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Chervil Ace – Half Gallon Homebrew

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 by in Beer, DME, Herbs, Malts & Grains, Safale S-04 | 0 comments

Call me crazy, but I love making half gallon batches of beer. It’s a great way to experiment with rare or expensive ingredients without too much of an investment of your time and money.

Unfortunately if the brew tastes fantastic you only have 3 or 4 bottles of beer. This is the case with my latest half gallon concoction that I call “Chervil Ace.” It’s flavored with fresh Chervil and Sorachi Ace hops.

I have lots of Chervil growing in my balcony garden and wasn’t really sure what to do with it. It doesn’t smell like it would belong in beer but I was wondering what the fermentation process would do to the flavor. It has definitely mellowed out in the brew but the smell is distinctly chervil. This batch uses Sorachi Ace hops for a little bit of a spice note but I am wondering of the bitterness was also enhanced by the chervil. Perhaps it’s time to experiment with a hopless batch.

Here’s the recipe.


  • Half gallon plus 1 cup water
  • 4.1 oz. Golden light Dry Malt Extract
  • .3 oz. Wheat Dry Malt Extract
  • 1.1 oz. crushed Honey Malt grains
  • 1 oz. Palm Sugar
  • Pinch of Licorice root
  • Pinch of Irish Moss
  • 1/8 tespoon Yeast nutrient
  • 8 grams fresh chopped Chervil (5g and 3g segments)
  • 2 grams Styrian Goldings hops
  • 1 gram Soraichi Ace Hops
  • Safale 04 yeast
  • Corn sugar for bottle priming


  • Boil water with grains (in brew in a bag sock) and licorice root. Simmer for 15 minutes
  • 40 mins – Remove BIAB and add gysum, Dry Malt Extratcs 5 grams Chervil and Styrian Goldings.
  • 30 mins – Add Palm Sugar
  • 10 mins – Add Irsh moss and yeast nutrient
  • Flameout – Add Sorachi Ace hops and 3 grams Chervil
  • Ferment with Safale 04 for 14 days
  • Prime with .48 oz Corn sugar

Now to scale up…

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