Over the years while fruit-infused brew has been increasing in popularity at bars and parties, people are starting to wonder how to brew apple beer. Brewmasters are becoming more experimental with fruit-based beers, so it’s time that homebrew novices and pros alike try their hand at apple-influenced suds. While there are a variety of recipes and techniques, here’s a fantastic way to brew a delicious apple beer, perfect for springtime gatherings or summer barbecues.
Before getting started, there will be some basic equipment and supplies needed for brewing and fermenting the apple beer:
- Large stainless steel pot for boiling water
- Large heat resistant spoon
- 5 gallon glass fermentation bottle with seal and rubber stopper
- Siphon tubing, for bottling the apple beer after its fermented
- Bottle capper, with caps and bottles
This particular recipe also calls for the following ingredients:
- 6.6 lbs. of John Bull light malt extract (okay to substitute another brand)
- 1 lb. of corn sugar
- 2 oz. of Hallertauer hops (for boiling)
- ½ oz. of Hallertauer hops (for finishing)
- 12 lbs. of apples (9 lbs. Granny Smith, 3 lbs. Macintosh)
- 2 packs of Edme ale yeast
- ¾ cup of corn sugar (for priming)
- Prepare all of the ingredients. All of the necessary pieces should be ready to go and within reach as timing is an important part of brewing any type of beer.
- Wash and cut up the apples. There will be plenty of apples for this brew, and each one should be cut into approximately eight to ten slices. This will release the flavors and aromas of each fruit, intensifying their effect on the beer.
- Measure 1 ½ gallons of cold water and pour into the pot. This should be a specific measurement, as everything needs to fit correctly in the fermentation bottle afterwards.
- Add in 2 oz. of Hallertauer hops to the water. Bring this to boil.
- Once water is boiling, add 6.6 lbs. malt extract and 1 lb. corn sugar. Allow the ingredients to boil for 40 minutes.
- Add all of the sliced apples, along with the extra ½ oz. of Hallertauer hops for finishing the beer. This should steep for 15 minutes, soaking in the flavor and scent.
- Pour this mixture (the wort) into 3 ½ gallons of cold water in the fermenting bottle. Add in the yeast and seal the bottle.
- Allow the apple beer to ferment for three weeks. The combined yeast and wort will gradually mature over time.
- Using the siphon hose, draw the beer out into the bottles. Fill each container and seal using the bottle capper.
- After bottling, give the apple brew another two weeks to condition and carbonate.
- It’s been a painstaking and long-winded process, but now it’s ready to enjoy! Crack one open, pour into a pint glass, and taste the fruit of success. Hopefully it turned out as great as it sounds.