Homebrew Recipe

If you have more bread at home that you’ll use, freeze it or use it in recipes like these. If you’re a homebrewer, why not brew your own version of Toast.

The process is no different to standard brewing except that bread replaces 1/3 of the grain bill. Bread is combined with malted barley in hot water and the naturally occurring enzymes in the malt turn the starches into simple sugars. Yeast converts the sugar to alcohol and hops are added to give bittering flavours and aroma, and to help to preserve the beer.

 1. Mash

Grain bill: Pale Malt 7.7 lbs, dry bread 3.3 lbs (equivalent to 5.5 lbs fresh bread), CaraMalt 5.3 oz, Munich Malt 5.3 oz, Oat Husks 17.6 oz

Steep the grains in 531 FL OZ of water at 153°F and mix. Cover and leave for 60 minutes.


2. Sparge and lauter

Drain the liquid from the bottom of the mash tun (lauter) whilst rinsing the grains with 172°F water from the top to extract additional sugars (sparge) until you’ve reached 845 FL OZ – you’ll use about 676 FL OZ of water. Sparge using a watering can or colander so that the water is distributed in a spray rather than the continuous gush of a hose. The back of a spoon also works. While sparging, don’t be tempted to push the wort through the wet grains. Grains in the wort may create unwanted tanin tastes.


3. Boil and add hops

Hops: 0.2oz of German Hallertau Tradition, 1.28oz Cascade, 0.7oz Centennial and 0.88oz Bramling Cross

Bring the wort to a boil. Add 0.2 oz of German Hallertau Tradition hops immediately at 90 minutes. These are the ‘bittering’ hops that give Toast its lip-smacking bitter taste. At 15 minutes (i.e. 75 minutes of boiling), add 1 tsp Protofloc, also called Irish Moss, which makes a brighter tasting wort. At 5 minutes (i.e. after 85 minutes), add 0.4 oz Cascade hops and 0.35 oz Centennial hops. As you take the wort off the boil (i.e. after 90 minutes), add the final hops – 0.88 oz Cascade, 0.35 oz Centennial and 0.88 oz Bramling Cross. These are the aromatic hops that add a fruity, refreshing punch to Toast.

Ingredient Quantity Alpha Acids When to add
German Hallertau Tradition 0.2oz 5.5% 90 min
Cascade 0.4oz 4.5% 5 min
Centennial 0.35oz 8.5% 5 min
Cascade 0.88oz 4.5% 0 min
Centennial 0.35oz 8.5% 0 min
Bramling Cross 0.88oz 6% 0 min
Protofloc 1 tsp n/a 15 mins

4. Cool, ferment and condition

Hops: 2.1oz Cascade hops and 1.2oz Bramling Cross hops
Yeast: 0.4oz sachet of Safale US-05 rehydrated yeast

Cool the wort to 68°F. You can use an ice bucket, but don’t mix unboiled water with your wort, which has been sterilised by the boiling. Add a 0.4 oz sachet of Safale US-05 rehydrated yeast to the cooled wort. Let the yeast get to work fermenting. Try to keep your wort at around 64.4°F for 7 days. After five days, add another 2.1 oz Cascade hops and 1.2 oz Bramling Cross hops. Siphon the beer into sterile bottles, primed for carbonation. You should never pour the beer as this adds oxygen that will spoil the beer. Seal the bottles and leave in a cool, dark place (at around 53 °F) for two weeks. This is a secondary fermentation stage that allows the beer to get some fizz and condition nicely.


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