Beetroot Beer




About: DIYer and enthusiast of everything. I have been tinkering with a variety of things since my childhood, from simple electronics to workshop and audiovisual.

Everything starts when a friend of mine tell me about how Russians made their sugar. They use Beetroot! So that means beetroot have sugar, then it can be used as a source for fermentation.

This instructable will show you how to make your own Beetroot beer.

This one I made only for a test, let see if it works.

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Step 1: Ingredients & Utensils


400ml (13.5Oz) of Water
1 Beetroot
10g (0.35Oz) of Yeast

500ml PET Bottle
A Knife
A Shredder

Step 2: Let's Peel It

First, peel the beetroot, it's not that hard but a bit frustrating if you don't know how (my situation).

Step 3: Shred the Beetroot

Take your shredder and... well... shred the beetroot. I used only half of the beetroot but, you may use a whole beet if you want a stronger root taste.

Step 4: Put It All Together

Now add all the ingredients in the Bottle, the beetroot the water and the yeast, then Cap it and shake it.

Step 5: Let It Sit

Let it sit somewhere where it will not be disturbed. After one hour the foam will start to grow, that's a signal that the yeast is working.

I will post the results on the next week, with the alcohol % and other results.

Step 6: Results

OK, it wasn't a total failure, my objective of making alcohol from beetroot was reached, although the smell was horrible and the taste well... you know how beetroot juice taste don't you? Based on the scent of alcohol I can say it was about 6% or less.

I will make some modifications on the plans and edit this instructables with the new steps, may be... just a C02 Trap... may be.

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14 Discussions


4 years ago on Introduction

Probably you made one mistake about beetroot. Most common sugar in Poland is made from beetroot too, I think that is a same technology as in Russia. Root that you used is called "red burak", sugar is made from "sugar burak". Google translator translates "sugar burak" to "white beet". It look like this:

I'm going to have a go and this but use loads of ginger and hops - will report back soon.


6 years ago on Introduction

Have you checked this link about making a beet beer?

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Thanks, this one was just a experiment to find out if it's possible to ferment plain beet and water. I'll be taking a look at this link.


8 years ago on Introduction

My grandparents used to make beet wine. When they moved closer to town 10 years ago and we were remodeling their farmhouse we found a bottle of beet wine from 1975! I didn't have any, but they drank the whole bottle. It's something I've wanted to make. My grandma is gone now so hopefully I can find her recipe.

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thnaks for the coment, see my blood wine too, it's beet wine with something extra, ow and i need to update that 'ible too


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Why Boil? it doesn't have Malt or other ingredients for beer, just beetroot and water.


8 years ago on Introduction

Xmm, did you sanitize before proceeding and did you use a bubbler? maybe thats why it smelled so bad ;)

You should give it another go :) and if you do, try adding a little sugar. Lets say a spoon or so and a little less yeast ... that should do the trick! :P


9 years ago on Introduction

I made onion-beer once: It stank, but didn't taste much. Please let me know how this turns out for you.



9 years ago on Introduction

Make sure you post pictures after this thing explodes.  Seriously, I highly suggest you keep a close eye on that.  There needs to be a way for the carbon dioxide to escape without letting air back in.  Essentially what you made there is a time bomb.  I speak from personal experience.  I've been home brewing my own beer for about 10 years, and I've seen glass bottles make quite a big hole in the wall due to trapped C02.

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

I'm keeping an eye out for this one, even that PET bottles can hold about 100PSI. After One day passed the bottle gets more solid, but i think it will not explode for now. If it's starts to get bigger then i will be sure it will blow a hole on the ground.


9 years ago on Introduction

Er, the root vegetable used in the processing of sugar is sugarbeet.

Still, there should be sugars available for fermentation, although I predict vileness in the outcome...

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