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May 20, 2022
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Forbidden Rice Black Lager Homebrew Recipe

Owner of Clawhammer Supply
black rice lager

We made the darkest and simultaneously lightest homebrew ever and it might just be a new beer style. It's a black lager that's super roasty but also super light in body. We achieved this vibe by using an absurd amount of black patent malt and a ton of black rice. This is a recipe for a 10 gallon batch of beer and it's tailored for our 20 gallon 240 volt brewing system. Here's the full recipe


  • 15.24 gallons of city water treated with one campden tablet
  • 12 pounds of 2 row pilsner malt
  • 7 pounds of black rice
  • 3 pounds of vienna malt
  • 2 pounds of black patent malt
  • 1 pound of crystal 60 malt
  • 3 ounces of Rakau hops
  • 2 packages of Saflager 34/70 yeast


  • Fill the kettle with 5 gallons of water and add the rice. Boil for 60 minutes or until rice is fully cooked.
  • Once rice is cooked, add 10.25 gallons of water and heat (or cool) to 158F.
  • Add the remainder of the grains (make sure to finely crush) and mash for 60 minutes.
  • Elevate grains and allow to drain for 10 minutes.
  • Heat kettle to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add 1 ounce of Rakau hops and set a timer for 60 minutes.
  • Once the timer expires, cut the heat and add the remainder (2 ounces) of Rakau hops.
  • Chill to 70F, transfer to a fermenter and pitch 2 packages of Saflager 34/70.
  • We recommend pressure fermenting at room temperature for 14 days, cold crashing, and serving on tap at 40F.

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Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • 158F for one hours got to be 1.020 FG
    “Light on body”?
    Sure About this?

    Posted by Neil on November 07, 2022
  • What SRM did you use for the black rice?

    Posted by on October 03, 2022
  • Excited to try this out. Do you happen to you beersmith by chance? If so, could you include those files in future recipe posts?

    Posted by Blake on August 01, 2022
  • Recipe is lacking the info about what ABV this turned out to be. It would also be useful to know what the SG of the rice wort was so I can replicate this recipe in Brewfather.

    Posted by Paul on May 24, 2022
  • Hey I really like learning new things.
    This is great.

    Posted by Danimal on May 23, 2022
  • You forgot to include how much rice you used for this recipe.

    Posted by Wizard Of Oz on May 23, 2022

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