This might just be one of the most fun topics to talk about (after all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice, cold beer?). However, many people don’t realize the logical reasoning behind making beer for survival (and no, it’s not to get so drunk you forget you’re in a crisis).
Although brewing your own beer is rightfully lower on your prepping to-do list than ensuring you have food, water, and shelter, there’s still many practical reasons to do it.
For example, brew kits have long shelf-lives (average of 20 months), so they’re perfect for long-term storage. Brewing your own beer will also save you money in the long-run (rather than buying from the liquor store – hello, markups).
It’s also a great morale booster, and it’ll help salvage some normalcy in a SHTF situation.You’d be surprised how far the little comforts of home (such as beer) will go to help keep spirits high and keep people moving forward in a crisis.
However, one of the biggest reasons for preppers to brew their own beer is for the bartering value. Not only do most people love beer, but think of how many people in this world are addicted to alcohol – they’ll typically do just about anything to feed this vice (including trading their valuable items for your beer).
If a catastrophe hits, cash becomes useless and stores are ransacked of their goods, you’ll be sittin’ pretty with cases full of beer, ready and willing to trade for precious items like weapons, food and other essentials to keep you thriving.
Plus, brewing systems are great for use now (pre-crisis, such as get-togethers with friends), in a crisis (bartering, normalcy) and for post-crisis; after all, there’s nothing better than surviving a critical situation and relaxing post-SHTF with a cold bottle of homemade beer at the ready.
For these reasons, I’m taking it upon myself to teach you the easy, step-by-step process of making beer at home.
Making Beer For Survival – Brewing Steps
What you’ll need:
- Brewing kit (such as Thomas Coopers BrewMaster)
- Stainless steel brewing pot
- Sugar (amount dependent on type of brewing kit you use)
- 6-gallon carboy
- Siphoning tube
- Empty glass bottles with caps (at least 52)
- Food-grade plastic bucket with spigot
- LD Carlson Priming sugar (6 oz.)
- Bottle capper
Note: Make sure to thoroughly clean and sanitize your equipment before using. Unclean equipment = bad tasting beer.
1 – Boil, Mix, Siphon
Remove the directions label from the brew kit can and set it aside. Set the can in hot water to loosen the liquid. While the can is heating up, boil two gallons of water in your stainless steel brewing pot on the stove, and mix in the required amount of sugar.
Add the warmed liquid from the can into the pot, and mix. Then, siphon the liquid from the pot into your 6-gallon carboy. Fill the carboy the rest of the way with cold, filtered water and airlock it tight.
Move the carboy to a place in your house where you can leave it undisturbed. Then, add the yeast to the beer (usually located under the lid of the beer kit) and stir in.
2 – Fermentation
Fermentation times vary from kit to kit, so pay attention to the directions on the package. You’ll notice air bubbles starting to rise in the liquid – you’ll know it’s finished fermenting when the bubbles have stopped.
3 – Carbonation And Bottling
Transfer the fermented liquid to your food grade plastic bucket (aka bottling bucket) and mix in the priming sugar (1 oz. sugar for every gallon of beer).
Note: mix the sugar into the liquid extremely well to avoid carbonation issues.
Fill each bottle up to the middle of the neck, place the cap on the bottle and cap it on.
Store the bottles in a cool, dark place – in about a month, your beer will be ready to drink.
Here’s a prepper brewing his own beer using a slightly different method involving a Mr. Beer brewing system. Take a look:
So you’ll notice I said something VERY important earlier in this article – you must use clean, filtered water when brewing your beer. In fact, clean and filtered water isn’t just necessary for home-brewing – it’s imperative for your and your family’s health, especially in a SHTF situation.
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