Dandelion Gruit (4.7%)
In our version of a classic gruit, we use dandelion greens, black peppercorns, white wheat, and lemon peel for a hopless beer which is faintly spicy, lightly bitter, and herbaceous with a delicate floral aroma. While it is hopless, it’s definitely not hopeless.
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60-minute Mash at 67°C
- 1.9L (2 qt) water, with an extra gallon (3.8 L) for sparging
- 725g (1.6 lb) Belgian Pilsner malt
- 115g (0.25 lb) White Wheat malt
- *All grains should be milled - see this page for information on milling
- 8 dandelion leaves
- 10g whole black peppercorns
- Peel from 1 lemon
- Belgian ale yeast, such as Safbrew T-58
- 65g honey, for bottling
- In a medium-sized stockpot, heat the 1.9 L (2 quarts) of water over high heat to 70°C. Combine with all the malts and stir gently. The temperature should decrease to 66°C in around 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat. Steep the grains for 60 minutes between 62°C and 67°C. Every 10 minutes or so, stir and take a temperature reading. If the temperature of the grain becomes too cold, return it to heat and stir until the temperature returns to the specified range and then take it back off the heat. With 10 minutes remaining, in a separate medium-sized stockpot heat 1 gallon (3.8 litres) water to 77°C. Once the grains have been steeped for 60 minutes, turn the heat to high and stir until the temperature hits 77°C. At this point, take it off the heat.
- Position a fine-mesh strainer over the lid of a stockpot and pour the grains into the strainer, reserving the liquid. Pour the 1 gallon (3.80 L) of 77°C water over the grains. Recirculate the collected liquid through the grains once.
- Place the pot with the liquid in on the stove and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the liquid starts to foam, lower the heat to a slow rolling boil and add the dandelion leaves. After 15 minutes, add the black peppercorns and the lemon peel should be added after 50. Prepare an ice bath by stopping the sink and filling it halfway with water and ice. After 60 minutes, take the pot off the heat and place in the ice bath, cooling it to 21°C, this should take about 30 minutes.
- Use a funnel and strainer to pour the liquid into your fermenter (remember, it MUST be sanitized). Supplement with water in order to fill the to the 1-gallon mark. Add the yeast using your hands (remember to sanitize those too!) cover the mouth of the jug with one hand, and shake to distribute evenly. Insert the sanitized stopper and tubing to the fermenter and place the other end of the tubing into a bowl of sanitizing solution. As the yeast activates, this solution will bubble as gas is forced through the tube. After 2 to 3 days, once the bubbling has reduced, replace the tubing system with an airlock. Once a further 11 days has passed, bottle your beer using the honey - see this page for bottling instructions.
Suggested Food Pairings
- Tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sea salt and roasted branzino
For 5 Gallons:
60-Minute Mash at 67°C
- 9.5 L (2½ gallons) water, with an extra 5 gallons (19 L liters) for sparging
- 3.65kg (8 pounds) Belgian Pilsner malt
- 570g (1.25 pounds) White Wheat malt
- 40 dandelion leaves
- 50g whole black peppercorns
- Peel from 5 lemons
- Belgian ale yeast, such as Safbrew T-58;
- 340g honey, for bottling