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Mains Beer?

My head occasionally says "what about mains-beer?". Instead of buying stuff to take home, you have a beer-tap on the sink. Here is how it might work: You build a distribution centre, which may just be storage, but could also be a brewery, and run pipes around a nearby residential area. Each home has a beer-meter like a water-meter which is data-linked to a consumer-unit on a beer-tap on a sink. The distribution-point provides mains-beer under gravity, consumption of which is measured by the meter and data is fed to the consumer-unit. That box displays beer consumption, and via a radio-link informs the distribution-point. Periodically the lines will need to be flushed, here's how that would work: > The centre switches the supply from beer to water, which is coloured with a harmless-dye, and radios the consumer-units which display the message "free beer" whilst playing Happy Hour. Consumers vigorously empty the lines while it's free. When the water hits the meter-unit an optical-sensor calls the consumer-unit to shut off via a solenoid-valve, the consumer-unit reports back to the distribution-centre that water has reached it. After a set period the distribution-centre radios the units which haven't yet reported water to open (solenoid). Any units failing to give an adequate response within a reasonable period are radioed to display a "fault" message and flagged for a service-visit. The distribution-centre then switches supply to cleaning-fluid, and messages all consumer-units to display "cleaning!" and open up (solenoid). Once sufficient flow has gone through each meter, they shut off (solenoid) and radio-back. Then a water-flush follows in a similar way. Once the lines have been cleaned, the supply is switched back beer, the consumer units run until they no longer read "water", plus a bit more to clear dead-volume between meter and tap. Then the consumer-units display "read to dispense fresh beer". Pros: Beer is chilled by the ground in which piping is laid No packaging-costs (cans / bottles / kegs) Less transport costs Drinkers have an almost unlimited supply enabling them to drink more than they might otherwise. No more beer runs when the game runs long or uninvited guests show up (Re-design) Consumer units can display total quantities dispensed, with cost and "don't you think you've had enough?" Cons: Initial infrastructure cost It'll work best with poor quality-beer Well?

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Speights beer

My last name is Speights. I have wanted to get my hands on a twelve pack of Speights beer in a can.  There is some kind of ban on that beer in the US.  Is there anyone out there who can help me?  Can pay, barter, or exchange with you something not illegal. 

Topic by dalegribble  

Beer Battleship

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum to post this.  I want to make a portable Beer Battleship game for my friends coming home party.  I attached and image of the basic setup for the game. I need some input on how I could make this setup portable. I would want three pieces of plywood that stack together with hinges at the bottom.  When you opened the game up two pieces would lay flat on the table with the middle piece sticking straight up at a 90 degree angle.  I just can't think of how I can make it stand up straight while still making it portable.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Beer Pong!

I'm a college kid hoping for a fun project this summer! Anyone have any neato ideas for a badass beer pong table? I will be building one this summer and I will be sure to post it! : )

Topic by brooksgrl    |  last reply

Beer Mat Collectors?

Does anyone else on instructables collect beer mats? I just started as I love ale and have seen loads of cool designs. I thought I'd post to see if anyone else on here collects and would like to swap some of their duplicates for some of mine?

Topic by Jayefuu    |  last reply

Beer drinking robot

Just got the new Instructables book Awesome projects from unexpected places and look whats on page one, I knew someone was drinking all my beer!

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High voltage beer

Whilst browsing the net doing some research, I came across this video.Watch the fluid currents created by the electrical currents.Cool.(And, please, no comments about wasting beer - it looks like it's only a lager.)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Oktoberfest Beer Instructables

