making me blush. Oh, you mean the fermenter.

It's a bit taller and wider than a 5 gallon bucket. My formosa had a cavernous lazarette locker. My Nauticat has even more storage. The lazarette was a nice location if you don't like the aroma of fermentation. It's kind of like sour-dough bread, but can be strong in a small boat for a couple days during peak fermentation. Some love it, others find it objectionable.

Mike, I've always brewed dockside where I can use/waste all the fresh water I want. I've been working the technique to the point where I could do it at anchor. Immediately after clearing Canadian customs (where beer is >1$/beer) would be one time I would try it. I wouldn't brew while actually sailing but in a quiet anchorage.... sure.

MedSailor
2 Weeks Ago 02:13 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I think it's a 30 litre (~6 US gallon) carboy. It would be awkward, but I could store it in our head, or perhaps tucked away in the quarter berth. I assume people aren't brewing while underway -- are you?

How large is your Mr. Beer fermentor Gary? How much does it make?
2 Weeks Ago 02:09 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Where would you store that monster on a boat? It looks huge.

Gary
2 Weeks Ago 11:56 AM
MedSailor
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Quote:
Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
I really like that fermenter. Looks like it would work really well. Too bad they changed to the one with the slip on lid.
Yeah. What I really liked about it was that it was sturdy and easy to clean with a big lid (which are all things a bucket with a good lid has) but the spin on top was transparent so you could watch the yeast work (like a glass carboy).

The bottling bucket (bucket with spigot) and a sturdy lid with a bung for the airlock should work well, but yes, it was a great design. It even had indentations which acted as handles for easily carrying it.

MedSailor
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