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Apple Wild Sage

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 by in Beer, Fruit, Herbs, Safale S-04, Wild Brews | 2 comments

This is another of my half-gallon experiments that I wish I had made a full gallon of. It’s a little sweet and the apple and sage flavors are bold and divine. It’s a perfect fall beverage.

I juiced fresh Fuji apples from my local farmer’s market which yielded about 20 ounces of apple juice. I used it to replace some of the water. I paired this with wild foraged white sage from our local chapperal. Normally people just use this for smudging. It’s a very strong flavor but I felt that the fermentation process would temper it a bit.

This brew is super delicious and can almost be classified a “cider” but you know how I feel about classifications…

Apple sage beer ingredients.


44oz. Water
20oz Freshly juiced Fugi apple juice
1 small lime sliced
5 white foraged sage leaves (dried)
9.6 oz Jaggery sugar (from Indian market)
1gram gypsum
1/2 Whirlfloc tablet
Dash of yeast nutrient
Pinch Licorice root
Yeast Abbaye yeast (pink packet)
Safale 04 yeast added later

This was a 30 minute boil since no grains were involved. I added the apple juice 5 minutes before flameout.

After 24 hours I didn’t see any fermentation going on so I added some Safale 04 yeast and that perked it up. It was fermented for 13 days and bottled for 3 weeks. I am definitely making more beers with fruit using this simple process.


  1. This tasted so good! Thanks for sharing today. I’m definitely going to try making this!

  2. Thanks Sarah. There are so many different ways to go with this. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

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