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October 4, 2018
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How to Brew Gose Beer w/ Pepper, Lime and Melon

Owner of Clawhammer Supply
how to brew gose beer

We've got a weird beer for you here, but if you're into sour beers this one will not disappoint. It's a melon Gose. If you're not familiar with the style, you should know that, Gose (pronounced go-zah) is a sour beer brewed with salt and coriander additions, which originated in Germany. Our goal was to create a unique and complex beer by adding flavors that paired well with the traditional ingredients. What we landed on was the inclusion of fresh melon, lime, and white pepper. This beer turned out amazing. We give it a 10 of 10 and highly recommend brewing it if you're into this style of beers.

How to Brew Gose Beer

Brewing a gose is very similar to brewing a traditional ale, with one additional step. The wort must be soured with bacteria after the mash, but before the boil. Here's the video which outlines the gose recipe, step by step. However, additional details are below.

Ingredients

  • 8 gallons (30.3 liters) water
  • 6lbs (2kg 721.6g) malted wheat
  • 4 lbs (1kg 814.4g) malted pilsner (2-row)
  • 0.5 ounces (14.17g) Huell hops
  • 0.5 (14.17g) ounces salt
  • 1.0 ounce (28.35g) coriander seed
  • 1.25 ounces (35.44g) lime peel
  • 0.25 ounces (7.1g) white pepper
  • 3 melons (cantaloupe, muskmelon, or honeydew)
  • 1 package Dusseldorf yeast
  • half container of lactobacillus probiotic drink
  • lactic acid

Procedure

1. Heat the water to 122F (50C) and add wheat and pilsner malt. Rest for 20 minutes.

mashing in

Mashing in - make sure to stir to avoid clumping

2. Heat water to 148F (64.4C) and rest for 60 minutes.

3. Remove grain basket and let grains drain for 10 minutes

pulling and hooking grain basket 

4. Heat to a boil (for 15 minutes total).

boiling wort

Boiling wort

5. Cool wort to 95F (35C) and adjust ph down to 4.5.

lactic acid and pipet

Use lactic acid and a pipet to carefully lower your PH 

ph probes in wort

ph meter

Check your PH using a PH meter - our PH dropped too low, that's why it's important to gradually add lactic acid

adding goodbelly probiotic drink

Add Goodbelly Probiotic drink to add Lactobacillus - a good bacteria which will sour the wort - We added about half of the container

6. Allow to sit 24-48 hours (or until desired level of sourness is achieved) at 95F (35C). 

covering top of lid with tin foil

Cover the opening in the top of the lid to prevent any contaminants from entering while the wort is souring

7. Once your wort has reached the desired level of sourness, heat to a boil (for 60 minutes total). Start peeling the limes while your kettle is heating up.

peeling a lime

lime peels

When peeling the limes, try to leave as much pith as possible (the white part)

8. Add Huell hops with 45 minutes left in the boil.

adding huell melon hops

9. Add salt, coriander, lime, and white pepper with 10 minutes left in the boil.

adding salt, coriander, and white pepper

adding lime peels

Add all of these to the hop basket

10. Cool to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1C) and add yeast.

chilling wort

Chilling wort by recirculating through a plate chiller

aerating by shaking

Aerate your wort by shaking it in order to incorporate more oxygen for a better fermentation

dusseldorf alt ale yeast package

Use one pack of Dusseldorf Alt Ale Yeast from White Labs

11. Ferment for 5 days
12. On the 6th day, dice, blend, and pasteurize melons (170F) / (76.7C) - (we accidentally bought cantaloupes in our brewing video).

peeling cantaloupe

Remove the cantaloupe peel 

removing cantaloupe seeds using a spoon

Remove all the seeds from inside of it using a spoon

diced cantaloupe

Dice it into small chunks

blended cantaloupe

Blend everything

pasteurizing cantaloupe

Heat the blended solution up to 170F (76.7C) in order to kill any bacteria - you can use the temp probe that comes with our brewing system to monitor temperature

cooling pasteurized melon in sink filled with cold water

Once the puree reaches 170F (76.7C), cool it down to room temp. We did this by placing the pot containing our puree into a sink filled with cold water

13. Add melon to beer and allow to sit for 3-5 days.

placing a mesh bag in the fermenter to add cantaloupe puree to

We put our cantaloupe puree into a mesh bag so it could be easily removed from the beer after 3-5 days

14. Keg or bottle, carbonate, and drink!

    Results

    This beer is phenomenal. It's certainly the best summer sour we've brewed. Though, if you're looking for a fall sour, we recommend our sour pumpkin beer. The melon gose is light and refreshing and has an awesome balance between sweet and salty. The pepper really spices things up as well. We give this recipe a 10 of 10 and highly recommend brewing it.

    tommy drinking beer

    "It's exactly what you would expect out of a Gose"

    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.

    • This is a beautiful beer. I dry hopped with 1 oz of melon hops at the same time as adding the melon. It’s fantastic.

      Posted by Paul G on December 30, 2020
    • I have brewed this ber tow time. my favorit recipe from your list

      Posted by mihai.plesca91@gmail.com on March 13, 2020
    • What it’s the water profile target of this tip of beer…..

      Posted by LUis on January 06, 2020
    • Following along and brewing this at home but I can’t help but notice some discrepancies between your printed recipe/procedure and the edited YouTube clip. Could you clear a few things up? What hops do you recommend? (Recipe and video don’t match) how much goodbelly did you dump in? What was the target ph post goodbelly addition and rest? Cheers!

      Posted by Izk on September 06, 2019
    • If i buy your Electric Home Brewing System – 120v – BIAB system, does it have everything to brew the beer in your recipe video below?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwJD4G9Hd70

      Posted by royce on April 29, 2019
    • What would I need to make only 1 gallon of this?

      Posted by Brendan on February 16, 2019
    • very helpful thank you!

      Posted by paul on November 21, 2018

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