Welcome to the delightful world of homemade brewing! If you’re looking to create a refreshing and flavorful beer with a twist, this Strawberry Beer recipe is just what you need. Bursting with the subtle and dry essence of fresh strawberries, this summer brew offers a unique balance that isn’t overpoweringly sweet. With simple ingredients and a straightforward brewing process, you’ll soon have a batch of Strawberry Beer ready to enjoy. So, grab your equipment and get ready to embark on a brewing adventure that will impress your friends and delight your taste buds.
- 1 Brewing vessel
- 1 Pot for boiling
- 1 Immersion chiller or other cooling method
- 1 Fermentation vessel
- 1 Airlock and stopper
- 1 Brewing thermometer
- 1 Brewing paddle or spoon
- 1 Siphoning equipment (racking cane or auto-siphon)
- 1 Hydrometer or refractometer
- 1 Sanitization solution or cleaner
- 1 Brewing yeast
- 1 Bottles for bottling (glass or plastic)
- 1 Bottle capper or capping tool
- 1 Priming sugar
- 1 Bottle brush (for cleaning bottles)
- 1 Brewing software or calculators (optional, but useful for recipe formulation)
- 1 Funnel (for transferring liquids)
- 1 Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 Strainer or mesh bag (for filtering hops or strawberries)
- 1 Brewing log or notebook (for recording brewing details)
For the Mash – Liquor 14.5 Litres (25½ Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°c/149 °F
- 7½ lb Lager malt Quantity 3.4kg
- 1.10 lb Munich malt Quantity 750g
- 9 oz Torrified wheat malt Quantity 250g
For the Boil – 27 Litres (47½ Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 10 mins
- ⅔ oz (Hops) Challenger 7% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 16.2)
- ⅓ oz (Hops) Styrian Golding Celeia 5.5% When to add – For last 10 mins of boil (IBU 2.2)
- 1 oz (Hops) Styrian Golding Celeia 5.5% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
- 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil
To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 2 weeks at 12°C (54°F)
- 1 White Labs WLP001 California Ale
- 7.11 lb (Hops) Strawberries (Hops) – When to add – After 4 days, leave for about 1 week
- In a large brewing vessel, combine 14.5 liters (25½ pints) of water with the lager malt, Munich malt, and torrified wheat malt.
- Maintain a temperature of 65°C (149°F) and let it mash for 1 hour.
- Bring 27 liters (47½ pints) of water to a boil in a separate pot.
- Add ⅔ oz of Challenger hops at the start of the boil and let it boil for 1 hour.
- After 50 minutes of boiling, add 1 Protofloc tablet to help with clarity.
- In the last 10 minutes of the boil, add ⅓ oz of Styrian Golding Celeia hops.
- At turn off, add 1 oz of Styrian Golding Celeia hops.
Cooling and Fermentation:
- After boiling, cool the wort quickly using an immersion chiller or other cooling method.
- Transfer the cooled wort to a fermentation vessel.
- Pitch the White Labs WLP001 California Ale yeast into the fermentation vessel.
- Ferment the beer at a temperature of 18°C (64°F) for approximately 4 days.
- After 4 days of fermentation, add 7.11 lb of strawberries to the fermentation vessel.
- Leave the strawberries in the beer for about 1 week, allowing them to impart their flavors.
- After the strawberry addition, let the beer condition for an additional 2 weeks at 12°C (54°F) to allow flavors to develop and settle.
- Once the conditioning period is complete, you can proceed to bottle the beer.
- Prime the beer with an appropriate amount of priming sugar according to your preferred carbonation level.
- Fill sanitized bottles with the beer and cap them securely.
- Store the bottles in a cool, dark place for at least 4 weeks to allow for carbonation and flavor development.
- After the aging period, your Strawberry Beer will be ready to drink!
- Chill the bottles before opening, pour into a glass, and savor the refreshing flavors of the beer.
|Makes 🍻||Ready to Drink 🍺||Estimated ABV||Bitterness Rating||Color Rating|
|23 Litres (40 Pints)||4 Weeks||4.4%||18.4 IBU||8 EBC|
Unique Strawberry Twist
Unlike traditional fruity beers that can be overly sweet or overpowering, this recipe offers a subtle and dry strawberry flavor. The incorporation of fresh strawberries during fermentation adds a natural touch, elevating the beer with a unique twist that will pleasantly surprise your taste buds.
Refreshing Summer Brew
With its refreshing nature, Strawberry Beer is the ideal beverage for hot summer days. The combination of carefully selected malts, Challenger and Styrian Golding Celeia hops, and the added strawberries creates a harmonious blend that brings out the best flavors to be enjoyed during the sunny season.
Simple Ingredients, Straightforward Process
Crafting this delicious brew doesn’t require complicated ingredients or a lengthy brewing process. By following the straightforward instructions and using common brewing equipment, you can easily create a batch of Strawberry Beer to impress your friends and family.
Versatile and Enjoyable
Whether you’re an experienced homebrewer or just starting your brewing journey, this Strawberry Beer recipe offers a versatile and enjoyable experience. The subtle strawberry flavor, moderate ABV, and balanced bitterness make it a crowd-pleaser that can be appreciated by beer enthusiasts of all levels.
FAQ on Making this Strawberry Beer Recipe
How long does the mash process take?
The mash process for this recipe takes approximately 1 hour.
What is the fermentation temperature for this beer?
The recommended fermentation temperature is 18°C (64°F).
When should I add the Protofloc tablet?
The Protofloc tablet should be added during the last 15 minutes of the boil.
What type of yeast is recommended for this recipe?
The White Labs WLP001 California Ale yeast is recommended for this Strawberry Beer.
How long should I leave the strawberries in the beer during fermentation?
The strawberries should be added after 4 days of fermentation and left in the beer for about 1 week.
What is the estimated ABV (alcohol by volume) of this Strawberry Beer?
The estimated ABV of this Strawberry Beer is 4.4%.
How many pints does this recipe yield?
This recipe yields approximately 40 pints or 23 liters of Strawberry Beer.
What is the bitterness rating of this beer in IBU?
The bitterness rating of this beer is approximately 18.4 IBU.
What is the recommended conditioning time for this beer?
The recommended conditioning time for this beer is 2 weeks at 12°C (54°F).
What is the color rating of this Strawberry Beer in EBC?
The color rating of this Strawberry Beer is approximately 8 EBC.
Can I use a different type of hops instead of Challenger and Styrian Golding Celeia?
Yes, you can experiment with other hop varieties, but it may result in different flavors and aromas in the beer.