Alcohol Brewing

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Alcohol Brewing incorporates two distinct stages of production, namely the relatively easy fermentation process and the more complicated distillation process.

Alcohol

It is noteworthy that alcohol does not spoil, while still providing nutritions - therefore turning excess ingredients into alcohol for storage is a valid strategy.
Imbibing alcohol however leads to visual impairment - the player character will swerve their head from left to right, which actually affects movement in the game, since it is hard to walk in a straight line without actively counteracting the movement direction chosen by the swerving head.
The amount and quality of alcohol imbibed influences the severity and duration of impairment.

Fermented Alcohol

The ratio mentioned refers to the amount of ingredients required in comparison to the alcohol received. The time refers to the duration the ingredients need to be sealed inside a barrel.
Each type of alcohol and its creation process is detailed farther down.

Item Satiety per Litre Nutrition Category Ratio Time Notes
Mead 160 Fruit 1:1 14 days
Apple Cider 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Cherry Cider 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Peach Cider 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Orange Cider 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Mango Cider 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Lychee Cider 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Grenadine 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days Basically a pomegranate cider, but with a fancy name.
Perry 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days Basically a pear cider, but with a fancy name.
Blueberry Wine 200 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Cranberry Wine 200 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Red Currant Wine 200 Fruit 1:1 7 days
White Currant Wine 200 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Black Currant Wine 200 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Saguaro Wine 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Pineapple Wine 160 Fruit 1:1 7 days
Spelt Ale 160 Fruit 5:1 14 days
Rice Ale 160 Fruit 5:1 14 days
Rye Ale 160 Fruit 5:1 14 days
Amaranth Ale 160 Fruit 5:1 14 days
Cassava Ale 160 Fruit 5:1 14 days
Breadfruit Ale 200 Fruit 1:1 7 days Despite being titled as an ale, it behaves like a wine.

Distilled Alcohol

Fermenting

Different kinds of base ingredients can be fermented to alcohol by sealing them in a barrel for a specified amount of time. These different base ingredients will result in different kinds of alcoholic beverages, each with their own type name:

  • Mead - made from honey
  • Cider and Wine - made from different kinds of fruit and berry juices
  • Ale - made from different kinds of flour fermented with water

All fermentation processes require at least a barrel, a bucket or bowl, as well as the above mentioned ingredients. Some of the these are harder to acquire then others, but generally speaking fermentation should not be attempted before entering the metal age - since barrels and buckets require a saw - and establishing a comfortably safe and well outfitted homestead.

Mead

A full barrel of honey ready for fermentation

Apart from the barrel and bucket, the only ingredient required for mead is honey. Honey can be acquired from bee hives, to ensure a sufficient supply of honey for both brewing and other usage, it is recommended to follow the Beekeeping guide and build up a well developed beekeeping enclosure.

To ferment honey into mead, it simply needs to be transferred into an empty barrel and sealed. The tooltip inside of the barrels UI will inform about the resulting amount as well as the duration the barrel will need to stay sealed. For mead, the conversion from base ingredient to alcohol is 1:1, meaning even just one litre of honey will turn into 1 litre of mead. The sealing duration however is exactly 14 days regardless of the sealed amount. Since honey doesn't spoil, there is therefore no reason to ferment in small increments, instead the player could wait until gathering a full barrel.


Cider and Wine

A full barrel of lychee juice ready for fermentation

Making cider and wine requires a bit more preparation before the fermentation process can start. Specifically, fruit can not be fermented in its raw state, it needs to be turned into juice first. This however requires a Fruit Press. Once fruit juice was procured from the raw fruit, the following process is much like the one for mead.
To ferment fruit juice into cider or wine, it simply needs to be transferred into an empty barrel and sealed. The tooltip inside of the barrels UI will inform about the resulting amount as well as the duration the barrel will need to stay sealed. For cider or wine, the conversion from base ingredient to alcohol is 1:1, meaning even just one litre of juice will turn into 1 litre of cider or wine. The sealing duration however is exactly 14 days regardless of the sealed amount. Raw fruit itself will spoil rather quickly, the juice made from the fruits however does not. Therefore cider and wine are not specifically a method for preserving fruit nutrition and instead more of a prestige process.


Ale

A full barrel of water with spelt flour, ready for fermentation

To brew ale, a barrel, a liquid container as well as an amount of flour is required. Only specific types of flour can be used for fermentation, specifically:

  • spelt
  • cassava
  • rye
  • rice
  • amaranth

Flax and sunflower flour cannot be used to ferment ale.

To craft flour, a quern is needed, which in turn requires full stone blocks and therefore a metal pickaxe. Since the quern can be powered by hand, automation is not required.
To ferment flour into ale, a barrel needs to be filled with water and flour in a 1:1 ration, meaning 1 litre of water requires 1 flour. However, the ingredients will not be turned into alcohol with the same ratio, meaning unlike for mead and cider, it requires more base ingredients to acquire the same amount of alcohol. The actual ratio is 5:1, which means it requires 5 litres of water and 5 flour to make 1 litre of ale - therefore 1 litre of water and 1 flour results in 0.2 litres of alcohol. This process can be done in 1 litre steps, however due to the long shelf life of flour there is no urgent need to turn flour into alcohol immediately.
The fermentation process takes 14 days regardless of the amount of ingredients.

Fruit-breadfruit.png Protip:
While breadfruit turns into an alcohol titled 'Ale', it does not actually follow the same mechanics of flour based ales and instead behaves like a fruit wine instead.


Video Tutorials

General Brewing Explanation


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