Oktoberfest is underway! To celebrate the beer-fueled festival we've compiled some of our favorite beer-themed Instructables. From making it to storing it to dealing with a hangover, we have plenty of info to help you thrive and survive in these difficult times. Check them out and be safe, everyone, drinking and power tools don't match. How to Make Beer by imarunner2 Why spend so much cash on beer in bottles when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost? Sure, there's more effort, but you'll be able to experiment with new flavors and always have plenty to share with friends. How to Brew Beer by moaner70 In case one way to make beer wasn't enough, here's another take on the issue. With some supplies and a little time you'll be ready to go! Keg Lathe by fredan Get a keg (legally!) and use this Instructable to cut a clean hole in it. Then use the keg to brew the beer. The cycle is complete! 2 tap Cornelius Kegerator by g0mikese So you've made some beer and you don't want to mess around with bottling it? Then check out this method of converting a fridge into a kegerator and have two types of beer on tap! Turning a Toy into a Kegerator Bar Gun by Unabill This toy is meant for shooting soda, but with a bit of hacking you can have it dispensing your own beer in no time. How to open a bottle of beer without a bottle opener by lebowski So you bottled your own beer or maybe you just bought some at the store. The only thing you forgot is a bottle opener, but learn this simple method and you'll see that bottle openers are all around you! Also included is a trick for opening a bottle of wine with string. Break away beer bottles! by FreakCitySF Freak out others by smashing a fake bottle over a friend's head. Be sure to get him in on the idea first, OK? BeerCan Chicken by b_uddy Use a can of perfectly moderately decent beer to cook up a chicken. The results are moist and delicious. Thai style Chicken BBQ cooked outside in 10-15 minutes by dandym BeerCan Chicken a little too slow and not fiery enough for you? Then try burying the whole thing in hay and setting it on fire! Oh, and be careful if you try this one. Cool Little Miniature Stove! by NK5 Use those leftover cans to create your own little camping stove. Make Shingles and Siding Out of Aluminum Cans (Beer Can Roof) by robbtoberfest Have a few hundred leftover cans? Go crazy and build a new roof for a shed. How to cure a hangover by zieak Above it all, be safe and watch yourself. No use throwing away a perfectly good building day by slowly recovering from the previous night. Follow the tips in this Instructable, and its comments, to enjoy the whole weekend.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Hot Sauce Beer

Hot Sauce Beer wasn't quite right for a slideshow, but I am hoping that it will really find its' stride in the forums.Despite what you may think, this is a good idea, and it's actually pretty tasty. It's called a Michelada in Spanish.I swear I am not crazy - Wikipedia and Mexico agree.

Topic by noahw    |  last reply

Beer bottle capacitors? Answered

What is the average capacitance of a salt water beer bottle capacitor?

Question by The MadScientist    |  last reply

Ginger Beer not working?

Hey all, i have a ginger beer that i made. first ferment: Ginger, Sugar, water. then i split & filtered into 2 separate containers #1 added 500g honey, 500g sugar, & 1pkt yeast  (1080 SG) #2 added 850g Golden Syrup, 500g Sugar & 1pkt yeast. (1095 SG) both are airtight and have new airlocks and tubs have been sterilized.  the first one is working fine. the second one however looks like it is "eating" the yeast

Question by furby    |  last reply

how to make alcohlic beer?

Hi...In my location there is a beers but ( non alcoholic) ! Can some one tell me how to make it alcoholic beers?Is it possible?

Question by safari62    |  last reply

proper Ginger beer plant?

Any kind person prepared to send me a small original  ginger beer plant. I'm in the UK and will meet any cost involved.

Question by tadgerpoppy  

Beer cap gift ideas? Answered

I want to give my best friend a gift that somehow incorporates a metal beer bottle cap that has some sentimental value.  Does anyone have any ideas?  It can be anything (aesthetic or practical, I have no preference).  Thank you in advance!

Question by SirNoodlehe    |  last reply

What is your beer like?

In the 1970's beer in the UK started turning bad. Fed-up the increasingly poor quality of beer that was too fizzy, had no character and no taste - some guys formed what was to become CAMRA.Largely due to CAMRA's efforts there are now a lot of independent breweries and several pubs selling their beers in my local area. I can get a good choice in several pubs in the town and village, last night I was at a small beer-festival - they had 63 beers on the list.This guy has a lot of information on the beer near me.In addition to 'real ale' a lot of these pubs have a wide range of bottled-beers such as European lagers. Then there are some bars that stick mainly to these imported beers.(You can drink fizzy tasteless stuff in plenty of bars of course)So what is the booze like where you are?

Topic by lemonie    |  last reply

Peanut Butter & Jelly Beer!

