Strawberry Milkshake Ale

I’ve been a big fan of milkshake style beers for some time. I love how they’re fruity, creamy, and just all around tasty AF. Check my Enigmanilla recipe for some background on the style. For this iteration, I was a little closer to the style by adding fruit in addition to the vanilla beans and lactose. I live near Modist Brewing and they’ve been pumping out some nice milkshake style beers (their shook series). Another brewery from MN, Omni, has been pumping out some amazing milkshake ipa’s with their malt shop series. Now, my turn.

I started with a base of 2 row and golden promise, at a 2:1 ratio. I then added some oat malt and wheat for a creamy body, then a touch of flaked oats and honey malt for silkiness and sweetness. I’ve brewed a similar beer, but I tweaked the recipe slightly. I didn’t want this beer to be hoppy, I wanted the strawberries to shine, but still have some hop aroma. I added a little bittering hops at 60 minutes, an ounce of rakau hops at 5 minutes, and an ounce of mosaic at flameout with a little dry hop action with rakau and mosaic before going on the fruit. Check the recipe.

Strawberry Milkshake Ale

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
3 gal 60 min ~22.74 5.29 SRM 1.077 1.024 6.88%



Name Amount %
American 2-row 4 lbs 44.3
UK Golden Promise 2 lbs 22.1
Fawcett Oat Malt 1.5 lb 16.6
American Red Wheat .5 lbs 5.5
Lactose 6.52 oz 4.5
Flaked Oats 4 oz 4.2
Honey Malt 4 oz 2.8


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Chinook 3.5 g 60 min Boil extract 13
Rakau 1 oz 5 min Boil pellet 10.5
Mosaic 1 oz 0 min Flameout pellet 12.5
Rakau 1 oz 2 days Dry hop pellet 10.5
Mosaic 1 oz 3 days Dry hop pellet 12.5

Othervanilla bean

Name Amount Time Use Form
Lactose 6.52 oz 15 min Boil Non-fermentable sugar
Vanilla Bean 1 each 5 days Secondary Spice
Strawberries 3 lbs 5 days Secondary Fruit


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
London III Yeast 72-76% 64°F – 74°F

Mashmash temperature

Step Temperature Time
Mash 155°F 50 min


Calcium Magnesium Sodium Chloride Sulfate
123 2 12 151 77


Step Time Temperature
Primary 7 days Ambient (~68)
Secondary 5 days Ambient (~68)


Brewed: 1/8/19 | OG: 1.062 | FG: 1.018 | Kegged: 1/20/19 | ABV: 6.04%

Minneapolis tap water: 1 g gypsum, 3 g calcium chloride (mash) | campden | yeast nutrient @ 15

Vanilla bean to primary (split, scraped, & soaked in vodka for 1 week) | Fruit mashed up and added.

+.26 abv for fruit via this.

Over some brews I’m realizing oat malt really drops my efficiency, so I’m going to go back to flaked oats in my future recipes/ adjusting for the loss.

6 Replies to “Strawberry Milkshake Ale”

  1. Esteban Rocha says: Reply

    Brewing my take on this right now. Looks good. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. mrwesleyjohnson says: Reply

      For sure, let me know how it comes out!

  2. Did you have to sanitize the strawberries before adding to fermenter? And I read your description above, but did it have a hoppy finish. Had a similar beer when I Nashville and it was more ipa and that’s what I’m looking to mimic. Thanks!

    1. mrwesleyjohnson says: Reply

      I haven’t had any issues freezing fruit before adding it. It wasn’t really hoppy, but had some nice flavor and aroma. Brew it up!

  3. Used this recipe as inspiration for my own. I used Denali as my bittering hop, and I added a bit of Amarillo I had leftover in the freezer. My scale broke on brew day, so I had to guess at the amount of lactose I added. When adding the frozen strawberries, I put them in a sanitized grain bag and gently lowered them into the beer. My secondary is occupied already. The “cask” version (what my husband and I call our sample after kegging) was excellent.

    Tapped it today, and it exceeded my expectations. We love it. I plan to keep the grain bill and make a creamsicle ipa, using Mandarina Bavaria hops and orange peel in the near future.

    1. mrwesleyjohnson says: Reply

      Hi Sherri, That’s awesome! Sounds really good, glad you used my recipe as inspiration. Keep me updated with future brews!

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