If the Pilgrims had just a coffee maker, Plymouth Rock might be somewhere entirely different.
The blog (Southern Fried Science) is worth reading, just for the point-counterpoint “Sharks are Sub Par at Best” and “Deep Sea is Sub Par at Best” discussions, but the post I linked to up there is truly inspired. There was an article to this effect in All About Beer back in 2002, but it doesn’t have the same panache that these guys have. That is at least partially due to the fact that the AAB article actually suggests using real brewing ingredients.
Here’s a quick list of the materials presented by Southern Fried Science:
They suggest some sort of cereal to act as grain (I would suggest the Grape Nuts as it’s actually barley-based, but it didn’t come up in their post), Vegemite or Marmite to add a “malt” flavor, and “alfalfa or some other green roughage” to stand in the place of hops. I’ll let you read through the methods yourself, but the result is important:
A cool, smooth brew, flavored with whatever you found. It may be very bad, it may be good. It will be beer.
I’m half tempted to try this out, myself, just to see what it tastes like. This just goes to show that science is at its best when paired with creativity. After all, that’s how we get the best beer (and… apparently, this stuff).