Short's Brewery has a Peanut Butter and Jelly Beer.  My favorite sandwich of all time is the PB&J.;  And, why not? Beer = Liquid Bread. I'm thinking of making my own. I've been homebrewing for about 5 years now, thanks to this instructable:  (check it out). Maybe an American Rye with peanut powder and some sort of fruit added. Blackberry? Strawberry? Thoughts? Suggestions? Does this make you say "mmmm" or "blegh!!!"? P.S. Yes, I know Peanut Butter and Jelly is an American idea. Marmite Beer is not appealing to me in the slightest.

Topic by marcward86    |  last reply

Beer Tab Chainmail armor

 Looks like someone took the chainmaille Instructable to a whole new level with this bit of armor made from a ton of beer tabs. He even managed to get yellow and green tabs to add a design to it. Great job! Link

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Beer, brewing, bottling, and CO2

This started as an unrelated comment thread on a post about freezing blueberries. It seems like such a great topic I created this forum for it. Brewers? Ideas? Beergnome: I do it for a living ;) we force carbonate as a rule. we only naturally carbonate for special order casks. our economy of scale doesn't allow otherwise.. fezrock it is possible to create a counter pressure rig for judging bottles for your homebrew, I'm sure there is an instructable for it,, if not there should be. it requires you creating an envelope of CO2 in the bottle, then having a T rig that will take the beer under pressure in the bottle with counter pressure of CO2 to keep the dissolved CO2 in the beer in solution. Its a bit of work, but if you care about competition at all. a clean bottle always bumps up the score. Fezrock: Nice career! I'm still quite the novice, but practice makes better! As to your question, I haven't seen anything like it. Topping the bottle out with CO2 would help the end product, but wouldn't do much for pressure loss. Nitrogen would be similar, but whichever is the heavier gas (not sure) would be marginally better for this lo-tech solution. On a small scale, if a sealed environment could be created to fit your capper around your cap, more gas pressure could be applied. I imagine an upright lever capper would be needed to work that out. Thanks for that idea seed! On a larger scale, if you could cap in a larger chamber, you could set the CO2/N2 pressure in the chamber to whatever you needed it to be. This would also give you space to insert your brew without introducing air. Or just overcarbonate the brew to make up for carbonation loss to outgassing. Crazy idea: add a small amount of dry ice without freezing the brew. (you don't need leftover yeasts anyway!) It sounds like a fun experiment, and could be adjusted to suit your pressure needs.

Topic by fezrock  

10,000 bottles of beer on the wall

Here we go keep it going 10,000 bottles of beer on the wall take one down pass it a round. 9,999 bottles of beer on the wall

Topic by nanor11395    |  last reply

Beer Bottle Lock on Quirky!

Hey Instructables, Due to an overwhelming "can I buy this?" response, I've put the Beer Bottle Lock on Quirky. Please spare 5 seconds and vote for it. If it gets a lot of votes, you'll be able to buy it through the site and I'll get a cut! And I'll buy you a beer... with a lock on it... Here's the Quirky link:;=all Here's the instructable: Thanks! JON-A-TRON

Topic by JON-A-TRON    |  last reply

Newsflash: beer is now alcoholic!

From the BBC: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff. The move, signed into law on Wednesday, will allow ministers to control the sale of beer in the same way that spirits are controlled. Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization. Although vodka has long been the traditional tipple in Russia, beer has soared in popularity, being marketed as a healthier alternative to spirits. Over the past decade, beer sales in Russia have risen more than 40% while vodka sales have fallen by nearly 30%. Correspondents say it is common to see people swigging beer in the street and in parks as if they are drinking soft drinks. It is not restricted to certain stores and is sold around the clock.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Temperature Monitoring - Brewing Beer

Hello! I am new to here. I have done a bit of coding in the past, but not really delved too deeply into the hardware side of things.  I am currently brewing beer and would like to make something with a thermostat that I can attach to the outside of a plastic bucket to monitor the brewing beers temperature. The thermostat would need to have a bit of length to it. It would also be amazing to record this data on a computer. Can anyone help me out, and point me in the right direction?  Much appreciated! Thanks, Ged

Topic by GedK    |  last reply

Put on your beer goggles

My school recently bought a few pairs of "beer goggles" apparently these are goggles that when are put on simulate being drunk! How on earth does this work, "DRUNK BUSTERS Impairment Goggles™ simulate effects of impairment, including reduced alertness, slowed reaction time, confusion, visual distortion, alteration of depth and distance perception, reduction of peripheral vision, poor judgement and decision making, double vision, and lack of muscular coordination. For some people, impairment might result after as little as one drink." I will be going into the gym with my health class to attempt to play basketball tomorrow or monday. But until then I am curious as to how these work.

