brewing beer off grid
March 25th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today on the Off The Grid Podcast we try something different. Instead of simply audio I have a video PART 1 OF 3 brewing chocolate peanut butter beer last year on the Rocket Stove. It was indeed a strange brew! Up until this point a majority of the podcast episodes have been primarily audio. Yes I have been working on posting shows here and there in video format for those of you wanting to actually see whats going on but today marks the start of something new.. video episodes. So if you have been following the show for a while and heard me mention a few times about the video making and brewing chocolate peanut butter beer off grid hopefully this will be a treat for you. Today’s video was recorded last October as I was making / brewing beer off grid that I named “Off Grid Brew”. I have been making beer, wine, and mead for about 3 years now. This micro brew turned out to be a very special Chocolate Peanut Butter beer indeed. When you have now power or running water things can be challenging when it comes to making something like this. The fact that I the temperatures fluctuated from 50 or so degrees at night to about 80 degrees during the day had me a little worried about just how it might affect the yeast. For a month I waited patiently as the saying rang true.. only time will tell. If you like this video please stay tuned and check out the future videos as well. This was only part 1. If you would like to learn more about the brewing process and what all went into making this chocolate peanut butter beer please check out these shows:

 

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bottling some chocolate peanut butter beer
October 13th, 2015 by Off The Grid

The Off Grid Brew is now bottled! After 3 weeks of brewing this very special batch of chocolate peanut butter beer it was time to bottle this rare delicacy dubbed my strange brew. If you are a regular listener of the podcast you know that most of the beer brewing process was covered in the last episode for the most part. Last weeks show Episode 60: Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer Off Grid on the Rocket Stove! can be heard by clicking on the link. Today’s show is all about bottling this very special October treat!bottling chocolate peanut butter beer

The weather was beautiful out here off the grid on Saturday making for a very pleasant day to bottle the chocolate peanut butter beer. As I woke up the sun was bathing the camper while the gentle song of crickets and birds said it was time to get up! This was a day I had been looking forward to for the last few weeks. This strange off grid brew had been brewing in my closet shielded from the sun and it was now time to bring everything outside to bottle it. I started by firing up the rocket stove making breakfast. Multitasking was a big part of the day’s agenda because there was a lot to do in order to get the chocolate peanut butter beer bottled. Between making breakfast, getting the coals going on the rocket stove, sterilizing the bottles, setting up a work area, and moving the camera to record a LOT of video for the new YouTube channel it was a busy day!bottling some chocolate peanut butter beer

If you have been listening to the podcast you know that I have been catching the episodes up to get them current as opposed to months behind like in the beginning. With the hurried excitement from the hurricane along with 2 shows posted same day I made a mistake in posting the Off Grid Podcast episodes out of order. So if your wondering why today’s podcast episode about bottling the off grid chocolate peanut butter beer is being posted RIGHT after the very last brewing episode that is why. Yup.. with the recording and excitement from bottling the Off Grid brew it seems as though we are all caught up! The bottles of chocolate peanut butter beer will still need a few weeks to become carbonated but for now I can finally take a deep breath and relax knowing with the completion of today’s episode of Off The Grid podcast the show is current. Ironically it would have been nice to celebrate the moment with a nice bottle of my off grid brew but hey there is always next time! lol Do you have any tips or pointers to share about brewing beer or wine? If so please help me out because although I have been a home brewer for a few years now I am smart enough to know that I am still a beginner. lol Also I am still searching for a name for this strange off the grid brew. What would you call it? Can you help me name this special Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer? If you have a good name please share by posting below here in today’ comment section. Many times the skills you learn will not only improve your quality of life but also develop you as a person in by simply exercising your brain to think. Until next time you guys stay safe and consider trying or learning something new.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Making quality “anything” takes a lot of time and effort but it is always well worth it.
  • Do you have a good name for my Off Grid Brew? I need your help coming up with a cool name for the beer!
  • The article about the experiments done on Thoughts and Water.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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brewing beer off the grid
October 8th, 2015 by Off The Grid

With the cooler weather on the way I though now was a good time to brew some Chocolate Peanut Butter beer out here off the grid on the rocket stove! If you are a regular listener you know that I while I do have “power” via the solar panels I do not have a way of storing that power. If your a home brewer then you know that a good climate controlled environment is a big part to correctly brewing beer or wine. Out here off grid that can be a little challenging to say the least! Now that fall is officially brewing chocolate peanut butter beer 1here and the temperatures have been more manageable I figured if I was going to brew any beer this year now was the time. Carpe Diem! I don’t brew beer or wine but about once or twice a year and with the temp dropping it was time for some Off Grid Brew!

