Originally Posted by Revvy
If it's an oil product it is useless to us....
That's why with orange we end up using peels to flavor our beer...
You are better off actually flavoring your beer with actually Earl Grew teabags, then you are trying to use the bergamont OIL.
I want to challenge this.
Bergamont oil and Orange oil are perfectly fine to add to the beer. In the example of the orange, the peel contains the orange oil so adding the peel is the same as adding the orange oil.
Essential oils are only oils in that they are based on a poly-carbonic chain and they do do not behave the same as vegetable oil or motor oil would. most essential oils will dissolve readily into an aqueous solution.
In the case of using Early Grey tea instead of bergamont oil, the tea is flavored with bergamont oil to begin with. So this would not save the beer from the oil in the first place.
Now lets take hops for example. The compounds that we call alpha acids are one in the same with hop essential oil and indeed we would not say that they could be polymerized or isomerized if they were not an oil.
Now lets take barley, as a grain it to contains a percentage of plant based fats, or oils. Granted that much of the fat content is removed with the shoots during the malting process, but the husks and the grain still retain some fats.
Back to the orange oil. If you ever work with orange oil in the kitchen you should know that it will dissolve into liquids rather than float on top like cooking oils will. Most essential oils have very different properties than traditional fats do. If you have a 100%
essential oil, as opposed to an essential oil diluted in a carrier oil
, try dissolving it in water. You might be surprised at the outcome.