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Space Beer... From Outer Space

Japanese brewer Sapporo is planning on making some "space beer" from a third generation of barley grains that spent five months on the International Space Station in 2006. Only 100 bottles will be made from this crop, though, and won't be commercially available. Which is fine because it won't taste any different and would be freakishly expensive. Space Beer

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Opening Beer Bottles in Creative Ways

Check out the video! Any other different ways?  These guys were pretty thorough.

Topic by AngryRedhead    |  last reply

Human urine and beer are superficially similar...? Answered

Human urine and beer are superficially similar... Both are kinda yellow-colored. Both have bubbles, to the extent that if you shake up either you can get a good head of foam on them.  Both are mostly water. I'm convinced that there must be a scientific, logical, concrete, fundamental, causal explanation for this similarity, and one of you punks and/or eggheads is going to tell me what it is. He, she, or it, (i.e man, woman, or robot) who best answers this question for me, will be bestowed with the honor of *BEST ANSWER* for this question.

Question by Jack A Lopez    |  last reply

how to build a beer pong table?

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Root Beer - Is there any way I can make a root beer beverage from scratch?

I am in a place that does not sell Root Beer or the syrup to make it so I want to try to make it on my own.  Any suggestions?

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Global Warming Leading to Possible Beer Shortage

According to Treehugger, a warmer climate is leading to shortages in hops and barley. If all of it keeps going in the same direction, beer will be getting more expensive to make and nobody wants that. Link

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

The Growlie Project - Open Source Beer Goodness

Greatings Instructables community.   I am new to the MAKE/Instructuables space, but a long time tinkerer and I thought I would share a cool new project that myself and another long time MAKE person have started. It is called the Growlie Project and it was launched yesterday on  If you have a moment, please stop and check it out.  We would love to have your thoughts and input on how we can make this great open-source project as good as it can be! Cheers from the Growlie Team!

Topic by jlmeredith  

How long does domestic beer keep?

My dad is wondering for a Refridgerated keg, how long domestics would keep.

Question by xGzuzfreakx    |  last reply

Beer cap coffee table need hinges

So i want to make a coffee table/beer pong table.  like this So it is going to be 3' x 8' and i want to have 2 sets of legs underneath of it.  A short set for the coffee table and another set that are taller to use it as a beer pong table, or just a regular table for that matter.   So my main question is where can i find locking hinges for the Table legs?  I have found some, but don't seem to be very heavy duty.  I want them to be able to lock the legs in the horizontal position to hide them under the table while the other legs are locked in the vertical position. Also does anybody have any suggestions for cheap fiberglass or resin to coat the bottle caps.  Didn't realize how expensive the stuff is.  Cheaper is better.   

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Video: DIY Aerial Drone Beer Delivery

The world can be a harsh place, and believe it or not, there are some people out there who are more than 5 minutes away from their nearest beer! As scientists we have devoted our lives to making the world a better place, which is why we've set ourselves the challenge of building a system capable of enhancing the lives of thirsty individuals across the globe by bringing beer within their grasp! After endless minutes of researching debating the coolest way to do this, we settled on building and flying a drone to deliver the amber nectar.

Topic by dalbyman  

do you buy pop beer tops?

Hello do you buy beer and soda, pop tops if so email me please

Topic by chloespddaddy    |  last reply

Building a sun panel from beer cans

I stumbled across this sun panel made from beer cans. It's in Swedish and I'm not sure if it's been posted here before. But if you haven't seen it before please check it out. I've mailed the guy that made it and if I can get his permission I'll translate the instructions and post it here.

