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Pineapple Beer

Homemade Pineapple Beer is a refreshing South-African traditional drink. Non-alcoholic or leave the Beer to ferment longer to make an alcoholic version

Pineapple Beer

Images and some text updated April 2020

Pineapple Beer is another South-African traditional recipe. I remember my parents (and maybe even my grandparents) making this regularly.

My hubby also grew up with this, but neither one of us have ever made it ourselves until recently.

Pineapple Beer

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.

Pineapple Beer

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?

Is Pineapple Beer alcoholic or non-alcoholic ?

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.

It could very well be that the longer you leave the beer to ferment the bigger the chances are that it may turn alcoholic. I am talking 5 plus days and longer.

Pineapple Beer is not for sale in stores. Except for some home industry shops (and small stores in the country side) we had as kids.

Non-Alcoholic is just fine for us, and it is a delicious, refreshing drink which I will now continue to make.

Pineapple Beer

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Pineapple Beer

Yield: 24 Servings

Pineapple Beer

Pineapple Beer

Homemade Pineapple Beer is a refreshing South-African traditional drink. Non-alcoholic or leave the Beer to ferment longer to make an alcoholic version

Prep Time 15 minutes
Fermenting Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 15 minutes


  • 2 Pineapples, leaves chopped off and the peel scrubbed clean
  • 24 cups Luke Warm Water ( 6 liters )
  • 5 cups White Sugar
  • 1 cup Raisins, slightly bruised
  • 2 1/2 t Instant Dry Yeast


  1. Chop the Pineapples, peel and all, roughly
  2. Place all the ingredients, except the Yeast, in a large, clean 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 in a dark place (cabinet is great) 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


*** It is a good idea to boil the water and then let cool to luke warm before using

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 1gSugar 47gProtein 0g

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Monday 20th of April 2020

This is great stuff guys I mixed it with a little Kool Sparkling juice by made Kingsley’s . Was so refreshing after only 2 days I just had to taste ! I was not aiming for a kick , just the taste of it . But I will see after I bottle it . Next post to follow ?

Linda Nortje

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

That's great Rosie ! And yes, please do let us know how your Pineapple Beer turns out :-)

Guy Knauer

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Back in the late seventies, when I was in my early teens, a friend and I, decided that we were going to make ourselves some pineapple beer. We had a rough idea of what to do, so we went ahead and made a batch...we bottled it in some empty coke bottles(they were glass in those days). Now not wanting to get caught by our parents,we decided to hide the bottles under our beds..... after a few days of much anticipation, both our households were woken up in middle of the night with loud explosions!!! Needless to say, we got into a lot of trouble, and our rooms stank of fermenting pineapples for ages afterwards! I think, fourty odd years later, I'll take a chance and try again....this time around, I'll be sure to leave the lids off the bottles!!!

Linda Nortje

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Oh my word, you gave me a good laugh now ! I can only imagine the smell, but one good thing is that you hid the (glass!) bottles under your beds and not in the open where it might have hurt someone :-)

Linus Ainslie

Friday 10th of April 2020

Made this many many years ago while at Rhodes University. You don't need to add yeast, there is a natural yeast on the skin of the pineapple. Just leave it in a cupboard for minimum of 5 days. The longer you leave it the more alcoholic it becomes, but probably never more than 5 - 6%


Saturday 27th of July 2019

So refreshing :D

Pineapple beer has always been a traditional summer drink in our house, and it's so nice to see other people also enjoy this refreshing drink.

Lovely blog :)


Friday 10th of June 2016

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.

Maguerita Zondagh

Tuesday 11th of September 2018

Hi there, at last someone who knows what I had. I grew up in Port Alfred and pineapples were EVERYWHERE so we used mostly the peels of giants. NOW, I did so 2 days ago but I could not remember if we used boiling water or ordinary tap water. Each had his own bottle. So I poured boiling water over the peels and a lot of sugar. Do you think this was a mistake and will it still be drinkable. That's all we used to do. The alcohol level were very low probably because even the kids made it. I'm scared now of my own pinapple beer. We never used raisins or yeast. It would fizz by itself??????

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