Recipe build: Red Neck Beer
  • JerryJerry
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    So I'm slowly making a "brew rig" out of old 55gal drums (link to that thread), but what to make with it?
    Here is what I do know:
    -I've got about 48lbs of some baking grade malt syrup, mid ambersih. ~32points per lb per gal
    -I'll be using some hops that are going wild in my garden. I don't know what is what anymore. I think Will's and fuggles are doing best, but I could be way off on that, I have 20+ plants in a field of weeds.
    -I can likely snag 4gal of over used yeast from a local brewery (they only reuse it 7 time). Likely a simply English ale yeast like WLP002
    -I can get rolled barley, oats, & rye really cheap (and the malt syrup is diastatic)
    -I can also get really cheap low grade maple syrup, honey, rice syrup, molasses, agave syrup, tapioca syrup, apple juice concentrate, & pear juice concentrate.
    -I can get most any grain at the feed store cheap too (home malting is out, ain't nobody got time for that).

    So what to I make?... I was thinking some kind of beer ;)

    Oh also it'll be poorly temp controlled and has a good chance of paint chip and rust problems.
  • JerryJerry
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    Making up to 20lbs of smoked and or roasted feed grade barley is reasonable.
  • ceanntceannt
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    may I suggest Coarse Dairy Feed?
    a wide mix of various grains with lots of molasses... pretty hard to get more red-neck than that
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  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    I suggest you take the money you would spend on ingredients, give it to me, I'll take you out back and kick you in the nuts, then buy you a Busch draft and we call it a day.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    do a small mash with a bunch of oats, toss in a little molasses and a whole heap of malt syrup. load it up with fuggles and call it an english mild.
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  • JerryJerry
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    ceannt said:

    may I suggest Coarse Dairy Feed?
    a wide mix of various grains with lots of molasses... pretty hard to get more red-neck than that



    I like it, I'll get pricing on that next time I pick up chicken feed.
    Benvarine said:

    I suggest you take the money you would spend on ingredients, give it to me, I'll take you out back and kick you in the nuts, then buy you a Busch draft and we call it a day.


    Okay if you'll leave out the kick in the nuts and give me 47.25gal for about $50.

    do a small mash with a bunch of oats, toss in a little molasses and a whole heap of malt syrup. load it up with fuggles and call it an english mild.



    Sounds better than honey brown!
  • JerryJerry
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    Okay so shooting for 47.25 (lets just round up), okay shooting for 48gal.

    48lb of malt syrup will give about 1.032

    So that's almost to something okay, but let's just see what shooting for 1.060 looks like.

    That's an extra 28 points per gal. So with good eff i could get there with 50lb of grain, but this is half assed so I'll use more like 60, or expect lower that 1.060.
    I'm thinking lower is okay. I'll be drinking a lot of this shit, I want to stay hydrated.

    So 50lb+ of grain. I'll need something with some diastatic powers, more than just the syrup. Even just unmalted 6-row would be okay.... I think i've got a few lbs of that somewhere.
  • C_BC_B
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    Okay so shooting for 47.25 (lets just round up), okay shooting for 48gal.

    48lb of malt syrup will give about 1.032

    So that's almost to something okay, but let's just see what shooting for 1.060 looks like.

    That's an extra 28 points per gal. So with good eff i could get there with 50lb of grain, but this is half assed so I'll use more like 60, or expect lower that 1.060.
    I'm thinking lower is okay. I'll be drinking a lot of this shit, I want to stay hydrated.

    So 50lb+ of grain. I'll need something with some diastatic powers, more than just the syrup. Even just unmalted 6-row would be okay.... I think i've got a few lbs of that somewhere.



    I think 1.060 is too high. Not because it's too high, because it's 48 gallons. More like 1.045 is good. Like you said, you'll want to stay hydrated.
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  • ThymThym
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    go 1.054 and use a lot of corn syrup.
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  • JerryJerry
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    Okay. I like the 1050 plus or minus 005 thing.
    I can't get cheap corn syrup, but I can get cheap corn...
  • ThymThym
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    Okay. I like the 1050 plus or minus 005 thing.
    I can't get cheap corn syrup, but I can get cheap corn...



    cereal mash is a bit of a PITA but cheap is cheap, and corn is redneck.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Can you get dried corn?
    Grind it to grits.... boil it for an hour and toss it in the mash
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  • ThymThym
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    ceannt said:

    Can you get dried corn?
    Grind it to grits.... boil it for an hour and toss it in the mash



    I'm pretty sure he's talking about feed corn, so yeah it should be dry.
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  • jlwjlw
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    AB's new slogan: "Feed Corn if its good enough for our beer it's good enough for your beer"
  • JerryJerry
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    ceannt said:

    Can you get dried corn?
    Grind it to grits.... boil it for an hour and toss it in the mash



    Sure I can. Heck I can get it cracked for a buck or two more.

    Would a bottle of mountain dew add something?
  • jlwjlw
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    ceannt said:

    Can you get dried corn?
    Grind it to grits.... boil it for an hour and toss it in the mash



    Sure I can. Heck I can get it cracked for a buck or two more.

    Would a bottle of mountain dew add something?


    I don't see how a bottle of Mt. Dew couldn't add something
  • ceanntceannt
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    You can just ferment mountain dew .....
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  • BenSBenS
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    This sounds epic. 50 lb cereal mash of deer corn and 50 lb of malt extract and a bottle of mountain dew. Might as well throw in a bag of chewing tobacco for that smoky flavor.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • BenSBenS
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    Label it with a #3.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • jlwjlw
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    BenS said:

    This sounds epic. 50 lb cereal mash of deer corn and 50 lb of malt extract and a bottle of mountain dew. Might as well throw in a bag of chewing tobacco for that smoky flavor.



    Maybe some Levi garret.
  • C_BC_B
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    jlw said:

    BenS said:

    This sounds epic. 50 lb cereal mash of deer corn and 50 lb of malt extract and a bottle of mountain dew. Might as well throw in a bag of chewing tobacco for that smoky flavor.



    Maybe some Levi garret.


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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    rooster.
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  • ThymThym
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    There's no way this can't be awesome.
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  • JerryJerry
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    How much anti freeze is too much?
  • ceanntceannt
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    Go with mail pouch ....
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  • ceanntceannt
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    How much anti freeze is too much?



    Uh..... any
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