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Lima Bean Ale

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Lima Bean Ale

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Beer Style: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer  (21A)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer


I am what you might call a lima bean conniseur, so a batches ago, I used 3 lbs. of frozen lima beans in an all-grain batch. Here's the recipe.

The mash was pretty cloudy, but any greenness was covered up by the red in the crystal malt. The result is actually a pretty nice English bitter, in spite of the unusual recipe.


  • 5# 6 row lager malt
  • 3# lima beans, cooked and broken up with a potato masher
  • 1# crystal malt
  • 0.75 oz. Northern Brewer Hops (60 minutes)
  • 0.5 oz. homegrown hops (mixture, 20 minutes)
  • 0.5 oz. homegrown hops (mixture, finish)
  • Wyeast 1098

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.042
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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I did a step infusion mash and sparged to a volume of 6 gallons. I collected 4.5 gallons of 1.042 wort afterward and fermented with Wyeast 1098.