You will need beer for this. The original recipe I copied down years ago called for a bottle of “amber beer”. I imagine this is because at the time the recipe was written the only beer choices available were American Light Lagers (think Budweiser/MGD) and foreign beers from England and Germany if you were lucky enough to live in an urban environment with a specialty alcohol store. These days, between the internet and our growing craft beer industry, we have a ton of options available to us. So, step away from the mass produced fermented corn syrup water and go with something that actually tastes like beer.