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Post  JaymeG on Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:48 am

Well I myself have just played around with a couple beers with spices & fruits. I would say if anything, treat it like food. Don't go overboard. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE FLAVOR!! But too much of 1 thing can ruin it all.

The 1 beer of mine (F.B.I.) that is a pretty good hit with the club I use REAL oranges (not just bitter orange peel). As the boil is going, I prep the oj & peels. I just squeeze out the juice, & separate the peels. 10 min left of the boil I put in my mesured amount of fresh squeezed O.J. & some peels (to sanitize). Then once cooled I throw the peels in the fermentor. I LOVE the beer! I usually have some on hand (except now, I got ahead of myself Sad )

I also just made 2 5 gallon batches of pumpkin spice. They both have cinnamon, nutmeg, & brown sugar. The difference is 1 has mollases & the other doesn't. They aren't quite ready yet but I have snuck out a bottle of each. I like the mollases a little better! I was worried though about how much spice to throw in. Cinnamon & nutmeg could EASILY ruin your batch in a quick hurry with too much. I used a tsp of each & it coulda used a little more. But... better safe than sorry!

Best advise is try little & if you like it but needs more, do more next time. But at least if you aren't the biggest fan of it & you just used a little bit & gives a slight after taste, then it's drinkable at least!

Hope my 2 cents help a little..........CHEERS!
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Post  randi philleo on Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:28 pm

Whoops, thought I linked it: http://www.suite101.com/content/brewing-herb-and-spice-beer-at-home-a90277

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Post  dkwandt on Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:26 pm

on line or paper? i would love to read that!
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Post  randi philleo on Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:20 pm

We used the cardamom a long time ago in a Wit recipe. It was good, but very potent. I think if we'd cut the dose down a bit, it would have been perfect. I think typical recipes call for 1/2 to 2 tsp of cardamom, and we were on the higher end of that. We used the seeds and not the pods. Then theres the desicion of using black, green, or white cardamom. I believe black is supposed to be smokier and have a more potent aroma. The rule of thumb for Indian food is black for savory dishes, green in both savory and sweet dishes. Not sure if that applies to beer, but I do love Indian food.

Yep, we've used the others in the Pumpkin brew. They were great!

As for others, I found a pretty good article with a listing of various spices used in homebrewing here, it has nice descriptions.

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Post  dkwandt on Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:00 pm

mike mentioned that cardamom goes a long way. but why whould you use it? what style, and did you get it right eventually?

cinnamon, nutmeg, what styles, i would think pumpkin? how about pumpkin spice?

any really great success, randi?

i have heard of people using all spice, but are we making beer or a steak? what style or what are you looking for with all spice?
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Post  randi philleo on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:56 am

Being big on the Belgians in our house, we've used cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel.

With cardamom, less is better. Its strong.

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Post  dkwandt on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:28 am

i have used corriander, and orange peel in a belgian wit, but have not been overly adventerous with spices.

i would really appreciate any success, or failures you guys / gals have had with spices.
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