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(Huffington Post)   Going camping or hiking but don't want to schlep heavy cans of beer? Now there's dehydrated beer concentrate -- just add water. Hooray science. Hooray beer   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 52
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2013-08-12 06:50:29 PM  
So crystal clear beer over ice?

I guess they'll sell some just for novelty.
 
2013-08-12 06:53:37 PM  
So... Coors Light?
 
2013-08-12 07:19:24 PM  
Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.
 
2013-08-12 07:19:46 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: So... Coors Light?


Hahahahaaha... - you drank Coors Light.
 
2013-08-12 07:44:32 PM  
If I go camping with someone and they show up with that, they're going to play an involuntary game of snipe hunting.
 
2013-08-12 07:52:26 PM  
Why stop there?  If you're trying to shave weight, you should bring some of this as well:
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2013-08-12 07:58:46 PM  
images.wikia.com
 
2013-08-12 08:02:32 PM  
Bah, too much work for not enough reward.

Bring a CamelBak full of hard liquor and you'll be set.
 
2013-08-12 08:02:55 PM  
Wait, how do you re-hydrate alcohol? Or is it more like adding water to dilute purell?
 
2013-08-12 08:05:12 PM  
Why not just put some pop rocks in it for carbonation?
 
2013-08-12 08:09:57 PM  

Somaticasual: Wait, how do you re-hydrate alcohol? Or is it more like adding water to dilute purell?


I suspect it's more like juice concentrate. It's probably sludge, not powder.

/I'd try it if someone else brought it along, but I'm not curious enough to buy it myself.
 
2013-08-12 08:13:42 PM  

ZoeNekros: Somaticasual: Wait, how do you re-hydrate alcohol? Or is it more like adding water to dilute purell?

I suspect it's more like juice concentrate. It's probably sludge, not powder.

/I'd try it if someone else brought it along, but I'm not curious enough to buy it myself.


It's also probably at least 150 proof in concentrate. That'll be fun to try to sell where most beer is sold.
 
2013-08-12 08:18:04 PM  
I don't think they thought this idea entirely through. You still have to carry the water with you, so how are you carrying less weight? It's not like you can just get water out of any local stream or creek, unless you're going to boil it and wait for it to cool off.
 
2013-08-12 08:21:00 PM  

OregonVet: MaudlinMutantMollusk: So... Coors Light?

Hahahahaaha... - you drank Coors Light.


It was a hot day and I was thirsty enough to drink anything cold

/I'm not proud
 
2013-08-12 08:32:26 PM  

Kyosuke: ZoeNekros: Somaticasual: Wait, how do you re-hydrate alcohol? Or is it more like adding water to dilute purell?

I suspect it's more like juice concentrate. It's probably sludge, not powder.

/I'd try it if someone else brought it along, but I'm not curious enough to buy it myself.

It's also probably at least 150 proof in concentrate. That'll be fun to try to sell where most beer is sold.


If its a gel, it exists in a legal grey area where its not subject to alcohol taxes but also doesnt have to be denatured.

www.couponqueenoftexas.com
 
2013-08-12 08:48:58 PM  

dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.



Just making sure this was covered.
 
2013-08-12 08:50:58 PM  

Wulfman: dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.


Just making sure this was covered.


Scotch is the perfect camping beverage.  And weed travels even lighter.
 
2013-08-12 08:51:08 PM  
came for the red stripe beer guy leaving disappoint.
 
2013-08-12 08:56:51 PM  
That is Way...Way Out.
 
2013-08-12 09:09:00 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I don't think they thought this idea entirely through. You still have to carry the water with you, so how are you carrying less weight? It's not like you can just get water out of any local stream or creek, unless you're going to boil it and wait for it to cool off.


Most backpackers carry a Ketadyne or other water purification pump.  I've used one for years and never got sick while backpacking.

Weed weighs a lot less than whiskey for all you ultra-light hikers.
 
2013-08-12 09:09:33 PM  
Huh. It's like when brandy was created by Dutch merchants, when they realized they could distill wine to fit more product onto their ships. It was intended to be watered back down on arrival, but no one bothered. I wonder what this stuff is like straight?
 
2013-08-12 09:17:15 PM  

buckler: Huh. It's like when brandy was created by Dutch merchants, when they realized they could distill wine to fit more product onto their ships. It was intended to be watered back down on arrival, but no one bothered. I wonder what this stuff is like straight?


Really bitter hoppy whiskey?
 
2013-08-12 09:40:24 PM  

Kyosuke: ZoeNekros: Somaticasual: Wait, how do you re-hydrate alcohol? Or is it more like adding water to dilute purell?

I suspect it's more like juice concentrate. It's probably sludge, not powder.

/I'd try it if someone else brought it along, but I'm not curious enough to buy it myself.

