HBT 2014 Big Giveaway - 4/10 Re-Draw Winners Posted!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > earl grey flavor




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2007, 04:58 PM   #1
Dycokac
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 239
Default earl grey flavor

So one of my local breweries has this wheat beer in the summer and it has an earl grey like flavor in it.

I was curious if there's a Hop that imparts a simliar flavor of if maybe the've just used bitter orange in the recipe as I found in one of the threads in here about using tea in a brew.

Any suggestions on a guideline how to get that type of flavor into my brew?



__________________
Dycokac is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
ColoradoXJ13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ColoradoXJ13's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Somerville, MA
Posts: 1,271
Liked 13 Times on 6 Posts

Default

I have been drinking a fair bit of the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner, which I think has a nice tea aroma, it uses all Hallertauer hops, which are also commonly used in Hefe's and Wheat beers.



__________________
ColoradoXJ13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 05:31 PM   #3
Mat33
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3
Default

The earl grey taste (in the tea) comes from the addition of bergamot to the black tea. Try adding some Bergamot (it's a plant) to your beer.

__________________
Mat33 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 05:39 PM   #4
Dycokac
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 239
Default

Would I want to add the bergamont at like the bittering point, or maybe 15-20 minutes towards the end? I'm going more for a flavor than an aroma.

Next question, I have a funny feeling that my LBHS wont have bergamot, so I'll have to find some herb store?

__________________
Dycokac is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 05:45 PM   #5
proton
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northeast Missouri
Posts: 29
Default

Actually the bergamot in earl grey is not the herb of the same name--it's the extract from a bitter citrus rind called a bergamot orange. They're italian. I don't know what precisely the herb tastes like, but if you want earl grey flavor I would try some bitter orange peel.

__________________
proton is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 05:47 PM   #6
Dycokac
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 239
Default

ah yes, and I've found on northerbrewer bitter orange peel by the ounce or pound

I'm guessing i'd use it similar to hop quantities, by using just an ounce or 2?

__________________
Dycokac is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2007, 08:02 PM   #7
proton
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northeast Missouri
Posts: 29
Default

I think an ounce or two at the end of the boil would be noticeable in a five gallon batch--though it really depends on the amount & type of flavoring hops you use. Lots of people use orange peel in belgians, but they're usually hopped quite modestly.

__________________
proton is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-13-2007, 05:57 AM   #8
LouT
Can't wait to go AG...
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LouT's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Reading, MA
Posts: 863
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

You can buy "oil of bergamot" at places that sell essential oils like patchouley,lavender, etc. The earl grey tea is really about the aroma not much of a bergamot flavor in it. If you like your results with the bitter orange peel, you may want to try for some aroma using the essential oil into your secondary, probably as close as possible to time of bottling/kegging...

__________________

Primary - California Common -finally!
Secondary - nothing, back after year plus hiatus
Keg carbing & conditioning - nada
Drinking - store bought: Loose Cannon IPA, Wachusett IPA.
On deck: Trying to decide (beer); wine kit likely (red wine)
LouT is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-13-2007, 09:46 AM   #9
Dycokac
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 239
Default

I might give that a try, This wheat beer I drank had a peppery finish very similar to the peppery flavor of earl grey, I don't remember any aroma of earl grey nose wise really.

The other thing is i need to figure out how they got it so straw yellow, my tries with John Palmers three weisse guy's durned out more golden than straw yellow .



__________________
Dycokac 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
Earl grey stout? fishops Recipes/Ingredients 14 09-06-2011 02:16 PM
Earl Grey Tea wine not clearing. GeeBee Wine Making Forum 8 10-27-2006 07:16 PM