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November 2, 2018

How to Brew Hemp, CBD Beer

This is our crack at a dank tasting, hemp and CBD infused beer. We also added some blueberries, because it sounded good. We're calling it Blueberry Kush.

This beer didn't turn out exactly how we had hoped but it is absolutely stellar. It's a light lager with a hint of blueberry and a lot of body. Considering the amount of hops we added, it's not at all as bitter as we expected. 

The addition of hemp gives the beer a very slightly nutty flavor and the CBD works with the alcohol to provide a one, two knockout punch that is sure to make you mellow. Note, CBD is a byproduct of hemp plants which generally contains little to no THC. If you need to pass a drug test, make sure you get 100% pure CBD.

How to Brew Hemp & CBD Beer

This beer is brewed using standard brew-day procedures. However, hemp and CBD are added at the end of the boil. Also, because it's a lager the beer needs to be fermented at a lower temperature and then lagered at 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7C) for a few weeks.

Ingredients

  • 7.65 gallons (29 liters) water
  • 9lbs 10.4oz (4kg 377.2g) Pilsner Malt
  • 2.00 oz (56.7g) Acidulated malt (2-row)
  • 1.85 ounces (52.45g) Columbus Hops
  • 1 ounce (28.35g) hemp powder
  • 6 ounces (170.1g) freeze dried blueberries
  • 1 gram CBD powder

Procedure

1. Heat water to 154F (67.8C) and mash for 60 minutes.

mashing in

Mashing in

all hop additions weighed out

We went ahead and weighed out all of our hop additions while waiting on our mash to finish

2. Pull grains and heat to a boil (for 60 minutes total).

pulling grain basket

Pulling the grain basket

boiling wort

Boiling wort

3. Add 0.45 oz. (12.76g) Columbus hops with 60 minutes left in the boil.
4. Add 0.15 oz. (4.3g) Columbus hops with 45 minutes left in the boil.
5. Add 0.25 oz. (7.1g) Columbus hops with 15 minutes left in the boil.
6. Add 1.00 oz. (28.35g) Columbus hops with 0 minutes left in the boil. 

adding hops

We added all of our hops to our hop basket

7. Add 1.00 oz. (28.35g) hemp powder with 0 minutes left in the boil.

1 ounce of hemp powder

1 ounce (28.35g) was just an estimate, feel free to add more if you want more of a hemp flavor

8. Cool to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3C) and transfer to a fermenter

chilling wort using a plate chiller

Connecting our plate chiller - this is what we use to chill our wort to pitching temp

9. Add Yeast - White Labs WLP800 Pilsner Lager Yeast.

yeast starter on a stir plate

pitching yeast starter

Pitching the yeast starter we made for this beer - if you're not sure what this is or how to make one, read this article or watch this video

10. Add 6 ounces (170.1g) of freeze-dried blueberries to the fermenter. 

freeze dried blueberry packs

We used freeze-dried blueberries from Trader Joes

make sure to remove the gel packet from your packs of blueberries

Make sure to remove the gel packets in your packs of blueberries before dumping them into the fermenter

adding freeze dried blueberries to a mesh bag

We put all of our berries into a mesh bag so they can be easily removed from the fermenter

11. Ferment for 3 weeks at 55F (12.8C).

fermenter 3 weeks later

12. Remove blueberries from the fermenter.

removing freeze dried blueberries from the fermenter

13. Add 1 gram of CBD to the fermenter.

cbd extract

adding cbd powder

14. Lager at 35F (1.7C) for 3-4 weeks.
15. Keg or bottle, carbonate, and drink!

    Results

    This beer turned out great. It was less hoppy than we expected, but it's delicious. This is an excellent summer beer. The CBD didn't dissolve as we excepted, but its effects can still be felt. Beware, after a few of these you'll be ready for a nap.

    drinking the finished beer

    "It's really smooth, really easy to drink, and really bitter"

    • I am a hemp grower and have dried hemp flower and biomass as well as winterized crude oil, isolate and distillate. I am trying to figure what would be most effective for a good brew.

      Posted by dan lyons on February 03, 2020
    • Thank you for the information. I plan on making some of this for October Fest! :)

      Posted by Jim on July 18, 2019
    • After watching your video, I started asking my brother that works at a canibus shop. He sujested using a product called Tincture from Green Revolution.

      Posted by Keenan Haack on July 09, 2019

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