Raw Ale or No Boil Ale

No-boil craft beer or raw ale is a brewing technique that is gaining popularity in the craft beer world. This method involves skipping the boiling step in the brewing process, which is traditionally used to sanitize the wort and extract bitterness from hops. Instead, the wort is heated to a lower temperature to sanitize it and then cooled before adding hops and yeast.

The result is a beer that has a unique character and complexity that cannot be achieved through boiling. Some argue that the lack of boiling also allows for more of the natural enzymes and proteins from the malted grains to remain in the wort, resulting in a fuller and creamier mouthfeel.

Raw ale has a long history, dating back to ancient times when beer was brewed using open fermentation vessels and natural yeasts. This method was used for centuries, and some traditional breweries in Belgium and the UK still use similar techniques to this day.

If you're interested in trying out no-boil beer or raw ale, you can experiment with homebrew recipes to find what works best for you. As a fellow homebrewer and beer enthusiast, I have created several raw ale recipes that you can try out for inspiration. 
One of my personal favorites is a Sour IPA brewed with Setouchi lemons from Japan, which gives the beer a citrusy and floral character. Here's the list of beers brewed by myself with this technique including their recipes:
SetoLeman - Sour IPA 7.0% -> recipes
Yuki no Hi [Snowy day] - Hazy IPA 7.7% -> recipes
Nankin - Pumpkin Ale 5.5% -> recipes​
Kibana Suzushiro [Roquette] - Gruit Ale 7.4% -> recipes

It's important to note that skipping the boiling step can result in a shorter lifespan for the beer compared to boiled beer due to the potential for bacterial contamination. This means that raw ale should be consumed within a shorter timeframe and stored properly to ensure freshness.

Overall, no-boil beer or raw ale is a unique and experimental approach to brewing beer that can result in some interesting and flavorful brews. While it may not be for everyone, it's certainly worth giving it a try if you're looking for something new and exciting in the craft beer world. Cheers! 

Fabrizio Capellino February 24, 2023
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#084 Intersection [Kousaten]
A cross between a sour beer & hoppy pale ale