|Zulu Beer in the making for a wedding celebration.|
I was inspired by this beer and wanted to try to make something similar back in the states. But what I really wanted to do was take the concept and integrate it into a more traditional American style beer.
Now, here is where things got a little crazy. When the wort was done boiling, I cooled it and put it in the carboy. Then, instead of adding water I added Pineapple Juice. This is incredibly insane. This made my original gravity very high, which is one of the measurements that help determine what your alcohol content will be in the finished product. I tasted the wort, which is tradition for home brewers and it was super sweet but potentially very good. It tasted like bread and pineapple. Then I added the yeast to the beer and the real magic will happen over the next few days. After a couple of weeks it will be ready to bottle and a few weeks after that it should be drinkable.
I have some plans for this beer. I am hoping that eventually I can use it to raise money for the Zulu Orphan Alliance. Since I am a home brewer, I can't sell my beer but what I can do is continue to perfect this recipe and then potentially contract brew to get it on the shelves and at the bars. The intention along the way would be for all the proceeds to go back to the ZOA to help feed the kids and build the shelter. Wish me luck.