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shauntraxler 03-25-2011 05:46 PM

Summer Cucumber Brew
I'm going to try my hand at a cucumber brew for the summer. I've read every cuke thread on HBT and elsewhere over the net and I've decided to go with this:

5 Gallons

3.3lb Briess Wheat LME
1lb Light DME
8oz Honey
1oz Cascade @ 60mins

I'll probably just use Notty yeast because that's what I have on hand. Primary ferment for about a week and then rack onto ~5 pounds of peeled, and chopped cukes (with a Campden tab) for about 2 weeks.

The goal is obviously a crisp, light, summer ale drinkable for hours.

Beersmith says: 3.44%, 19IBU.

Anyone think I should add anything? Steeping grains?

BrewSpook 03-25-2011 05:49 PM

ranch dressing..... mmmmmmm :)

shauntraxler 03-25-2011 06:02 PM


Originally Posted by BrewSpook (Post 2772782)
ranch dressing..... mmmmmmm :)

Hahahahaha. Could be a good pairing huh? Hot wings with ranch and cucumber beer?

BrewSpook 03-25-2011 06:09 PM

I make a blonde that goes great with wings. as a matter of fact, thats what I am doing for dinner tonight. mmmmmm wangs

JetSmooth 03-25-2011 06:15 PM

My wife HATES cucumber. If I even thought about brewing this, I'd be out on my ass. (I loves me some cukes, personally)

edb23 03-25-2011 07:44 PM

I love this idea, just curious what's the purpose of the campden tab? I might try this out myself

shauntraxler 03-25-2011 07:58 PM


Originally Posted by edb23 (Post 2773214)
I love this idea, just curious what's the purpose of the campden tab? I might try this out myself

Well, I've never used Campden, but the little bit of reading I did led me to believe it somewhat sanitizes the cukes so I don't have to make an infusion or boil them. I could DEFINITELY be wrong. lol.

edb23 03-25-2011 08:17 PM

yeah I was thinking that but im thinking that the campden might have negative effects on the yeast? the only other times i've heard of it being used is to stop yeast from working in wine or cider when someone wants to add extra sweetness

shauntraxler 03-25-2011 08:19 PM

Right. That makes sense.

If I waited until fermentation was 100% complete in the primary, then added campden in the secondary with the cukes, would I have any yeasties left for bottle carbing? Hmmmm...

edb23 03-25-2011 08:25 PM

see that's what i'm worrying about too... I already got excited and just ordered the stuff to make this one off midwest supplies except for the campden. I'm feeling like, just with lots of other stuff the alcohol and low ph in the beer by the time its ready for secondary should get rid of any nasty stuff anyway

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