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So about a week ago I started making Blackberry Wine
It turned out Great!
Ingredients:
1 - 3 Gallon Jug
1 Gallon filled to the top with great wild blackberries
1 full package of Fleshmans yeast
4 lbs Granulated Sugar
About 1 1/2 Gallons of Water.

Mix and let it sit for about a week, and then strain out the solid waste. Pretty simple!
 
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I ended up with 1 full Gallon, 1 - 2liter filled, and about 16 OZs. Had I had a funnel I probably would have had about 1 3/4 Gallons.
I first tried it in Melvern AK, a dry county with tomato paste, it was nasty but did the trick. This time I wanted to use berries. It was a good choose. I hope this helps somebody else!!!
 

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Aweeesome, I've recently been thinking about wanting to try to make my own drinks the next time I'm housed up, cool to hear you made something yummy with berries! Thanks for sharing
 

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Next time try using Lalavin EC-1118 yeast. It's a Champaign yeast that has a high tolerance for alcohol (18-20%). Fleischmens works in a pinch but it's alcohol tolerance is low, it tends to not flocculate out as well, and the flavor is kinda bready (because that's what it was selected for) .

Assuming your in Tigard still.. There is a GREAT brewshop there called "above the rest " and a pack of EC -1118 should run you 80¢. Well worth it. They have some of the cheapest prices in the country on malt extract as well. It's a bring your own container type deal.

On a side note :

I had a badass stealth camp for about 9 months in Tigard out in the woods between the tracks and the library. That area has Sooooooooooo many wild edibles back there. I made tons of gallons of blackberry wine, plum wine, thimbleberry wine from ingredients found just in the area and of course I made plenty of beer thanks to above the rest.


Ive always wanted to travel with a bunch of airlocks and some packets of EC-1118 and when I got to a town stamp up a few gallons of apple or any kind of juice, pitch yeast, attach airlock, and half bury the jugs in the shade somewhere near the jungle ... Get on a train do it in the next town ect ect. By the time you make the loop back you'll have free booze in every place you get off..
 

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Brewing beer is just a little more complicated than this. All alcohol making is based on the fact that yeast eat sugar, and shit alcohol and carbon dioxide. Bread is based on kind of the same recipe as beer with less water- with bread we bake away the small amount of alcohol, and want the CO2 which makes the bubbles that make bread rise.

You need a very large pot- mine is an 8 gallon sheet-metal pot from Amazon, a fermenter which is a glass bottle with a cork and fermentation lock, or a compound bucket with lid with a hole for a fermentation lock. A fermentation lock is a small glass or plastic loop with water in it that keeps outside air out of your fermenter and lets CO2 generated by fermenting out. The air is full of all sorts of wild yeast that can make your beer go funky (wild yeast is what sourdough bread is made with), although some breweries specialize in doing this on purpose.

You boil malted grain or malt extract (from a brewing store) with hops, which prevent bacteria growing in your not-yet-beer and add that beer flavor, put it in the fermenter, add brewing yeast, wait til it stops fermenting (2-4 weeks depending on the style of beer, type of yeast, and amount of sugars available for fermenting).

Then you put it in bottles (i prefer recycled Fat Tire Ale bottles, good thick glass) with a just a little more sugar to make it bubbly, and cap them using new caps and a simple handtool (called a capper).

You would probably want to read up a bit more than the above, but that really is all there is to it. Buying an ingredients kit (which will come with detailed instructions) for your first batch is a good idea. The key to good beer is fanatical attention to sanitizing everything that touches your beer, using a product called Star-San.

Not a thing you can do while nomadic, but well worth your time when stably housed. I mostly brew strong Belgian abbey style ales that would cost maybe $2-10 for each 12 ounce bottle. My cost is about $20 for a 5 gallon batch. My current batch is so strong i can't drink more than one bottle per day, maybe two if i am on a tear.
 
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What I did was make 2.5 gallon batches. I used a 12 quart thrift store pot and used liquid malt extract which makes life Sooo much easier and quicker.

I had a little tarped over outdoor kitchen that I boiled my wort under on a camp stove. I used the 15 minute pale ale recipe:



After Flame out I would stick the lid on and dip 'er in the coolish creek next to my camp. Once down to pitching temperature I would have a clean, starsan'ed 5 gallon bucket with an airlock on it that I'd dump it in and pitch some So5 yeast. Done.

This certainly wasn't an "on the road made beer " but definitely a "houseless pale ale" that I made all the time.

What I was referring to earlier was road cider for every jungle across the land!!!!
 

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Next time try using Lalavin EC-1118 yeast. It's a Champaign yeast that has a high tolerance for alcohol (18-20%). Fleischmens works in a pinch but it's alcohol tolerance is low, it tends to not flocculate out as well, and the flavor is kinda bready (because that's what it was selected for) .
Beat me to it! 1118 is great. I have gotten to 23% with it and dry as centurian pussy. If you need some i can send an oz or 2 your way, i was doing barrels for a while and this is leftovers.

Using bread yeast works on jail, but its far from ideal, you can def get a much better result with a champagne yeast
 

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Daaaaamn. I didn't even know it came in bulk like that!?!? Ive got about 50 packets that I got on a good eBay deal.


I should be sponsored by Lalavin.. I swear. I sing the EC -1118's praises from the mountain tops all the time.
 

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Daaaaamn. I didn't even know it came in bulk like that!?!? Ive got about 50 packets that I got on a good eBay deal.


I should be sponsored by Lalavin.. I swear. I sing the EC -1118's praises from the mountain tops all the time.
Yea, packs suck when you have 50 barrels to add to ( i never got into conical fermenters). I think you have to be licensed to get the big packs though i have no idea really. I got them from a commercial brewery supplier when i had access.
 

