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Making "beer' without grains?

 
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Anybody have any beer recipes that don't use grains?
 
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You mean like meade or wine?

I think there's a rice beer. IN fact a huge percentage of the rice grown in the US is bought by American beer companies. In case you're looking for gluten-free. You can brew potatoes too - vodka is the result after you've distilled it.

Anything sweet will ferment. Lots of it is tasty.
 
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No, but there are plenty of mead and cider recipes

Seriously, you can make alcohol with just about anything. I make cider from whatever is in-season or I can get bruised fruit for free. I prefer cider because it doesn't take heat, just mix and sit. Fermentation lock and a bucket or jug and you are set.

My personal favorite is a peach/apple/honey cider I make when the wife is canning peaches. I take all the skins and cutoffs, put them in a fermenting bucket, cover with apple juice, add a cup of honey and a cup of brown sugar per gallon of liquid and a pack of yeast and let it go. It is my favorite because my wife drinks it.

I love mead, but can't afford to make it. Hopefully I will get enough surplus honey next year to make my own again.

 
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One of my favourite things is nettle ale - basically just a strong nettle tea, then add sugar and lemon juice, and an ale yeast, and it's done in about 2 weeks. it's around 8% alcohol so like a very strong beer or a weak wine, it's sparkly and lovely and tastes like spring sunshine! A little later you can do the same thing with elderflowers.
 
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S Carreg wrote:One of my favourite things is nettle ale - basically just a strong nettle tea, then add sugar and lemon juice, and an ale yeast, and it's done in about 2 weeks. it's around 8% alcohol so like a very strong beer or a weak wine, it's sparkly and lovely and tastes like spring sunshine! A little later you can do the same thing with elderflowers.



oh, wow, gotta try that!
 
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there are recipes on here for all kinds of homebrewing beer and wine, including nettle and elderflower http://stormbrewing.wordpress.com/
 
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Here's a recipe for beer from sugar & hops from 1859.
BEER FROM SUGAR.—Put six pounds of coarse brown sugar, and four ounces of hops, into fourteen gallons of water; let the whole boil for three quarters of an hour, and work it as usual. It should be kept for ten days or a fortnight before it is broached.
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