Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

So this is the strangest beer I’ve schemed up this year. It will either be pretty remarkable or completely undrinkable.

I’ve been slightly obsessed with Indian and Thai cuisine for a while. I’ve made my share of curries and kormas in the last year, but I definitely would not say that I have mad skillz at this type of food.

Beer, usually a good IPA, is a nice complement to these types of dishes. So, since I have brewed an oyster stout (with raw oysters) and a milk stout spiced with chai, it was only a matter of time before I took this to the next absurd level. A coconut curry hefeweizen.

I remembered a reference to a curry beer in Papazian’s The Homebrewer’s Companion and I used that as the basis for recipe formulation. The interesting part was tracking down the curry ingredients. I already had cinnamon sticks, coriander, and cayenne. I could get ginger root from almost any grocery store, and it was simply a matter of stopping by Whole Foods for the hippyfied unsweetened coconut.

The fenugreek required me stopping by the local Indian Bazar (yep, just two As) in town, but that was easy. The hardest part was the kaffir leaves. I might have had hit up a local restaurant for some, but a friend of mine, in an act that will be rewarded, is over in Thailand right now and he sent me the leaves in the mail. These things smell amazing and walk the sensory line between lime and basil.

Coconut Curry Ingrediants

Coconut Curry Ingredients

I’m going to put all that goodness into a pot this weekend and turn a hefeweizen (which is a German Wheat beer) recipe into a coconut curry hefeweizen. Since it is one of my experimental batches, it will only be ~3 gallons just in case things go insanely awry, or limit the riots in the streets when it becomes the most amazing beer ever. Updates will follow.

So this is the strangest beer I’ve schemed up this year. But the year is still young.


4 Responses to “Coconut Curry Hefeweizen”

  • Coconut Curry Hefeweizen 4/15/09 Update | Barlow Brewing Says:

    […] “So this is the strangest beer I’ve schemed up this year. It will either be pretty remarkable or completely undrinkable.” – me, talking about my Coconut Curry Hefeweizen […]

  • The Dominion Cup 2009 Homebrew Competition | Barlow Brewing Says:

    […] Beer category do so well.  My Chai Milk Stout (no clever name) got a 1st place medal, and my Bombay the Hard Way Coconut Curry Hefeweizen got 3rd place.  (Which is very surprising because I thought that was a failed experiment, but it […]

  • Jeff Crane Says:

    I was wondering how exactly you added the coconut and if you thought it worked pretty well. I am asking because I tasted a Flanders Red recently that had a nice coconut flavor to it and would like try to replicate it. I am pretty sure the coconut came from the wood but not sure how to do this either.

  • BarlowBrewing Says:

    I added the coconut at 30 min and 50 minute marks of the boil. (1 cup at each point.) It worked ok. I think the spices overshadowed it, but I would reduce the ginger and keep the coconut as is.

    I don’t know about the coconut in that sour. I would think the brett would do that more than the wood, lacto or pedio.

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