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Free beer?

Postby Mick F » 25 Mar 2020, 7:11pm

Now that all the pubs have closed, there must be barrels of beer(s) just sitting on the stillages.
Hundreds and thousands of licenced premises all vacant with beers and lagers just sitting in barrels going stale.

What's happening to it all?
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Re: Free beer?

Postby rjb » 25 Mar 2020, 7:16pm

Will end up in the discount supermarkets like Corona beer which is being sold in certain German discount supermarkets since the association with a new virus caused sales to slump.
https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/lager-cider/corona/p24088
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Re: Free beer?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 25 Mar 2020, 7:22pm

Mick F wrote:Now that all the pubs have closed, there must be barrels of beer(s) just sitting on the stillages.
Hundreds and thousands of licenced premises all vacant with beers and lagers just sitting in barrels going stale.

What's happening to it all?

Lock ins ( probably ).

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Re: Free beer?

Postby 100%JR » 25 Mar 2020, 7:37pm

IIRC some stronger ales,Theakstons Old Peculier etc sour after 14 days or so.I'm not sure if that's 14 days after they're tapped though?
As for sitting in an untapped barrel seems like anything from 6 months to 2 years.
I'm sure the bif brewers will be OK.
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Re: Free beer?

Postby ossie » 25 Mar 2020, 8:18pm

Some pubs have been giving it away

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Re: Free beer?

Postby PH » 25 Mar 2020, 8:35pm

If it returns to the breweries, they have a verified destruction program, it'll get mixed with the rest of the waste water. They'll then get a credit on the duty which is around 50p a pint.

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Re: Free beer?

Postby fullupandslowingdown » 25 Mar 2020, 9:16pm

cue the next environmental disaster :- loads of alcoholic fishes

drunk-fish-white-background-50509657.jpg

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Re: Free beer?

Postby 661-Pete » 25 Mar 2020, 9:20pm

I would have thought, with all this need for hand sanitiser, the beer could be distilled to make raw alcohol - which could then be turned into sanitiser. "Swords into ploughshares*", sort of.

*(well I would use that cliché, wouldn't I? what with my anti-booze crusade...)
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Re: Free beer?

Postby AndyK » 26 Mar 2020, 12:41am

661-Pete wrote:I would have thought, with all this need for hand sanitiser, the beer could be distilled to make raw alcohol - which could then be turned into sanitiser. "Swords into ploughshares*", sort of.

Some of them are. https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/03/brewd ... sermaking/
Various gin distilleries around the country are doing the same, and asking for the chancellor to waive the duty on the alcohol they distill for this purpose.

My nearest local pub was selling off its real ale for £1 a pint last week (takeaway only, bring your own container). All gone now.

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Re: Free beer?

Postby PH » 26 Mar 2020, 1:07am

fullupandslowingdown wrote:cue the next environmental disaster :- loads of alcoholic fishes

drunk-fish-white-background-50509657.jpg

hahaha
I think it's twenty liters of water to make one of beer (I could be wrong, but it's a lot) so it's well watered down even before it goes for treatment.

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Re: Free beer?

Postby colin54 » 26 Mar 2020, 12:40pm

Fact is stranger than fiction, fishing with beer, worth watching all the way to the end.
7 minutes 35 long, mad as a box of frogs.
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Re: Free beer?

Postby mercalia » 26 Mar 2020, 2:43pm

maybe in Czech Republic 1.3m pints of the stuff

An appeal has been launched in the Czech Republic to "save" the equivalent of 1,305,552 pints of craft beer that will go off "within weeks" if it is not drunk.

The beer is languishing undrunk in barrels in 32 craft breweries across the country. All pubs and restaurants are closed to the public (they can serve through hatches) but customers can buy direct from breweries.

Pale lager as we know it was invented in the Czech city of Pilsen in 1842. The Czech Republic has the highest per capita beer consumption in the world.

If you’re in the Czech Republic and think you can help, see: https://zachranpivo.cz/

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Re: Free beer?

Postby pete75 » 26 Mar 2020, 6:09pm

Passed a pub yesterday with a sign outside saying open, business as usual.

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Re: Free beer?

Postby pete75 » 26 Mar 2020, 6:18pm

PH wrote:
fullupandslowingdown wrote:cue the next environmental disaster :- loads of alcoholic fishes

drunk-fish-white-background-50509657.jpg

hahaha
I think it's twenty liters of water to make one of beer (I could be wrong, but it's a lot) so it's well watered down even before it goes for treatment.


I used to make my own beer and virtually all the water you us ends up in the beer. For example making 9 gallons you'd use about five and a half gallons for the mash then use about one and a half gallons to rinse the grains making it up to about seven gallons. You then boil this with the hops for about 90 minutes. Then strain off into a fermenting bin and top up to nine gallons with water. Making allowance for evaporation in the hop boiling, liquid staying in the hops it's still likely under ten gallons of water to make nine of beer.

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Re: Free beer?

Postby fullupandslowingdown » 26 Mar 2020, 6:35pm

pete75 wrote:....
I used to make my own beer and virtually all the water you us ends up in the beer. For example making 9 gallons you'd use about five and a half gallons for the mash then use about one and a half gallons to rinse the grains making it up to about seven gallons. You then boil this with the hops for about 90 minutes. Then strain off into a fermenting bin and top up to nine gallons with water. Making allowance for evaporation in the hop boiling, liquid staying in the hops it's still likely under ten gallons of water to make nine of beer.


Rinse the grains !!!! hats of to you for doing it the proper way.
I use a wilko's kit and add an extra 5Kg of sugar to a 25L fermentation bin :D
I noticed most of wilko's beer and wine stock was gone this week, as I was thinking of another wine brewing. Put that copper pipe I've been collecting for 4 years to good use 8)