Skip to main content

Vegan Beer

Our home made organic hops & lavender beer!

Sime has been passionate about real ale for many years, but unfortunately - not a lot of it is vegetarian, let alone vegan...

Most breweries use fish finings (isinglass) or egg whites to clear their beer...

We don't use anything & within 3 weeks of making - it is sparkling clear & ready to drink!

This recipe contains approx 200g dried hops, 100g dried lavender, 2kg malt extract, 1kg raw sugar & 5 teaspoons of dried yeast & along with about 25 litres of filtered water makes just over 40 pints of delicious home brew...
We simmer the hops & lavender  for about an hour in our largest pan (holds about 5 litres). Put the malt extract & sugar into the fermenting bin with more boiled water, then strain the herbs & add the lovely smelling liquid to the bin. Top up with cold filter water & once hand hot - pitch the yeast.
It takes about 1 week to ferment & once it's stopped bubbling, we syphon into a barrel or bottles. The barrel clears quicker & is usually ready to drink within 2 weeks.

CAMRA lists beers that are suitable, which is really helpful.

We've thought lots about using the proper grains to make an even better beer, but it seems such a difficult & long winded way, needing more professional equipment, so for now we'll just carry on doing it this way... 

Kay & Sime
xx

                                                                 

Comments

Catherine said…
That seems like a lot of work for a 'cold one' but I guess it probably tastes extra good since you made it yourself! Cheers friend!
xo Catherine
Pearl said…
I would very much like a glass of this...

Pearl
Jane and Chris said…
We make wine and beer and never use the yuck stuff....takes a bit longer to clear,but it does.
Jane x
Anonymous said…
ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thx again
The Smiths said…
Catherine - It's not that difficult, we've been making beer for only 20 years & the nice thing is we know what's in it & it costs a fraction of shop or pub bought beer. We've worked out that costs about 50p a pint for our organic beer, compared to nearly £4 in a pub!

Thanks Pearl!

Jane - we haven't made wine for a long time, but very much want to!

Popular posts from this blog

Rural Life

We live in a small hamlet of 14 households - all on one lane, but spread out & mainly detached, apart from the 3 barn conversions across from us. There have been a number of changes in the six years we have lived here, people moving in & out, houses renovated & extended, but for us - the worst thing is that the last few newcomers are city people. They have all spent thousands of pounds modernising their homes & turning them into fortresses. Fences & gates have been erected, security lights & alarms fitted...
I suppose most folks will think that they are being sensible, but it's changing the way our little place looks & feels & to me it seems that these modern extras will invite unwanted attention - it suggests there's something worth taking.What was once a simple, quaint little hamlet is fast becoming yet another exclusive part of rural Cornwall.  Only 3 of the 14 households are Cornish & they are all related, the rest (apart from us) are well …

Top Of The World

It's my lovely wife's 45th birthday today and it's great to see her having such a nice time.  We had a bit of a lie-in, then Kay said that she'd like to go to the new Eden Project Cafe in St.Austell for breakfast. The food didn't disappoint (see photos). 


Good portions of quality nosh prepared with love and a flair for presentation. Rival cafes, take note: This is how it's done. Having dined there recently, we were aware of their "Book Swap" area.  Choose a book from home you wish to donate, write a brief piece in the inside cover and put it in the Swap Section. Then, if there's a book you fancy, take it home. Kay donated her favourite book "The Complete SAS Guide to Interrogation Techniques". I made that up. She actually donated the wonderful book "The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche, only because the last page is missing. Just joking. It was in pristine condition . I suggested selling it at a car boot sale i…

Lights Out!

Just 4 weeks to go until this year's Earth Hour.
Here's the link to join in: Sign Up For Earth Hour.
We'll have friends staying, so a candlelit meal will definitely be on the cards...

What do you have planned?
Kay & Sime xx