Have you tried making beer/brew in India, at home?

#1 Apr 24th, 2014, 20:47
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Doesn't have to be the beer as in the standard western version with barley and hops. ("Hops? What hops?!" I can hear the KF drinkers splutter). In HP and some other northern states they brew an awesome rice beer for example.

There is standard kit available in the western countries with packets of hops and malt and everything. "Just add water" types. I would like to bring these to India but:
- (1) they're heavy and not portable for airplane transport,
- (2) what do I do after the batch of 40 pints runs out?,
- (3) i would like to use what is available locally, surely beer has been made at some point in history by all cultures natively.

Wondering if anyone's tried making any form of beer in India at home and what your experience has been like.
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Your biggest problem might be maintaining a steady fermentation temperature. Too cold or too hot and you will get results that may not be to your liking..
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I'd be interested in learning how to make beer from rice, just as a change. Suppose I could Google it eh.
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Wine might be a better bet? Which takes us back to Japan --- which seems to be getting a lot of mentions on IM lately!
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I too would like to hear the experiences, specially if beer is made from locally available stuff as non availability is what the main problem is.
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Ginger beer easily made, and very tasty too, when made keep a bottle in the fridge, to dampen down its frothing.
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Home made ginger beer!

I don't think I have had that for fifty years
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Home made ginger beer!

I don't think I have had that for fifty years
Oh yes! And the lashings.

ADD - Apparently lashings of Ginger Beer has been hijacked http://www.lashings.org/
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Do tell about the lashings.

I wonder how many of our Indian posters will get the drift, if you don't I apologise.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fam...e_%28series%29 although it looks like an urban myth if we are to believe Wiki
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Wasn't it something like lashings of grog?

Anyway, the whole Famous-Five thing was irreperably hijacked by The Comic Strip Presents
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Home made ginger beer is very refreshing and depending of the amount of sugar used , is [mildly/ more] alcoholic, a no no for Nick
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i think that grog was a Swallows and Amazons thing.
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post Home made ginger beer is very refreshing and depending of the amount of sugar used , is [mildly/ more] alcoholic, a no no for Nick
That would have been my next question - is it/can it be alcoholic!
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It can be but as I don't have a hydrometer in India, can't tell, but my taste buds say to me alcohol.

Do a google

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