Daytime temperatures have been in the 70 – 80 degree range. Night time temps get down to about upper 50s to lower 70s. The average temperatures in this area are about perfect for home brewing beer or wine out here because I don’t have power. Power would allow me to heat or cool anytime when needed to create a controlled environment for the chocolate peanut butter beer. Here off grid the temperature fluctuates because whatever the temp is during the day / night is what it is all the brewing chocolate peanut butter beer 2time. Most of the time when your doing something like this its in a controlled environment. A gas powered turkey fryer would have been ideal but was not an option. I did however have my trusty faithful rocket stove! So I fired up the rocket stove as the sun was going down.

Wood smoke filled the air once again out here in my tiny piece of heaven. I was in an out of the camper trying to sterilize everything and at the same time feeding the rocket stove building the coals. The rocket stove was hungry because in order to get the water boiling I was feeding a steady pace of twigs and branches. I added the chocolate and caramel grains into the water to steep. Then I added some crushed peanuts and raw coco. For those not familiar with home brewing steeping is kind of brewing chocolate peanut butter beer 3like making beer tea before it begins to ferment. As the flames tamed down on the rocket stove I kept an eye on the temperature of the future chocolate peanut butter off grid brew. As steam gracefully rose from the steeping grains, peanuts, and chocolate coco the coals began to accumulate inside the rocket stove. Steadily adding branches to maintain a good temp after about an hour I stoked the flames a little higher bringing the brew to a boil.

A friend suggested that I try adding half of the hopps in the beginning, the other half about 30 minutes in, and the last bit of hopps at the very end (about 2 min.). After loosely following a basic porter recipe and adding my own flare with the chocolatebrewing chocolate peanut butter beer 4 peanut butter it was time to cool things down so the yeast could be added. There was only one small problem. I do not have power here off the grid so that meant no way of refrigerating water to cool things down. I added several gallons of “room temperature” water but it was still sitting at 120 degrees. After about 3 or 4 hours I was ready for bed and could not keep my eyes open any longer. At about 3 o’clock in the morning I checked the temp of the chocolate peanut butter brew. Amazingly enough it was still a very warm 100.5 degrees. So I decided to pitch the yeast despite the very warm temp. Keep in mind that this was an English Ale Yeast. The package said to pitch the yeast (add the yeast) at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F. If your any good at math you know that is about a 30 degree difference.. NOT good! The following night to my surprise it was bubbling / fermenting. I would not recommend trying this but this is what I had to work with. Being that today’s podcast was all about brewing the chocolate peanut butter beer you can count on a follow up show. As you know these episodes of Off The Grid Podcast are almost caught up. If you want to hear about the secondary fermentation part of this off grid brew listen to Episode 56: Major Show UPDATE, Hanging out, Seasoning Cast Iron, & Making Beer. I have been home brewing for a few years now and each time I try to create something unique and different.

I need your help! I am searching for a cool name for my first “Off Grid Brew”. It is brewing now with wonderful flavors and aroma of raw coco chocolate, peanut butter, hints of caramel, and subtle undertones of vanilla. When it was boiling it smelled like a giant batch of hot chocolate. For the most part this is going to be a chocolate peanut butter beer. It was made on the rocket stove out here off the grid with the inviting smell of a campfire under the stars of a new moon sky. Against all odds the amazing English Ale yeast survived after being pitched at 100 degrees (30-35 degrees hotter). It may sound funny to some but I went up on top of the camper and sent some positive energy to the package of yeast ( see Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research on thought and vibrations on the molecular structure of water ). Every day I have been sending positive thoughts and energy to this strange off grid brew. I have also been literally sending good vibrations with headphones playing tones from the Solfeggio frequencies. Have I painted a good enough picture for you yet? Got ideas for a unique name for this beer? If you have an idea or few please post in today’s show notes below! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: You can brew beer on a Rocket Stove.. even if you have no power!
  • Do you have a good name for my Off Grid Brew? I need your help coming up with a cool name for the beer!
  • If your looking for more info on home brewing check this podcast episode out on The Survival Podcast
  • Here is a link to an article about the experiments done with Thoughts and Water.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please tell a friend about the podcast 🙂

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