Make Your Own Beer – Homemade Kentucky Beer

Make your own beer

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Make your own beer – Homemade Kentucky Beer submitted by Anonymous

(15 gallons)

Use 15 gallon plastic garbage can with clip on lid. You need:

  • Approximately 6 oz. hops
  • 3 lbs. extract of malt
  • 9 lbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons granulated yeast.

Place in vessel with approximately 2 gallons water, or more if vessel is large enough, and bring to boil. Then turn down to simmer for about 45 minutes, steeping hops into liquid during this period as hops will sit on top of the water; otherwise, flavor will be too weak.

Put malt, raw sugar and molasses into plastic bin. Then strain hops liquid through parachute silk or cheesecloth to remove all sediment and add liquid to contents of bin. Stir thoroughly with wooden paddle to completely dissolve malt and sugar into liquid.

Place the bin in a position where it can be kept for a week undisturbed at 70øF. Fill up with lukewarm water to within 2 inches of top of container. Temperature of brew now be about 70 to 80øF. Sprinkle yeast evenly over surface and seal. Beer will work for 7 to 10 days. A thick white broth will appear after the first 8 hours and gradually die, towards the end of the time.

When working has ceased, take 8 dozen clean 26 oz. bottles and put one level teaspoon of white sugar into each bottle. Drain off liquid into bottles taking care not to disturb too much. (This will disturb sediment and make liquid cloudy). Cap bottles tightly and correctly and store upright for 3 weeks minimum.

Cool in refrigerator in upright position and pour gently into glass mug for serving. Sediment also forms in bottle If beer is too lively, too much yeast has been added or if bottled before, it had ceased working. Flavor of beer can be softened by adding 4 oz. of barley to the hops when bottling. Color can be darkened by increasing amount of molasses.

Your local health food store is where you can buy your ingredients. Follow directions and be careful – this is very potent.

Making Beer at Home


  1. JP in MT says:

    Thanks for the info.

    Once we get out of town, one of my SHTF construction preps is to get a pair of small stills going. One for medicinal alcohol and one of consumption. Hopefully, we will get the silly law changed on small stills for personal consumption, by then.

    I figure both will end up being useful around the ranch and for trade. Beer would be good once trade gets reestablished, as travelers get parched, and we will probably go back to water having issues.

    • Curley Bull says:

      JP in MT, I haven’t kept up with the laws over the past 20 years, but I paid $15 per year for license (the Feds) to distill fuel grade shine. The only requirement was to add and additive that would keep anyone from drinking it. The Feds would show up every 90 days the first year, about twice a year the next 2, and once a year there after. I must abmitt the additive did not make it into every batch . . .
      I had a 67′ Belair station wagon (283) I had converted to run on shine only.

  2. tommy2rs says:

    It’s not distilling but ya might check out The Crock-Pot Ladies recipes for Apple Pie Moonshine, Lemonade Moonshine and Cherry Pie Moonshine.
    (other recipes linked to at bottom of page)

  3. Rick H. says:

    As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof God exists and wants us to be happy” Great article, one I’m saving and going to try out as soon as I can!

  4. Rats! I’m off beer until I get a new kidney (3-5 years). Fortunately I can still drink hard cider, wine and bourbon.

  5. Wow, that’s a lot of sugar. Why not just use all malt extract? or honey. Seems like it would be better for you. I guess sugar is cheaper. . . Adjuncts. 🙁

  6. GoneWithTheWind says:

    The yeast turns sugar into alcohol. If you want a non-alcoholic beer leave out the sugar.

  7. Cabinboy says:

    I wouldn’t touch this recipe! If you want a big headache and exploding bottles go right ahead. If you really want to make beer get a good book like The Joy of Home Brewing by C Papazian.
    Just some advice from a 20yr home brewer.

  8. Sharkbait714 says:

    I gotta agree with Cabinboy, this is a recipe to give away to in-laws. The bottle caps will pop off, with great thunder, at anything above about 78 degrees F. Get some corn sugar to carbonate your beer with, cost a little more but works better. Also, don’t pour sugar directly into bottle before capping. Google is your friend. Making beer is fun, losing it all on the basement floor is not.

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