Powdered Beer

A German brewery, Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle, has developed a powdered beer. Its rationale is that this will save on shipping costs, since eliminating the water from beer also eliminates most of its weight.

Two Daily Mail reporters tried it and claim it's actually not bad. A little flat, but drinkable.

The brewery has a history of coming out with unconventional beers, such as an anti-aging beer and a beer for bathing in.

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     Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 11, 2023
     Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

They just repurposed their "Beer for bathing in". Next there will be Beer bath bombs, and it's still gonna be the same recipe.
Posted by Yudith on 04/12/23 at 05:55 AM
I didn't think alcohol could be powderized. I remember a prank pulled by a newspaper on April Fools day several years ago when people were told to cut out an ad in the paper and soak it in water to make "instant beer". A few people said it was the best beer they've ever drank.
Posted by Brewvet on 04/12/23 at 10:22 AM
Powdered alcohol has been around since the early 1970s (iirc). The alcohol isn't dehydrated. Imagine filling a ping-pong ball with alcohol. Now imagine that it's the size of a speck of talcum powder, and the material of the ping-pong ball dissolves in water.

It's not on the market (afaik) because no one's come up with a legitimate use, at least not one which outweighs the potential for abuse. Being able to sneak it into prohibited areas (sporting events, Muslim countries, etc.) and spiking food are the first thing most people think of.

I'm interested in this powdered beer because I wonder how it would work for cooking. I usually add a bottle of beer when slow-roasting beef. It's wonderful, but a little inconvenient because I don't drink beer (tastes like moldy bread), and it's hard to find a place that can/will sell only one bottle. I always wind up with five out of a six pack sitting in my fridge for months.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/12/23 at 01:22 PM
Phideaux, it will be a bit tricky to find a ping-pong ball that will readily dissolve in H2O but not at all in alcohol; the molecules are very similar. The material of the ping-pong ball could be expensive or difficult to obtain / work with.

Any convenience store should have single quarts of beer (at least, where I am). You might not need it all, but since it's open you'll probably throw away the rest, solving the problem.

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/13/23 at 10:19 AM
Virtual -- I was resisting looking it up (such things often become rabbit holes), but fortunately, the first place I looked had the info: they use maltodextrin.

Posted by Phideaux on 04/13/23 at 07:05 PM
Phideaux: Yes, Wikipedia to the rescue. I can see "powered alcohol" being quite dangerous for retail. Pure ethanol is used and there's no taste – or it's totally different, at least. The sensations from drinking some volume of liquid that everyone is used to aren't there. You know people would try every permutation of ingestion allowed by the laws of physics. The thing would go until the news stories started coming out about people poisoning themselves; then it would fade away.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/14/23 at 12:16 PM
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