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Old 04-28-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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Default Anyone do this? (adding liqueur as a beer flavoring)

I made an American Style wheat a month ago. It came out very well. I was experimenting with flavorings since I think wheats hold favors well.

I added 1 teaspoon of triple sec to a bottle of brew.

Now, can I add an equal amount at racking without any ill effects over time to the brew?

Not only does it taste really good, it will increase the amount to alcohol to the brew.

Please, all thoughts and ideas welcome.

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I am not familiar with Triple Sec but, would expect that if you don't exceed the Alcohol tolerance for the strain of yeast you use it should still be able to carbonate in the bottle despite the additional ingredient.

However, if TS has any sugars that are fermentable you might have some issues with overcarbonation and potential bottle bombs if not adjusted properly.

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Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. I don't know of anyone who's flavored a batch of beer this way, but it doesn't sound like a terrible idea. You won't add too much in terms of ABV, but you'll add quite a bit of flavor. Another way to get orange flavor is to use a flavored extract or by steeping orange zest in a cup of very hot water, then adding the resulting "tea" to your beer.

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my roommate in college used to add bacardi limon to coronas instead of a lime wedge... this kind of reminds me of that.

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I figured adding alcohol to alcohol would not be a bad thing. As far as the yeast goes, the fermenting would be done already. I would add it at bottling.

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I figured adding alcohol to alcohol would not be a bad thing. As far as the yeast goes, the fermenting would be done already. I would add it at bottling.
Right, but you still need the yeast to carb the bottles, right?
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Adding 750ml of pure ethanol to a five gallon batch would raise the ABV by ~4%. The OP will be adding far less alcohol than that (about 250ml of low proof spirits).

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Adding 750ml of pure ethanol to a five gallon batch would raise the ABV by ~4%. The OP will be adding far less alcohol than that (about 250ml of low proof spirits).
Yes. But what about the sugars it will add on top of the priming sugar?

I would consider that.
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Yes. But what about the sugars it will add on top of the priming sugar?
Good point! Triple Sec is a very sweet beverage and will add additional fermentables. At the concentration he's contemplating, I'd be tempted to prime with it.
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Ok, I added 2 tsb to a bottle and recapped it. The alcohol (sec) seems to separate from the beer just a tad. But once poured into the glass it mixes back in nicely. The flavor is awesome, sweet orange flavor. Almost like "Orange Sunset Wheat"

Experimenting is the fun part, more fun is drinking the experiments.

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