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EamusCatuli 07-14-2008 04:58 AM

Forget whiskey...Gin Ale?
 
So I have been thinking about making a Dragons Milk Clone, which features 2 oz of Jim Beam in the bottling bucket. I was thinking about skipping it and experimenting instead. What do you all think about a Gin Ale? I figure Gin is already pretty dry and bitter, so I was thinking a light, smooth, and caramelly grain bill would do well.

12 lbs 2-row
2 lbs flaked corn
1-2 lbs crystal 20

.5 oz sterling @ 60
.5 oz glacier @ 15

.5 oz coriander @ 15
.5 oz grains of paradise @ 15

Yeast: Nottingham or WLP001

2 oz gin in bottling bucket

I made the recipe according to how I like my gin, and that is in tonics. The coriander gives it the slight citrus taste and the grains of paradise adds to the spiciness of the gin. The flaked corn gives it a light and crisp flavor while the crystal 20 gives some caramel tastes. I want it to ferment clean so nottingham or WLP001 would suffice, I think.

Any thoughts??

Arneba28 07-14-2008 05:08 AM

I think the gin taste might be fully masked by the coriander, Even in tiny amounts coriander is still noticable but gin might be not strong enough. If you can find those flavor packets for adding to moonshine I would say pick up one of those and add it instead.

EamusCatuli 07-14-2008 05:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Arneba28 (Post 752956)
I think the gin taste might be fully masked by the coriander, Even in tiny amounts coriander is still noticable but gin might be not strong enough. If you can find those flavor packets for adding to moonshine I would say pick up one of those and add it instead.

I didnt even know such packets existed! Where could I find that?

Arneba28 07-14-2008 05:18 AM

I just ran across it the other day, Gimme a few ill find the link

Arneba28 07-14-2008 05:31 AM

I cant find it. I was just over it too it was a horrid little website. I basically looked like a powder that you add to your neutral distilled product. They had rum, whiskey, and tequila and gin. If I find it I will PM you. I should just bookmark every damn alcohol related site I ever hit.

EamusCatuli 07-14-2008 05:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arneba28 (Post 752964)
I cant find it. I was just over it too it was a horrid little website. I basically looked like a powder that you add to your neutral distilled product. They had rum, whiskey, and tequila and gin. If I find it I will PM you. I should just bookmark every damn alcohol related site I ever hit.

Haha, i appreciate it either way. Since I prob. wont get much out of this thread, what do you think of the recipe otherwise?

Bigpete9000 07-14-2008 07:15 AM

Why don't you make your dragon milk clone then soak a handful of Juniper berries in 2 or 3oz of vodka for a day or three then add it a bit at a time till you get the taste just right.

Bob 07-14-2008 10:43 AM

+1. If you want gin taste, use the herb/spice used in making gin - juniper.

Just as you intend to use other spices to get a citrus flavor (though I can't understand why you wouldn't want to zest a couple of limes!), use the appropriate gin spice, no?

I <3 me a G&T on a hot summer afternoon. Shove that trendy mojito. :p

The Blow Leprechaun 07-14-2008 02:31 PM

My favorite is to mix gin and limeade... the gin dries out the limeade some and gives it an herbal aftertaste... really nice.

I'm curious how this'll come out, but I dunno if I'd try it with more than a 1 gallon batch. I'm not sure how I feel about the crystal malt - gin and caramel doesn't sound like such a good combination to me. I'd probably go for something like a straight witbier, maybe even leaving out the coriander and just using gin + orange zest.

EamusCatuli 07-14-2008 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by The Blow Leprechaun (Post 753201)
My favorite is to mix gin and limeade... the gin dries out the limeade some and gives it an herbal aftertaste... really nice.

I'm curious how this'll come out, but I dunno if I'd try it with more than a 1 gallon batch. I'm not sure how I feel about the crystal malt - gin and caramel doesn't sound like such a good combination to me. I'd probably go for something like a straight witbier, maybe even leaving out the coriander and just using gin + orange zest.

Yeah I feel ya for not using the caramel, I was thinking the same thing too. However, gin is so dry that there needs to be something malty in there without adding too much dominant flavors ya know? Crystal was all I could think of. Maybe using wheat as an adjunct instead of corn could do it and then I could drop the crystal....


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