Podpiwek is a traditional non-alcoholic beverage made from grain coffee, hops, yeast, water and sugar which undergoes fermentation. This drink has a very low level of alcohol and is widely enjoyed by women and children.
Unlike many other beverages, the process of making kujawski podpiwek is simple and does not require any special equipment or ingredients. This makes it an ideal choice for beginners as well as those who are new to brewing.
How to make kujawski podpiwek
The first step is to dissolve one packet (100 grams) of Podpiwek in 10 liters of boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes and then sieve the liquid through a piece of cloth (filter paper should be fine).
To make this drink even more flavoursome, try adding roasted barley or chicory root to the mixture before it is finished. You can also experiment with additives such as spices, orange zest or cacao nibs.
Another option is to add alternative sugars such as maple syrup, molasses or honey. These can help to balance out the flavour of the brew and also add some extra carbonation.
After the brew has cooled, you can transfer it into clean flip top bottles and leave some head space for the fermentation to take place. This is the best way to ensure a good taste and a smooth texture. Ferment for 2-3 days, checking the carbonation levels periodically.
During this time, the beer should be a deep amber colour, with a thick head. Once the bottle has been fermented, it should be transferred to the fridge and consumed within 1-2 weeks.
When the brew is ready, pour it into bottles that have been cleaned with a mild dishwashing detergent. Fill up the bottles with a screw cap and store in a cool place.
Before the bottles are sealed, a small amount of yeast can be added to help give the drink more aroma and taste. This can be done with a few different varieties such as Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle or Saaz.
Aside from the addition of yeast, you can also try experimenting with the variety of hops used. It is important to pick a variety that is suitable for the temperature of the brew and its duration, as this will help to give it the right flavour and aroma.
It is not recommended to use imported varieties as they will often be too bitter for this type of beverage. Rather, it is a good idea to use local varieties.
As a result of the wide availability of the ingredients needed to make this beverage, the method of making kujawski podpiwek has become an integral part of the culture of this region. This has helped to create a unique brew that can only be produced in this area.