Singles Awareness Day

The Ingrediants for Rose Red

Valentine’s is coming, and what better way to celebrate your relationship status then with a homebrew? Beer is perfect for toasting the day with a loved one, or sipping a few too many alone. Currently I’m enjoying the smell coming off my first wheat ale, and it’s a Valentine’s themed one to boot. This ale is brewed using coriander, rosebuds, rose hips, orange peel, and wildflower honey.  The house smells amazing, and as soon as this wort cools off I’m gonna have to try a sample. So here is what’s in it.

Rose Red Ale

  • 1 Coopers Wheat Beer kit(this is a pre hopped extract, and includes a packet of yeast.)
  • 2 oz Black Patent Malt
  • 4 oz 120° Crystal Malt
  • 4 oz Melanoidin Malt
  • 2 1lb bags of Weisen dry malt
  • 40  oz of wildflower honey
  • 1 oz rose hips
  • 2 oz rose buds
  • orange peel (I just tossed in the dried peel of one orange in case the rose hips weren’t enough)
  • 1.5 oz of whole Coriander seed, cracked

Bring 3 gallons of water up too 140° F and add the milled grains. If your homebrew store doesn’t mill them, or you don’t have a grain mill then put them in a bag and crack them with a rolling pin. Once the grains are added cover the pot, remove from heat, and let steep for 30 min. Once the 30 min are up remove your grain bag, or sparge your grain and rinse with hot water. Save the rinse water and add it to the pot. Bring the contents to a boil and add the extract from the beer kit, the weisen malt, and wildflower honey.  Boil the wort for 60 min, then add the coriander, rose hips, orange peel, and half the rose buds. Boil for 10 more minutes, add the rest of the buds and remove from the heat. After the wort has sat for another 5-10 minutes, sparge, and put in the fermentor. Top your fermentor off too 5 gal, and cool to 70° F, then pitch your yeast. I decided after the fact that I wanted to add a handful of Willamette hops and a handful of rose hips to the secondary for dry hopping. I know that it’s a sin to not measure things when you add them, but I was late for work, so the handful measurement it was.

OG = 1.092   That’s right, this baby is strong

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5 Responses to “Singles Awareness Day”

  1. Jeremy Green says:


    you gotta hook me up with a sample. Sounds delicious.

  2. Deanna says:

    This sounds like it would smell amazing! Open up your door and let the world smell it, maybe some will drift my way.

  3. Jared says:

    I’m hoping to get up too Portland for the Spring Beer and Wine Fest, and will gladly swing you by a “bomber” or a 12oz if you want. Hopefully it will have matured enough by then. Luckily wheat ales dont usually have to age as long.

  4. kayliemarie21 says:

    wow sounds good!

  5. Lilahblossom says:

    This sounds fantastic. I hope I can find the coopers locally. If not I’ll just have to sub. I’m already thinking about replacing the black patent with caramel. Maybe adding lactose to sweeten. I found a place online that I can buy Bulgarian rose hips and rose buds. This is going to turn into a big project but it must be brewed. Thankyou for this recipe.

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