Hot Stones Homebrewing!

Members of the Bridger Brew Crew used hot stones to brew a “steingruit.” (Photo by Jesse Bussard).

If you read about the Medieval Brewing Stones, and you’d like a fun and tasty project for your brewing club, you can find all the info you need, including the recipe for a steingruit, here. Looks like a blast!


  1. says

    Looks like a blast!

    I wonder if the story of “stone soup” is a mis-reference to that practice?

    Seems like a great way to make mud-flavored beer. It explains Guiness’…

  2. says

    Oh, stone brewed beer doesn’t taste awful at all. It is weighted towards a caramelized taste, though. This was a common method of cooking prior to wide availability of iron pots. I’ve done this with stew before, a project in high school, it was all kinds of fun, and the stew was great.

  3. says

    Makes me wonder if it’s got anything to do with how beer was invented. Maybe someone was using rocks to heat up some barley soup… And the rest, they say, is hiccups.

  4. says

    The ancient Egyptians were brewing beer over 3,000 years ago. It was probably closer to liquid bread, but hey, whatever works.

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