Andrew Sanders shares this homebrew recipe as an online extra to his article “Story Telling Through Beer” in the September/October 2022 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Sanders is cohost of the podcast Pop Culture Brews, a show that digs into pop culture and the beers that inspires it.
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This is homebrew recipe is inspired by renowned scifi film Bladerunner (1982). The hoppy steam beer has a fiery finish from an addition of Szechuan pepper, like something you would find at Deckard’s favorite Asian food stall on the streets of dystopian Los Angeles.
Find out more about the inspiration behind this cinematic homebrew recipe pair by listening to Pop Culture Brews on Spotify and other podcast streaming services.
- 11 lb (4.98 kg) Vienna malt
- 1 lb (0.45 kg) Corn, flaked
- 2 oz (57 g) Chinook hops, 13% AA @ 60 min
- 1 oz (28 g) Chinook hops, 13% AA @ 10 min
- 1 oz (28 g) Cascade hops, 5.8% AA @10 min
- Whirfloc @ 10 min
- 0.8 oz (23 g) Crushed Szechuan peppercorn @ 5 min
- 1 packet, Bohemian lager yeast
Yield: 6 US gal
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.012
Note: This recipe is for 6 gallons which includes an assumed loss of 0.5 gallons from the kettle to fermenter.
Conduct a 60-minute mash at 149°F (65°C). Mash out at 167°F (75°C). Boil for 60 minutes, following the hop addition schedule as listed in the ingredients.
Ferment at 65°F (18°C). Ale temperature fermentation with the lager yeast makes for Steam-style beer.
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