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Old 04-28-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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My wife buys and sells essential oils.. I have been throwing around the idea of incorporating some in my brews (lemon, orange, mint, etc..). Has anyone ever tried this? Or have any thoughts on how it may effect the beer? Thanks


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Old 04-28-2014, 07:15 PM   #2
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I think that essential oils will be head-killers. Use sparingly!

And maybe incorporate some head-improving dextrin malts (CaraPils, CaraFoam) into your mash, though someone else will have to give you guidance on that (I've never used 'em).

If you have access to it, you could try to incorporate 5-10 ppm of propylene glycol alginate (PGA) as an emulsifier / head retention agent. It's one of those little "processing aid" tricks the big boys use to make their watery beer more appealing.

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Old 04-28-2014, 08:00 PM   #3
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The head retention issue was one of my concerns so they would definitely be used in small quantities. I suppose I may just have an experiment ahead of me..

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I'm familiar with Doterra essential oils, and from what I understand, they are highly concentrated, and usually mixed with fractionated coconut oil as a base for applying to the skin.

As long as the one you are using are marked for internal consumption, I would give them a try on a very small batch, or by testing on a pint of light beer just to get an idea of the flavor additions, strengths & other properties.

In some cases, it may be easier to soak 3-5 sticks of cinnamon in a secondary, then trying to measure 1.32 drops of concentrated cinnamon essential oils. But, I would definitely explore the topic a bit and try it out. Let us know how it goes!
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:39 PM   #5
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Bringing up an old thread but was just google searching this very thing my wife sells doterra and we use oils all the time and got to thinking why not brew with it lol now if only I could get doterra to come out with a hop
Oil I would be happy lol

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The outter banks brew station in NC uses lemon grass essential oils in their lemon grass wheat, if you like lemon this is the beer for you, it's a huge seller. When I spoke to the a Brew Master about why essential oils instead of actual Lemmon grass he said simply it's easier and consistent, he can brew this beer all year, try getting lemon grass in NC during the fall and winter.


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That's cool.. I'll have to look into that. My wife sells the young living essential oils. They have orange and coriander oils.. Hmm I may have a use for those..


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