Sunday, 17 June 2012

Pineapple Beer (Pynappelbier)

I continue my drinks series with Pineapple Beer - refreshment with a kick! This drink is popular throughout Africa and is usually brewed for special occasions and other festivities. Seeing that it is Fathers Day, why not make some Pineapple Beer? Just beware - unlike my Ginger Beer recipe, this beer this one does generate quite a bit of alcohol and is not recommended for children!




Pineapple Beer (Pynappelbier)
Makes about 7 litres
Recipe from: A Taste of Tradition by Magdaleen van Wyk & Pat Barton


Ingredients:

  • skin and flesh of 1 large pineapple, chopped
  • 7 litres lukewarm water
  • 500 g white sugar
  • 75 ml raisins
  • 10 ml active dry yeast

Method:

  1. Wash the skin of the pineapple thoroughly before chopping it up, as well as the flesh. In a large container, stir the sugar and water until dissolved. Add the chopped pineapple and raisins and give a good stir. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir well and cover with a lid or a clean tea towel and leave it to ferment for 24 hours. Strain through a muslin cloth into clean plastic soda bottles. Cap the bottles after 12 hours and leave for another day or two before refrigerating. Remember to release the excess gas from the capped bottles at least twice a day. Keeps in the fridge for about one week.


Note: I know 7 litres is quite a lot for the smaller kitchen. You can easily have this recipe though. 

18 comments:

  1. thx so much! LOVE u'r blog! SA supporter!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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  2. I can't wait to do this!

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    1. Awesome! Please let me know how it went!

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  3. Hi Kitchenboy.

    Is the yeast an essential ingredient?
    Just made some now and do not have yeast.

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  4. yes. I just visited the site 3 min ago. i'm a South African, but I don't live in Hounslow. I'm in Northolt. No you don't need yeast. The skin of the pineapple has a natural wild yeast.

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    1. I want to make this and distribute to bars in the area. Couple of questions...

      1. Would it be possible to keg this beer?
      2. If so, how long would the beer last?
      3. Is there any way to stop the fermentation once the beer is ready.

      Thanks! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    2. I live in the Caribbean and have access to great, local pineapple year-round.

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    3. Can I add some Vodka. to give more kick?

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  5. Hi Kitchenboy

    I love pineapple beer. Can I make it without sugar.

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  6. I'm busy with my pineapple / ginger beer. I added ginger with the pineapple. Can't wait to taste.

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  7. Dear Kitchenboy,
    What percentage alcohol does the beer have after fermenting for 24h?
    Much appreciated

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    1. Elna depending on the yeast between 5%-18% if you use something like Côte des Blancs you could easaly get to about 12%.. pineaple has a lot of naturael sugar , by ading sugar you increase the alchol to the max the culture can handel . If you use champain yeast you could easely yeild 14%-19%.

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    2. Also you leave it for 4 wèeks "racking" eash week.

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  8. Making beer or wine? Ingridient and method similiar with making wine?

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  9. Making beer or wine? Ingridient and method similiar with making wine?

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