well thanks going to try it but I'm using a malt extract and hops next time.jro238 said:I have been curious for a while about trying a sweet potato beer (possibly doing something like a pumpkin ale but with sweet potatoes in addition to pumpkin). This would still have grains in it though. Per your question, yes you could. It would probably taste like alcoholic water though. I don't think you could get enough body from the potatoes especially with the sugar addition.
My wife is already complaining about the smell! I love the smell of yeast myself.unionrdr said:Sounds more like the mash they use to make some vodkas. But sweet poptatoes in a beer with spices would be fine. Just sub the sweet potatoes for pumpkin.
My thoughts exactly. I kind of thought that it would taste like watered down vodka with a little potato flavor.unionrdr said:Sounds more like the mash they use to make some vodkas. But sweet poptatoes in a beer with spices would be fine. Just sub the sweet potatoes for pumpkin.
My dad made it when I was a kid , it was better with malt and hops . But not bad plain. My next batch is going to be with a real recipe .freisste said:My thoughts exactly. I kind of thought that it would taste like watered down vodka with a little potato flavor. I suppose (like anything else) the key is balance. Adding potatoes to a beer might actually be really good, but JUST potatoes (no malt or hops) I would think would be terrible. Same goes for pumpkins. Adding a little to a beer can be great, but to ferment only pumpkin and add no hops, spices, or malt would probably not turn out favorably.
I checked my home brew this morning and it is not working as strong , I believe yeast may have been old so I'm going to pitch more yeast.unionrdr said:White potatoes are def more starchy & need enzymes from something to convert them to sugars.
Ok thanks for your advice! I will pitch that in the drain and start over with malt extract and hops ! I want a good pale ale what ingredients do you recommend ?JonM said:This might have something to do with my last post - unless you added some enzymes to the potato water to convert the starches to sugars, then there might not be much of anything to ferment, other than the sugar you added. In other words, the yeast might have fermented The added sugar, and, since the yeast can't do anything with the unconverted potato starch, it's done.
Thanks Jon I will see !JonM said:Check out pale ale recipe kits from places like Northern brewer, Austin homebrew supply, midwest, etc. Some have 1-gallon recipe kits if you dont want to do a whole five gallon batch.
Thanks union dr I may try that if I knew what amilase is I guess it's a spice ?unionrdr said:Or maybe toss in some amilase enzyme to convert the starches. Some moon shiners use that to convert corn meal starches to sugars.
No to both I'm just trying something my dad did when I was a youngster Lol!!MaxStout said:Potato beer, huh? I hope you and your fellow inmates enjoy it. :cross: Seriously, sounds interesting. How did you prepare the potatoes? Did you boil them and collect the runnings? Did you take a gravity reading?
garvinator70 said:No to both I'm just trying something my dad did when I was a youngster Lol!!
They said that would make 2 1/2 gallons, I dropped my hydrometer . I can get another one tomorrow at 1:00 can I still brew tonight and take the gravity reading tommorow ? I threw out the tater water !unionrdr said:You're gunna need more than 3.3lbs of that extract for 5 gallons. Might be light even for 3G.
and it didn't take long to break it . When I go get my Hydrometer tomorrow I may buy another 3.3 lbs is that enough hops and yeast for 5 gal. ?MaxStout said: