« on: April 05, 2015, 04:24:16 PM »
So, I used to think that that knowing how to brew beer would be my savior post apocalypse. Now, with the popularity of our hobby, I am not sure I will be the only brewer in my tribe.
Now, I think it won't be so much about brewing skill as the ability to source brewing ingredients. That and force. I will want to control a small army to defend my stores and take out the competition.
So, where will I get my ingredients? I need malted barley, rice or corn, and hops. Should I try to grow my own? Vertically integrated business models are hard to perfect. Then again in an agrarian economy vertical maybe the best way to go. If possible, I would prefer to concentrate on just brewing (and defending myself from the hordes.) So, I may need to buy ingredients. Should I move north to be closer to supply or will there be means to ship malt and hops across country?
My plan for yeast is to always have a batch in the fermenter. When the apocalypse comes I will at least have the yeast from the bottom of the fermenter.
For water, I will go local supply. No need to treat. People will settle for any alcohol. I'll probably have just 2 recipes; strong and mild. The mild will be for breakfast and for the ladies and children. I am expecting the water to be unsanitary. Beer will be a staple for health reasons.
I also need to learn to distill.