I am big into craft beer these days. I have a particular fondness for American style, hop-crazy IPAs and double IPAs. So I decided to try and make some mustard with an IPA twist to it. If you prefer, you can use other beers as well, I have tried some strong tasting stouts and had success with those too. Mustard is easy and fairly cheap to make, and since the whole process requires no cooking, tasting and adjusting while going along is easy! So why don’t you make your own mustard to go with those delicious smoked brats?
Time: 60 minutes work, 18-24 hours total incl. waiting
Skill Level: Easy
You’re going to need:
- 200 grams of mustard seeds (a 50/50 mix of brown/yellow works fine)
- A small bottle (12 fl oz/330ml) good beer, I like to use a hoppy IPA
- 1-2 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 teaspoons of chili flakes
- 6 tablespoons of honey, maple syrup can also work well
- 0.5 cup of good vinegar (I prefer white wine vinegar for this mustard)
How to do it:
- The night before making the mustard, put all the mustard seeds and your beer into a bowl, mix well, and leave overnight. This will allow the seeds to soak up all the beer.
- Once soaked overnight, put the mixture in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients, pulse until you’ve got the consistency you like. If the mustard is too dry for you, add some water if needed
- Since this is a no cooking process, have a taste, and balance out with honey, vinegar, salt and chili to your tastes
- If you put this stuff in sterilized jars, it will last you weeks/months. Your mileage may vary here.