bacon-ice-creamWell it’s here! my Vanilla Bacon Cream ale… a creation that spawned while I was munching down a fried bacon sundae at Native New Yorker and my friend said “You should make a beer like this…”

… and well I did…

Here’s the recipe…

7 lbs American 6-row
1.5 lbs flaked corn
1.5 lbs American 2-row

1.5 oz German Spaltz (30 min)

WLP080 (White Labs Cream Ale Blend)

1 Vanilla Pod (expensive!!)
4 oz Bacon extract

RO Water
1 tsp Gypsum
1 tsp Calcium Chloride

The beer was brewed with a simple infusion mash at 154 °F for about 45 minutes… then mashed out at 170 °F and recirculated until clear wort came out…

I lautered and sparged to collect 6.5 gallons of wort and boiled for 60 minutes… I added all of my hops after 30 minutes (boiled for only 30 minutes)…

I cooled the beer to 64 °F and pitched yeast from 1 L starter…

To ferment this beer I used a blow off tube instead of an airlock since I was expecting a lot of foam…

While the beer was fermenting I started to make the vanilla and bacon extracts…

To make the vanilla extract, you want to slice the vanilla bean in half and scrape out everything from the inside… put this in a container and soak it in just a little bit of vodka… if needed, cut the vanilla bean into two or three pieces so you don’t have to use too much vodka to cover it…

For the bacon extract, you want to cook the bacon by cutting it into small pieces first… and cook the bacon to a chewy consistency to avoid burning off the bacon grease… what you want the most from here is the bacon fat… you’ll add all of the bacon and the fat into a jar and soak that with about 7 oz of bacon… the bacon will absorb a lot of vodka and you’ll lose about 1/3 of the vodka so plan accordingly…

I found that adding 4 to 8 oz of bacon is about as much bacon extract as you want… if you want 8 oz of vodka, you’ll want to make extract with about 12 oz of vodka and more bacon…

I added the vanilla extract when kegging and could’ve added the bacon extract then as well, but since I didn’t know how much I wanted I waited…

I wanted to see how the vanilla bean would age in the beer, but unfortunately the keg was done within a few days…

Needless to say, all of my friends loved it and although the sound of bacon in beer sounds weird, it was delicious!

A nice, easy beer to drink…

The color of the beer was a deep yellowish color (from the vanilla) and surprisingly it had a decent amount of head formation and retention!


    1 Response to "How to Brew a Bacon Beer"

    • The BrewMaster

      Hello. Nice recipe. I’ll definitely try it. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It Would be a new combination for me.

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