Can you make beer from beets?

Answered by Amado Berg

Can you make from beets? beer with beets can create a unique and flavorful brew with a beautiful ruby color. While it may not be a traditional ingredient in beer, beets can add a earthy sweetness and a hint of earthiness to the final product.

To start, you'll need 1 pound (454g) of beets. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) for about 50 to 60 minutes. Roasting the beets helps to bring out their natural sugars and intensifies their flavor. Once roasted, you can choose whether or not to peel the beets before using them in the brewing process.

In a large brew kettle, heat 4 gallons (15L) of to 150 degrees F (65.5 degrees C). This will serve as the base for your beer. It's important to maintain the correct temperature throughout the brewing process to ensure proper extraction of flavors from the ingredients.

Next, add the crushed grains to the water. The grains will provide the fermentable sugars needed for the to convert into during fermentation. You can choose a variety of grains such as barley, wheat, or oats to create a desired flavor profile. The beets can be added at this stage as well, either whole or chopped, depending on your preference.

Allow the grains and beets to mash in the water for 45 to 60 minutes. This process allows the enzymes in the grains to convert the starches into sugars, which will be later fermented by the yeast. During this time, the flavors from the beets will also infuse into the liquid, adding their unique characteristics to the beer.

After the mash is complete, you'll need to separate the liquid (known as wort) from the solids. This can be done by straining the mixture through a fine mesh bag or using a lauter tun. The wort is then boiled, and can be added to provide bitterness and aroma to balance the sweetness from the beets.

Once the boiling process is complete, the wort needs to be cooled down to a suitable temperature for yeast fermentation. This is typically around 68 to 72 degrees F (20 to 22 degrees C). Once at the desired temperature, transfer the wort to a fermentation vessel and pitch the yeast.

During fermentation, the yeast will consume the sugars in the wort and produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. This process usually takes around 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the yeast strain and desired final gravity. After fermentation is complete, the beer can be bottled or kegged, allowing it to carbonate and mature.

It's important to note that brewing beer from beets may result in a beer with a slightly higher sugar content due to the natural sugars in the beets. This can affect the final alcohol content and the overall sweetness of the beer. Adjustments to the recipe or the addition of other ingredients may be necessary to balance the flavors and achieve the desired result.

Making beer from beets is indeed possible and can be a fun and creative brewing experiment. The roasted beets can add a unique flavor and beautiful color to your brew, resulting in a beer that stands out from the crowd. So why not give it a try and see what delicious beet beer you can create!