Topic by Argot    |  last reply

What to do with nearly 200 bottles of beer? Answered

Ok,so I have been buying this really cheap, and surprisingly good beer at Lidl called Finkbrau. The thing is it comes in a cardboard box, that contains 24 of these 0.25l bottles. And I have at least 150 if not 200 of them sitting around. The store doesn't accept returns on the bottle, and I'm a bit reluctant to throw them away.Not to mention the fact that because of their unique size, the automated recycling centers like the one in the photo below won't accept them. (The IKEA logo is because you could get free coffee and hot dogs there for every 10 bottles/cans you recycled) I was thinking of making a beer table, but the problem is that they are really short, and I would have to stack a lot of them up to get a good height. If I do go that way, I'm thinking of adding flourescent water and UV LED's to make it stand out. But what other use can you find for these little bottles?

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Can Ball jars be used for "bottling" homemade beer and wine? Answered

New lids and for a short shelf life.  Is there any reason not to?

Question by onrust    |  last reply

anyone know where to buy beer brewing supplies in netherlands or belgium????

We live over here and can't find a store via internet does anyone have a suggestion??? Thanks.

Question by maureen_cramer    |  last reply

Can I store ginger beer in screw-top metal flasks?

I used to make ginger beer as a kid in England when there was ample access to screw-top soft drink bottles, but now they are like hen's teeth. I have been saving these sturdy, metal (aluminium, I believe) screw-top flasks which seem to be lined with some plastic material. So, can I ferment my ginger beer in these flasks, as opposed to the always stipulated "glass screw tops"? I am sure they are strong enough to withstand the pressure buildup. TIA

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Welcome all to the Beer Bong Appreciation GroupHere i plan to gather as many people as people to build many different types of Beer Bongs, from the small tiny pocket size beer bongs to the massive industrial sizes.I also plan to start collaborations Instructables to get more people involved in the processSo feel free to introduce yourself and make yourself right at homeAnd remember, drink responsibility

Topic by Oily Seldon  

how to make some thing intresting out of a beer cap

I need something cool to do with beer caps cause I have so many.

Topic by balls to the wall    |  last reply

Instrutions on how to brew and make a good american beer?

Please email me at if any kows where any info is at

Question by michaeltruman83    |  last reply

Bricobarts Beer Contest: what you need to know

Hi all! I'm glad, a bit, and proud, also a bit, to point your eyes to my beer contest. Me, the whole Instructables-team and a lot of beer-producing countries are looking for all of your craziest projects that use beer. The possibilities are numerous, the potential endless. Got a new way to produce? We want to learn! Got plans to export it to a galaxy far away? We want to know! Got a thirty-foot-tall Hagar statue in your garden? We want to see! There are a lot of awesome prices, also, but we all know that's just a tiny detail. So all this is just kind of good news. But, also this contest has it's dark side. That side is me. I won't be able to comment, encourage, burn or even judge from august 25th till september 5th, since I will spend some time in a region far from cell-phones & internet. I'll be far away from you physically, and I'll try my best to do it also mentally. No worries, I'll be back, and I'll find them, those awesome projects I was hoping for. Liking this contest is just not enough. Participate, if you dare! bb

Topic by bartworker  

does anyone know how to make a beer hat??

I wont drink beer though mabye coke or somthin.........

Question by moo of the cow    |  last reply

how do i make a beer bottle into a cup?

I really like the look of beer bottles reworked into drinking glasses. how does one go about breaking the glass and making the edges less dangerous? also, a wine bottle into a jug would be neat to... any suggestions?

Question by alexish3664    |  last reply

How might I thresh barley to make beer??

I have a patch of 2-row barley growing, thickly. When ready I can mow with my tractor-mounted sickle bar mower. But how can I thresh the grain from the straw so it will still sprout, to make malt for my home brewed beer? I tried an unpowered reel lawnmower, didn't work. This year I expect to try running my snowblower on slow, using tarps to catch grain. But I expect I could construct a small thresher, Powered or not? Prefer hand power to grow my own beer.

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Make something out of a beer bottle and win up to $1000

Lucky Buddha Beer is offering up to $1000 in craft store gift cards for the best re-use of its bottles. They’ve got less than 50 entries and there’s less than a week left. Check it out:

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