Although the nights are getting cooler, it's still very much summer around here. Hot, sticky days. Cheap pineapples. What to do, but make pineapple beer?
I always thought pineapple beer is a fact of life around the world, but like the word 'robot' for traffic light (really!) and Mrs Ball's Chutney, it's a South African thing. I think there are different recipes for it, making some alcoholic and others non-. The stuff we used to drink as kids must have been in the latter category; or so I should hope!
This recipe is alcoholic, as I found out by accident one morning, but that's another story... It's a bit like ginger beer, and very refreshing in a tall glass with some ice and mint. Here's the recipe I used:
Alcoholic Pineapple Beer
1 whole pineapple, skin and all (washed and chopped into big chunks)
2tsp dry yeast (that you use for bread-making)
7 litres warm water
Put everything into a bucket and stir until sugar is dissolved. It should start bubbling quite soon. Cover with a lid (not too tight-fitting), leave in a cool place and stir twice a day for 3 days. You should see some fizzing and it will start smelling very yeasty. I guess it would get stronger, the longer you leave it. After 3 days, strain the liquid through a clean cloth or tea towel and decant into bottles. Don't fill it up too much; leave a good 5cm of air in the top. Cover with tea towel and leave for 12h before you cap it.
Some notes about the bottles: I used glass bottles with swing tops and thought the gas might make it explode, so kept it in a bucket under the house. One bottle did just that, so use corks if you have some, or empty soft drink bottles. I've just poured the second batch into plastic bottles, and released some pressure by slowly opening the top and closing it again when it starts to fizz. Do this whenever you see the bottles swelling up. Don't worry, it won't go flat like lemonade. Remember to release the gas if you've taken your beer on a car journey too. My advice is really not to keep it for too long; make it and then enjoy it cold :)
Let me know if you try this and have a great weekend!