What happens when adding coconut to beer?

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌brief‌ ‌guide,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌answer‌ ‌the‌ ‌question‌ ‌“What‌ ‌happens‌ ‌when‌ ‌adding‌ coconut to beer?”‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌in-depth‌ ‌analysis‌ ‌of‌ ‌what‌ ‌happens‌ ‌when‌ ‌adding‌ coconut to beer.‌ ‌Moreover,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌also‌ ‌discuss‌ ‌the‌ ‌pros‌ ‌and‌ ‌cons‌ ‌of‌ ‌adding‌ coconut to beer.

What happens when adding coconut to beer?

When the fresh or flaked coconut is added to the beer, it brings out a rich, nutty, earthy flavor. This rich coconut endorsed flavor goes beautifully with darker beers such as stouts, browns, and porters. 

Adding roasted coconut also cuts down on the oils that can lead to a reduced flavor and mouthfeel of the beer. 

If you add fresh coconut to the beer, you’re going to have quite a bit more oil in your batch, but the flavors will be sweet and more tropical-leaning.

Can coconut extracts be substituted for fresh coconut in beer?

Yes, coconut extracts can be substituted for fresh coconut in beer. Coconut extracts are great because they’re very easily available, inexpensive, and fairly easy to add to a batch.

Because of the coconut oil issues and lack of availability, most people opt for coconut extract, liquors, or tinctures.

What are the downsides of adding coconut extract to the beer?

Using fresh coconut produces a more subtle coconut flavor profile whereas these liquid extract additions could be much easier to overuse. 

Coconut extracts available in the market can probably be adulterated with coconut flavorings, which can reduce the quality of taste and texture of the coconut-added beer.

How do you add toasted coconut to beer?

After fermentation, preheat the oven to 150° F (66° C) and toast coconut until golden brown (about 40 minutes). Turn the coconut every 10 minutes to ensure even toasting. Rack the beer into an airtight vessel and add the coconut loss when cool. Give the vessel a good shake every day for 12 to 14 days, until ready.

How much coconut can you put in a beer?

You can add 1 lb of shredded (non-sweetened, no preservatives) coconut per 5 gallons.

Toast the coconut at low oven temperature about 250 degrees. F, flipping often to avoid burning, until golden brown. The reaction may take as little as 10 – 15 minutes or as much as 25 – 30 minutes.

What is the best way to add coconut to the beer?

The best way to use coconut in beer seems to be to add toasted shreds to the beer at the end of the boil or by adding the toasted shreds to beer at the end of fermentation like a dry hop addition. The usage rate for a nice hint of coconut in the nose and mouth is 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 pound per gallon (0.1 to 0.23 kg per 4 L).

How can coconut be added during the secondary fermentation of beer?

The taste of the beer is subtle, so you have to use the optimum quantity of coconut to impart a rich coconut flavor to the beer. It is acceptable to just toast some coconut in the oven and toss that into your secondary fermenting beer. The toasting will bring out the oils and also help to minimize infection risk. It is of more concern if you are bottling and don’t plan to consume quickly.

What is a coconut porter?

A robust dark ale with hand-toasted coconut & hints of mocha


Deep brown to black. 


Sweet coconut with a coffee/roast aroma.


Real coconut; subdued complexity of sweet & spicy.

How can you add fruit to your secondary fermenter?

To add concentrates, purées, or juices to your secondary fermentation, begin racking the base beer to the secondary fermenter. Slowly pour the fruit into the secondary fermenter as the beer is racked so that the fruit and beer mix well. You should stir it with a sterilized spoon.

Can you brew beer with coconut water?

Yes, you can. Boil a cup of coconut water for an hour, cool it, and taste. If it tastes fine, then use it for a portion of your sparge water. If it tastes horrible, try boiling it for 10 minutes only and see if the result is any better.

You can read the health benefits of coconut water here.

How do you make wine out of coconut water?

Coarsely crush the spices in a mortar and pestle. Combine the spices, the lime juice, and the yeast in a glass bowl and add it to the coconut water. Cover and keep for 10 days in a glass container. At the end of 10 days, strain the coconut water and discard the spices.

Other FAQs about Coconut that you may be interested in.

Can I use coconut oil as lube

Can I freeze coconut milk

Why is coconut oil bad?


In‌ ‌this‌ ‌brief‌ ‌guide,‌ ‌we‌ have answered ‌the‌ ‌question‌ ‌“What‌ ‌happens‌ ‌when‌ ‌adding‌ coconut to beer?”‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌in-depth‌ ‌analysis‌ ‌of‌ ‌what‌ ‌happens‌ ‌when‌ ‌adding‌ coconut to beer.‌ ‌Moreover, we have also ‌ discussed ‌ the ‌ ‌ pros ‌ ‌ and ‌ ‌ cons ‌ ‌ of ‌ ‌ adding coconut to beer.