It's also probably at least 150 proof in concentrate. That'll be fun to try to sell where most beer is sold.


So... just drink the concentrate. Save yourself the work and get a faster buzz.

Campers and hikers are morons.
 
2013-08-12 09:42:17 PM  
dumb idea but i liked the part where the chick with the nice rack was shaking the bottle
 
2013-08-12 09:54:37 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Bah, too much work for not enough reward.

Bring a CamelBak full of hard liquor and you'll be set.


Meh, too much weight and volume for not enough reward.

Bring an OZ of the stickey ickey and you'll be set.
 
2013-08-12 10:06:31 PM  

dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.


This. A small flask of Stroh 80, and you can enjoy whatever beverage you like with a significant kick added to it. No need for gimmicks, pseudo-carbonation, or overpriced dehydrated swill.
 
2013-08-12 10:14:48 PM  
Can alcohol even exist in a powdered form? ... reads article ... hm, so they dehydrate during the fermentation phase ... interesting, but ...
 
2013-08-12 10:30:40 PM  
Beer is water.
 
2013-08-12 10:37:19 PM  
I have actually tried this, at the Outdoor Retailer show in SLC.

Pat had two different flavors - I tried the black ale....and liked it.  Actually, the guy who owns the company mixed up a pint, and several of us gave it a shot.

Pretty much everyone liked it.  If I recall correctly, it was 55 proof.  Pat said that he could have made it stronger, but the government dictates that servings of alcohol have a minimum size.  Might be 50 ml?

The reasoning is pretty solid - they can actually dehydrate any alcohol and rehydrate it, at pretty much the same flavor.

The thing I thought about was this - space travel.  Beer is too heavy to shoot into space, but this means all of you that signed up could have an IPA on your way to Mars.
 
2013-08-12 11:14:44 PM  
FormlessOne:
dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.

This. A small flask of Stroh 80, and you can enjoy whatever beverage you like with a significant kick added to it. No need for gimmicks, pseudo-carbonation, or overpriced dehydrated swill.



I had a friend who was infamous for bringing 190 proof grain alcohol and powdered drink mix on camping trips. We called it bug juice.

We typically regretted it in the morning.
 
2013-08-12 11:16:39 PM  

dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey marijuana? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.


And no cans or bottles to pack out.  Just be careful with hot ash around dry leaves and such.
 
2013-08-12 11:27:46 PM  
A lump of hash and a stone pipe.
 
2013-08-12 11:33:56 PM  

unyon: Wulfman: dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.


Just making sure this was covered.

Scotch is the perfect camping beverage.  And weed travels even lighter.


I have a hard time holding my weed unless in a familiar environment. Like my own house. Once I get outdoors I start getting paranoid for some reason. However, I am in this year's induction class for the Booze-Holding Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. But yes, you are technically correct in that weed travels lighter. And as we all know, that's the best kind of correct.

One thing about booze though - the load must be shared. I'm not lugging two farking 1.75s of scotch up a mountain just so you assholes can drink all of it. Pack your own fifth and we'll all share.

/if camping alone I'd probably just bring some LSD. Talk about travelling light. I probably wouldn't even mind when that bear I've been whistling at like he were a puppy comes to eviscerate me.
 
2013-08-12 11:37:54 PM  
I'll be happy to "concentrate" your beer for you. Just give me about a half hour, or an hour if you want it re-chilled.
 
2013-08-12 11:55:32 PM  

jso2897: I'll be happy to "concentrate" your beer for you. Just give me about a half hour, or an hour if you want it re-chilled.


Does it taste like Stella Artois?
 
2013-08-12 11:55:55 PM  

grimlock1972: came for the red stripe beer guy leaving disappoint.


Too explicit. No need to explain the obvious joke that was written directly into the headline.
 
2013-08-13 12:15:04 AM  

maxheck: FormlessOne:
dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.

This. A small flask of Stroh 80, and you can enjoy whatever beverage you like with a significant kick added to it. No need for gimmicks, pseudo-carbonation, or overpriced dehydrated swill.


I had a friend who was infamous for bringing 190 proof grain alcohol and powdered drink mix on camping trips. We called it bug juice.

We typically regretted it in the morning.


Half of my SCA career was spent drinking such swill (gratefully.) Good old "Purple Passion" - Everclear & grape Kool-Aid - along with various other forms of popskull made subsistence camping worthwhile (I spent much of my early SCA career near-broke.) Compared to that kind of crap, Stroh 80 goes down like a well-aged Cab.
 
2013-08-13 12:32:23 AM  

MJMaloney187: Can alcohol even exist in a powdered form? ... reads article ... hm, so they dehydrate during the fermentation phase ... interesting, but ...


Not to my knowledge. Even the phrase, "dehydrated alcohol", simply means "pure ethanol". As described on their website, you're looking at a thick liquid concentrate which contains a small amount of pure ethanol.

