New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermeneter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Adding Vodka




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-14-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
bosbill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Posts: 4
Default Adding Vodka

New to brewing, and for my second batch I bought an Irish Stout kit. being a chocolate fan I asked the clerk at the brew shop about adding chocolate. He recommended grinding some cocoa beans and soaking in vodka before adding to the primary a few days in. My question is why vodka? Why not just water in other words? Also will the vodka have any adverse effects on the fermentation or taste?



__________________
bosbill is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
jlpred55
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 423
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Vodka acts as an extract solution. Soluable in alcohol more than water.

Not unless you add a LOT, the flavor will not be impact by the vodka. This is the only way I add spices to beer. I use 8oz of vodka to steep my orange zests and coriander, for example, on my Wit beers and there is no vodka or burning alcohol taste to the beer.

You want to use a measured amount after pulling samples and dousing each with specific amounts, you can then do some simple math to tell you how much you need for the entire batch batch. BTW add it to bottling bucket, not primary.

BTW Cheap rot gut vodka works great.



__________________

Kegged: Millenium Galaxy IPA, German Pilsner. Apricot Blonde Ale, ACE Witbier, ACE American Wheat.
Bottled: Smoked Red Rye, Old Tanglefoot Barleywine, Tripel, Dubbel, American Farmhouse Ale

jlpred55 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-14-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
permo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 2,711
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts

Default

I agree wtih jlpred55, a vodka "tincture" is the way to go. I make a blond ale then I make a fresh ginger tincture with vokda and add it to the keg, the flavor is fantastic.

__________________
permo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
bosbill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Posts: 4
Default

Thanks guys! jlpred55, why do you prefer adding to the bottling bucket? I've seen recipes for all stages but it seemed like the primary was the way to go for cocoa beans, coffee, or vanilla (and what the clerk recommended)

__________________
bosbill is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-21-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
KipKeane
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1
Default

The vodka acts to sterilize the add-in ingredients without adding too much other flavor.



__________________
KipKeane is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vodka Wheat kurtm85 Recipes/Ingredients 1 11-28-2011 03:04 AM
Vodka Soaked dhoyt Recipes/Ingredients 8 10-13-2011 12:46 AM
Adding Peanut Butter Vodka to Imperial Stout ctclarke87 Recipes/Ingredients 3 02-05-2011 03:57 PM
Hop Vodka? dleonard Recipes/Ingredients 38 12-17-2009 06:12 PM
Vodka coolers without vodka ? brewman ! Recipes/Ingredients 2 08-03-2007 02:30 AM