Introduction to the The Fifty Meter Beer Project

I’m starting a new project this year – my goal is to produce a beer entirely from ingredients grown on my farm. I’m planting barely & hops, using wild yeasts, and even using water from an old well. I am going to document this vlog style – yes, I’m a decade behind on the trend, but at least I can finish these quickly and get them posted in a reasonable amount of time.

The first video is a quick overview of the project, and a quick look around the farm. As I’m doing this vlog-style, I hope to put up 3 to 4 videos a month looking at how things are progressing. I do apologize for the issues with the video transitions in this intro video. Kdenlive has broken itself again (something it does regularly) and decided it only needs to render about half of the transitions. I’m going to try a different video editing suite tomorrow to see if I can get something better. So join me in this new adventure, to see if it’s a smashing success, or a colossal failure!

Follow this link for all videos in the series.

8 thoughts on “Introduction to the The Fifty Meter Beer Project

  • April 8, 2023 at 5:53 AM

    Hi, I write from Italy …… I produce my beer using my hops and creating malt from cereals (purchased not cultivated) for many years now. I had to build some tools especially for the drying and toasting of the malts … I greatly admire your project, good job!

    • April 8, 2023 at 6:09 AM

      Thank you! I’ve kept my malting setup as simple as possible for this year, as this may be a one-off project. I’d like to make a small kiln, but I’m not going that route unless I decide to do this every year

  • April 7, 2023 at 3:50 PM

    If I were to attempt this I’m thinking producing and malting enough barely would be my biggest hurdle. My concern for you is the current state of your hop yard. Though I guess hops aren’t a hard requirement for a beer.

    Hopefully you can catch something better than that wild brett to ferment the beer for you 😉

    • April 7, 2023 at 5:13 PM

      I’m planting an ~8′ x 30′ plot, which should produce 5 to 10 kg of barley, which is enough for a batch. Assuming I get any at all. Worst case scenario, I make a smaller batch of beer or malt some feed barley.

      Last year my one little hop plant yielded a kilo (~2 lbs) of dried hops…despite being planted mid-summer. So getting enough hops isn’t much of a worry. Ravines are aggressive producers.


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