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March 11, 2014

Pineapple Beer

Pineapple Beer ~ Delicious South-African traditional drink, usually homemade ! #SouthAfricanRecipes #PineappleBeer #Drinks

Pineapple Beer is another South-African traditional recipe. I remember my parents {and maybe even my grandparents} making this regularly. Roy also grew up with this, but neither one of us have ever made it ourselves until recently.

We had a hot and mostly dry Summer with the temperatures only decreasing now, therefore I tried out lots of homemade recipes for all kinds of drinks. I came across a recipe for Pineapple Beer, and whilst it did not look right to me, I suddenly remembered this delightful drink from my childhood.

That opened up a whole lot of searching and reading which became very confusing after a while. One thing I can not get the grasp of, is ... this might be a beer in the full sense of being alcoholic ! I know what you must be thinking now - how could our parents {and I'm talking about the majority of South-Africans} give us alcoholic beverages?

Simple answer? No, I don't know. What I do know is that this recipe definitely did not make us tipsy, drunk or even feeling that way in the slightest. And neither did the Pineapple Beer {which, by the way, is not for sale in stores, except for some home industry shops and small stores in the country side} we had as kids.

It could very well be that the longer you leave the beer to ferment {I am talking about 5+ days}the bigger the chances are that it may turn alcoholic. Non-Alcoholic is just fine for us, and it is a delicious, refreshing drink which I will now continue to make.

Pineapple Beer ~ Delicious South-African traditional drink, usually homemade ! #SouthAfricanRecipes #PineappleBeer #Drinks


Yield about 6 liters

2 Pineapples, leaves chopped off and the peel scrubbed clean
6 Liters Luke Warm Water
5 cups White Sugar
1 cup Raisins, slightly bruised
10g (packet) Instant Dry Yeast

1.) Chop the Pineapples, peel and all, roughly.
2.) Place all the ingredients, except the Yeast, in a large plastic container - I used a 10 liter bucket.
3.) Sprinkle the Yeast over - leave a minute and then give the mixture a good stir-through.
4.) Use a piece of Tulle {or something similar} to close over the top of the bucket - secure with string or a rubber band - DO NOT CLOSE WITH A LID - as the mixture will ferment.
5.) Leave for 72 hours - stirring twice a day.
6.) Strain and bottle the beer, but only put the caps on after 12 hours - keep chilled and serve as is with ice.

Pineapple Beer ~ Delicious South-African traditional drink, usually homemade ! #SouthAfricanRecipes #PineappleBeer #Drinks


  1. YUM!!! I had a friend whose Dad made alcoholic ginger beer and non alcoholic and you're right it's to do with the fermenting. Anyway we were about 15 and thirsty on a hot Summers day. We didn't know some were alcoholic and some weren't by the end of the day we were all sick and drunk. Quite funny looking back on it.

  2. I have never heard of pineapple beer, but now I want to try it! (Does it go with Mexican food? If so, please serve this when Mel and I show up for dinner!)

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  4. Will it turn out to become pineapple wine? In my home country, Malaysia, they do have a lot of food wine.. including coconut wine. but I have never seen this and also do not know that it is using instant yeast. Thanks for sharing with 4 seasons blog hop. pinned.

  5. Sounds refreshing! If you left the yeast out, maybe it wouldn't ferment - but would be just as good?

  6. This really does sound good…really need to try this one!

  7. Huge pineapple fan and this looks/sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    We hope to see you linking up with us, at Tell it To Me Tuesday, next week!

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  9. I'm Brazilian and my mother used to do it but without the yeast. It really reminded me of her. Thanks for sharing.

  10. There is a wonderful pineapple beer called Tepache made in Mexico, made with pineapple, some dark brown sugar, water, cinnamon stick and a few cloves. No need for yeast as the wild yeasts in the peel will have it fermenting in a day.


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