Yerba Mate Soda, “Hive Mate”
Mike Horwath Aug 2016
Makes 5 gallons
Inspired by Club-Mate produced by Loscher Brewery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club-Mate
Modified version of recipe by Dave Toews: http://makezine.com/2010/08/12/how-to-homebrew-club-mate/
- 400 g loose Yerba Mate tea leaves
- I used Rosamonte Especiale, ordered on Amazon
- 650 g sugar
- 6 cups agave syrup
- Could substitute another 650 g sugar
- 4000 mg Caffeine
- I dissolved No-Doze pills in a cup of water and filtered out solids (corn starch)
- Use caution if handling pure caffeine—danger of excess exposure
- 2.5 tsp. citric acid
- 2 tbsp. robust molasses (I used “Grandma’s” brand)
- 0.25 tsp. Angostura orange bitters
- Homebrewer’s kegging supplies: 5-gallon Corny Keg, CO2 tank, regulator
- Cold-brew the Yerba Mate tea by mixing leaves into ~3 L water, and letting soak in refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
- Filter out the tea. I used a spaghetti colander to get out most of the leaves, followed by a fine mesh strainer.
- Heat ~1-gallon water in a large pot. Dissolve sugar, agave syrup, caffeine, citric acid and molasses.
- Combine hot mixture and tea in keg, and fill to 5 gallons with cold water.
- Add orange bitters
- Seal keg, shake to mix, and carbonate to 15 psi.