A while back I ventured to the Wild Brew Fest in Santa Barbara, California. The event had an array of wild ferments to taste and explore. My favorite was the coriander ale from Stove Top Brews. The method is this: Brew a gallon of beer using just brown sugar, water, orange peel, coriander and beer yeast. Not too intimidating? I didn't think so. So here is what I did:
• 1.1 lbs brown sugar
• 1 gallon water
• peel from 1 orange
• 8 grams slightly crushed coriander seeds
• ¼ packet beer yeast or make your own (this will be another post)
• 6 grams of your favorite hops (optional)
1. Bring water to a boil. Add brown sugar, coriander seeds and orange peel. Optional, add hops.
2. Remove from heat, cover and cool in a ice bath to 70-80 degrees.
3. Strain into a 1 gallon glass jug.
4. Add yeast.
5. Cover jug with stopper and air lock.
6. Wait 10 days.
7. Bottle your beer with half a teaspoon of white sugar in each bottle.
8. Wait 14 days. Beer should be ready to drink.
Now, I have to be honest. Lauren and Ashley really liked the end result. I wasn't as impressed. I wanted it to be a little less acidic. Many factors can contribute to the overall taste of the beer. I personally feel I might have added too much yeast from the packet this time around. So, I've already got another batch brewing in hopes that I can improve the taste. Happy brewing!
Photos by Lauren Ross