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Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby MmmmBeer » Fri May 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Has anyone done it? I have an idea for a Strawberry/Rhubarb Wheat beer using the Morebeer American Wheat all grain kit. I thought of making a rhubarb puree with the rhubarb and sweetening it and adding it during the boil and then making a strawberry puree and adding it during secondary. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. I might add this will also be my first all grain recipe and my first brew in about two years.
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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby Brewtime » Sat May 17, 2014 6:25 am

MmmmBeer wrote:Has anyone done it? I have an idea for a Strawberry/Rhubarb Wheat beer using the Morebeer American Wheat all grain kit. I thought of making a rhubarb puree with the rhubarb and sweetening it and adding it during the boil and then making a strawberry puree and adding it during secondary. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. I might add this will also be my first all grain recipe and my first brew in about two years.


I don't think sweetening the rhubarb would do anything the sugar would ferment out anyway. I would add the rhubarb to the boil at the end and the strawberries in the secondary like you said
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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby alewife » Sat May 17, 2014 9:04 am

Yes, and expect the rhubarb to add tartness and bitterness. Personally, while I enjoy strawberry rhubarb pie, I'm wary about experimenting with rhubarb in beer. That tartness and bitterness would probably take several trials to get a balance you like. Maybe some lactose would add a bit of background sweetness??? Have fun with it.

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Also, be aware that the rhubarb leaves are poisonous (oxalic acid). Although you would have to eat a lot of them to actually die, you might still get sick! So,watch how you handle the plant, and that no leaves get into your rhubarb mixture.

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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby Monster Mash » Thu May 22, 2014 12:51 pm

I think rhubarb might do well in a sour but if you aren't looking for a sour beer you may want to try it in a very small batch.
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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby BrewBum » Thu May 22, 2014 12:57 pm

I so want to make a rhubarb berliner wiesse
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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby turbo_ale » Thu May 22, 2014 5:53 pm

BrewBum wrote:I so want to make a rhubarb berliner wiesse


Rhubarb & a sour Berliner Weisse, awesome combo :!:
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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby Wild Bill » Fri May 23, 2014 5:18 pm

BrewBum wrote:I so want to make a rhubarb berliner wiesse


I kegged half of my Berliner last week. I've got a friend that has convinced me to make some rhubarb syrup for added sweetness and complexity. Maybe it will make the cut and some of you will see it at NHC. We'll see.

I agree with others, I think it would be difficult to actually brew with it. Not impossible but maybe do small batches at first to help get it dialed in.
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Re: Brewing with Rhubarb.

Postby bababa3216 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:55 pm

Thanks for the info
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