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Title: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: Timothy Harrison on November 27, 2018, 09:42:34 AM
Hello all,
  I was Air Force for 24 years and parlayed that experience to a very lucrative position here in Saudi Arabia.  Not sure if most know, but this is an alcohol free country.  I was shipping in DME through a shipping company that didn't know any better, but those good times have recently come to an end as they got wise to it. Long story short, I am looking for recipes that will allow me to use some other kind of fermentable?  I have access to all your basic sugars. 
  I do have a friend back in the states that goes to the local home brew store and they are kind enough to package the hops in foil vacuum packets and label them with (parsley, celery seed, etc...) For instance, cilantro for citra.  You get the idea.  I also have been getting grains through all right just packaged in a zip lock bag with wheat written on the outside.  That friend has been hit or miss lately though, so I am looking for a good home brew store that might work with me?  I think I could go all grain, but I have limited supplies and have never done it.  I think those ingredients would come through easy.  I would like to say that all supplies get stopped before delivery here, so there is no danger to any parties.

Anyway, cheers and appreciate any help I can get.   
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: BrewBama on November 27, 2018, 12:23:03 PM
When I was in Saudi the Brits had the good Homebrew. You might catch up with one of them to link up to a source for ingredients.

Apple Cider, wine, etc. can be made fairly easily if you can get yeast.


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Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: KellerBrauer on November 27, 2018, 01:03:58 PM
I was going to also suggest a hard cider or even a mead might work for you if you can get your hands on some yeast.
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: chumley on November 27, 2018, 06:16:52 PM
Seems like some homebrew shop could send you DME and label as powdered protein shake, or something like that.

Years ago I shipped similar supplies to a friend of mine who was stationed in Baghdad. He said the beer came out pretty good.

Whatever you do, just don't let the Crown Prince find out.... :o
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: Timothy Harrison on November 27, 2018, 08:43:02 PM
I was going to also suggest a hard cider or even a mead might work for you if you can get your hands on some yeast.

Great idea BrewBama and KellerBrauer.  I just looked up some mead recipes and they are really easy to make.  I can get yeast with zero problem.  However I see they taste more like wine.  Can I add hopes or something to make them more like beer?  I have never had mead so forgive my ignorance. 
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: Timothy Harrison on November 27, 2018, 08:45:34 PM
Seems like some homebrew shop could send you DME and label as powdered protein shake, or something like that.

Years ago I shipped similar supplies to a friend of mine who was stationed in Baghdad. He said the beer came out pretty good.

Whatever you do, just don't let the Crown Prince find out.... :o

Yes they could.  Never thought about the whole protein shake angle of it.  Thanks! man that should work. 

The crown prince might just dispatch me Jamal Khashoggi style, but as long as I have some beer I am willing to risk it.  LOL ;)
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: Timothy Harrison on November 27, 2018, 08:56:10 PM
Also I found this prison type recipe: 

Ingredients

1 gallon of water.
1 pound of white sugar. Primarily I am thinking of white cane sugar
Brewing Yeast.

Could I add just hops to this to make something palatable? 

I am pretty new to brewing (9 brews so far)  I have a very nice temperature controlled room (66-72) so that is not an issue.  I am just not sure I can get DME anymore.  LME is an absolute no go with the way the mail treats the packages.

Thanks for any help...
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: Slowbrew on November 27, 2018, 10:32:35 PM
The "prison" recipe will yield alcohol but zero flavor. 

If you can source barley in country you could try your hand at malting your own grain.  It might be worth the effort if it was the only way to get it.

If you have friends in the State Department they might be willing to help you out (although not real likely).  It is amazing what can be moved around in diplomatic bags.  8^)

Good luck!

Paul
Title: Re: New Guy from Saudi Arabia
Post by: Timothy Harrison on November 27, 2018, 10:58:40 PM
The "prison" recipe will yield alcohol but zero flavor. 

If you can source barley in country you could try your hand at malting your own grain.  It might be worth the effort if it was the only way to get it.

If you have friends in the State Department they might be willing to help you out (although not real likely).  It is amazing what can be moved around in diplomatic bags.  8^)

Good luck!

Paul

I have thought about sending just straight barley here and trying to mash it.  Seems like anything that doesn't say brewing on it goes through just find.  Guess I will try that.   Thanks.   All ideas are welcome