If they keep the concentrate pouches to about 1.5 oz and target a 16 oz serving, similar to what they offer for their non-alcoholic concentrates, then about half the contents of the pouch would be ethanol, and the other half would be the product of their low-volume fermentation, depending on the target percentage - the average American beer is about 5%. If they're shooting for a light beer (4% ABV), then just .64 oz would be enough ethanol, giving them about .86 oz for other components.

Either way, I'd sooner chug a Bud Ice.
 
2013-08-13 12:42:44 AM  

FormlessOne: maxheck: FormlessOne:
dickfreckle: Why not just bring whiskey? It's light compared to beer, doesn't need to be cold, and most definitely farks you up.

This. A small flask of Stroh 80, and you can enjoy whatever beverage you like with a significant kick added to it. No need for gimmicks, pseudo-carbonation, or overpriced dehydrated swill.


I had a friend who was infamous for bringing 190 proof grain alcohol and powdered drink mix on camping trips. We called it bug juice.

We typically regretted it in the morning.

Half of my SCA career was spent drinking such swill (gratefully.) Good old "Purple Passion" - Everclear & grape Kool-Aid - along with various other forms of popskull made subsistence camping worthwhile (I spent much of my early SCA career near-broke.) Compared to that kind of crap, Stroh 80 goes down like a well-aged Cab.


I once went to Pennsic and sampled some punch with fruit mixed in. The fruit absorbed the ethanol; you could drink the liquid all night, but if you ate the fruit, you were doomed.
 
2013-08-13 01:47:07 AM  
Having just carried myself and my gear up and down Cumberland Gap, I'm getting kick blah blah blah..

/don't drink
//weed is plenty lightweight
 
2013-08-13 02:03:51 AM  
I just find a nearby moonshiner and get some of his product.
 
2013-08-13 03:25:17 AM  
beer makes me thirsty.
 
2013-08-13 06:14:35 AM  
Finally, a way to know when my beer is as cold as the Rockies!
 
2013-08-13 06:48:58 AM  
Just add air!

/roger
wilco
 
2013-08-13 07:01:07 AM  

ReapTheChaos: I don't think they thought this idea entirely through. You still have to carry the water with you, so how are you carrying less weight? It's not like you can just get water out of any local stream or creek, unless you're going to boil it and wait for it to cool off.


Serious campers do that I'm sure.

Dunno if serious campers wants to drink beer though.

---

I wonder if that "time to drink my own pee" guy would find it better in beer?
 
2013-08-13 07:14:14 AM  

Mentalpatient87: Having just carried myself and my gear up and down Cumberland Gap, I'm getting kick blah blah blah..

/don't drink
//weed is plenty lightweight


yeah was going to say most hikers i've run into just carry weed or nothing, any extra ounce of weight is a killer on trails when doing serious mileage, it sucks enough carrying water much less beer

at the most, you might carry beer for 1 hiking day, and then you either drink it all that night or try to get others to carry it

if say, you wanted beer on day 3,4,5,etc.? who the hell would carry warm beer for that long?
 
2013-08-13 08:26:24 AM  

Lurk sober post drunk: dumb idea but i liked the part where the chick with the nice rack was shaking the bottle


Shake weights.
Yeah, she knows.
She's in on it.
 
2013-08-13 09:45:49 AM  

ReapTheChaos: I don't think they thought this idea entirely through. You still have to carry the water with you, so how are you carrying less weight? It's not like you can just get water out of any local stream or creek, unless you're going to boil it and wait for it to cool off.


Right, because in order to drink water from a stream, lake, river, or natural spring, someone would have to invent a cheap, light water filter for backpacking (google product search) that filters out all the bad stuff making it safe to drink.  No way that will ever happen!
 
2013-08-13 10:58:21 AM  

AdamK: Mentalpatient87: Having just carried myself and my gear up and down Cumberland Gap, I'm getting kick blah blah blah..

/don't drink
//weed is plenty lightweight

yeah was going to say most hikers i've run into just carry weed or nothing, any extra ounce of weight is a killer on trails when doing serious mileage, it sucks enough carrying water much less beer

at the most, you might carry beer for 1 hiking day, and then you either drink it all that night or try to get others to carry it

if say, you wanted beer on day 3,4,5,etc.? who the hell would carry warm beer for that long?


Oh hell yes. I noticed every apple, every soda, and every bit of melted ice we got rid of. Lugging a little cooler with a strap up 2k ft in elevation and 3 and a half miles blows dick. Worth it, though. Onion bombs for dinner one night, balsamic marinated chicken the other, and steak and eggs for breakfast. It was a lot easier to carry back down.
 
2013-08-13 01:30:41 PM  
Dehydrated beer + dirty creek water = Miller High Life...
 
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