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It was for mash, until my best friend had his balls removed and placed into his wifes purse where he’s not allowed to retrieve them we used to put in a decent bit of work.
 

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One ive done recently w. Him was organic meijer brand apple juIce i got on sale, 20 gallons in 4 car boys. Came out delicious. Apfelwine i think he calls it.
 

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@Doobie_D To say i am impressed with the "Houseless Pale Ale" would be a severe understatement. Dude or dudess, as the case may be, that is fucking amazing. Having checked your profile, dude! [where on the Eastern Shore? my parents lived in Chestertown 2000-10]

I assume you were not bottling (but then i assumed brewing beer over a campstove was impossible)? Or what actually did you do to go from fermenter to mouth?
 
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Next time try using Lalavin EC-1118 yeast. It's a Champaign yeast that has a high tolerance for alcohol (18-20%). Fleischmens works in a pinch but it's alcohol tolerance is low, it tends to not flocculate out as well, and the flavor is kinda bready (because that's what it was selected for) .

Assuming your in Tigard still.. There is a GREAT brewshop there called "above the rest " and a pack of EC -1118 should run you 80¢. Well worth it. They have some of the cheapest prices in the country on malt extract as well. It's a bring your own container type deal.

On a side note :

I had a badass stealth camp for about 9 months in Tigard out in the woods between the tracks and the library. That area has Sooooooooooo many wild edibles back there. I made tons of gallons of blackberry wine, plum wine, thimbleberry wine from ingredients found just in the area and of course I made plenty of beer thanks to above the rest.


Ive always wanted to travel with a bunch of airlocks and some packets of EC-1118 and when I got to a town stamp up a few gallons of apple or any kind of juice, pitch yeast, attach airlock, and half bury the jugs in the shade somewhere near the jungle ... Get on a train do it in the next town ect ect. By the time you make the loop back you'll have free booze in every place you get off..
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Thanks for the suggestions :) I may use them in the future, but for now I'm packing up to hit the road, tomorrow is my leave by any means possible day. Hopefully on a bike with a trailer. I love the idea of booze everywhere you go. That's A Great Idea!!!!
 

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This was hands down the most potent alcohol I have ever had. I wish I had his hand written notes or all the details, maybe the post has enough to figure it out but good god almighty this stuff was so smooth and so brutal at the same time I can feel the sleeping pee just thinking about it.
 

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Oh, this does get me thinking.

One of my many dead close friends had a clandestine still going for years making absinthe and whisky, and then eventually opened an artisanal commercial distillery. His memorial was astonishing, many very drunk men in the distilling business with their private stashes, and many weeping hippie women and girls.

His shit was handmade, all-copper, and looked like a medieval alchemy rig, and very unattainable for normal folks. But that ghetto moonshine still setup looks very very do-able. As has been suggested, the mash will do better with an alcohol-tolerant yeast instead of bread yeast.

"Sleeping-Pee White Lightning" does have a certain ring to it.
 

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I made a batch of blackberry-raspberry wine last year that came out very good, and I'll be doin the same this year along with strawberry-rhubarb wine, huckleberry wine, apple cider, maybe a couple others. But I use actually wine yeasts, airlocks, campden tablets, a corker to bottle it with, all that jazz. Some pics of last years brew, finished products came out clearer....this is still in the brewin stages:
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Blackberry-raspberry
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Apple-Pear Cider
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine
 

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@Doobie_D To say i am impressed with the "Houseless Pale Ale" would be a severe understatement. Dude or dudess, as the case may be, that is fucking amazing. Having checked your profile, dude! [where on the Eastern Shore? my parents lived in Chestertown 2000-10]

I assume you were not bottling (but then i assumed brewing beer over a campstove was impossible)? Or what actually did you do to go from fermenter to mouth?
Tough times call for tough measures. But I was bottling in old Bridgeport and Ninkasi double deuce bottles. I was friends with the guy at the brew shop in town and he let me borrow a capper when my beer was ready.


I'm originally from a town of 300 called Betterton. But I raised alot of hell in Chestertown being as it was the county seat and biggest town in the county. Really..the main thing that got me traveling was legal trouble in chestertown.. Cops had nothing better to do then mess with all the punk/skater kids.. All 8 of us 😂
 

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Bet the brewshop dude made sure to get a bottle or two, so he could shame rich customers with "One of those fucking dirty kids with a dog on a string made this in a tent, dude!"

Soooooooo impressed.

I remember Chestertown cops arresting Santa Claus , or no it was some costumed town mascot at the 4th of July parade, like maybe 2005 or so? Never bothered me as a 40-50 something pothead but i dressed like the college professor i was at that point in my life (camouflage, kids- it works! i dress like more or less a preppy Amish skinhead now, no one knows what i am and i am old = smoking weed everywhere i go without any comeback).
 

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Bet the brewshop dude made sure to get a bottle or two, so he could shame rich customers with "One of those fucking dirty kids with a dog on a string made this in a tent, dude!"

Soooooooo impressed.

I remember Chestertown cops arresting Santa Claus , or no it was some costumed town mascot at the 4th of July parade, like maybe 2005 or so? Never bothered me as a 40-50 something pothead but i dressed like the college professor i was at that point in my life (camouflage, kids- it works!).

Ha...yeah we'd trade beers all the time. His were markedly better.

As for chestertown Cops arresting Santa.. I didn't know about that.. But it's definitely their modus operandi. One of the capitans that used to really have a hard on for us ended up going to prison for child porn apparently. Karma is certainly a wonderful thing
 

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