A Rocky Week of Brewing

Tuesday, August 27, 2019Vilda

Last week was a full week of brewing test batches. We’re experimenting with our mother culture to see how it interacts in certain environments as well as brewing some new recipes. We thought we would end the week with something fun, rock out a bit and brew a Steinbier (stone beer). The idea behind a Steinbeir is to introduce hot stones into the wort to sear the sugars and add caramelized notes to the beer. The day started off by heating up a charcoal grill and letting our stones begin to heat. We figured about an hour/hour and a half would be a decent amount of time for the stones to get to a hot enough temperature. While the stones were cooking, we crushed our malt and got the mash going. We decided to keep things simple on this batch, allowing us to better understand what flavor effects the stones would have. Our grain bill consisted of Pilsner, Vienna and Oat malts. The Pilsner and Oat malts will give it a nice full body and the Vienna malt will add to the color. After much waiting and anticipation, our mash-in was done and it was time to boil and add the stones. We loaded up our metal basket with piping hot stones and lowered them in. Instant searing and sizzling could be heard … ah, what a beautiful sound. The sudden addition of such a large amount of heat sent the boil into a frenzy with a plume of steam rising up and an insane rock-solid boil occurring. Not to quarry we were able to raise and lower the stones with ease to help control the vigorous boil and prevent a boil-over.

We added some Hallertau MF and Eldorado hops to round out this bad bad boy, chilled with stone-cold water before finishing it off with some Belle Saison yeast.
Overall it was a successful day of brewing. We learned some interesting things and are already brainstorming our next recipe. We’re gonna go boulder! Hotter stones. Higher ABV! We’re gonna kick it up to 11!

Coming to a festival near you soon! Name to be announced, we welcome any witty or clever names, feel free to comment below.

No brew day is complete without the right music to rock to, here are some of our top picks.

A$AP Rocky

Stone Temple Pilots
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stoned Jesus
The Rolling Stones


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Vilda Bryggeri AB med säte i Halmstad. Organisationsnummer 559018-1441

Ängelholmsvägen 263, 269 42 Båstad, Sweden

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