Ok, so I have toyed with the idea of making a Gin inspired beer with a slight cucumber flavor (Like Hendrick's Gin). I have seen that Midnight Sun has a Bathtub Gin beer ( a gruit beer brewed with no hops) and Dogfish Head has made their Dirty Fermentini (blonde ale beer brewed with the ingredients from their homemade gin, and olives)
So, here is where I need everyone's help. Some of the ingredients I have not used before, so I am unaware of how much to add. Any help would be great and I figured through the information that everyone could provide a finalized recipe may be created for me to try and brew.
I figured I would start with a good, basic, solid foundation. That is why I picked Dogfish Head Shelter Pale ale clone, and have modified it somewhat. (I also toyed with the idea of a Leffe Blonde clone, but too much grain/spiciness to it already?)
Anyway, here is what I came up with, and please let me know if the amount of herbs, etc. is too much.
10.75 lbs. 2 row pale malt
6.0 oz. (170 g) crystal malt (120 °L)
2.0 oz. (57 g) amber malt (35 ºL) (substitute dark Munich or carastan if needed)
1 lb honey
Mash at 150 for 60 min.
1 Oz Cascade Hops (60 min)
1/2 ounce Crushed Juniper Berrie (15 min)
1/4 teaspoon Orris root powder (15 min)
1 Oz Corriander (15 min)
1/8 tablespoons black peppercorn (15 min)
1⁄2 tsp. Irish moss (15 min.)
1 lb honey (15 min)
1 lemon peel (2 min)
1/8 teaspoon Grains of Paradise (flameout)
1.5 pounds cut cucumbers
0.75 cup (150g) corn sugar (for priming)
From reading another thread, I would like to add cucumbers into the secondary. I am not looking for the big flavor that resulted in that, so I am cutting the amount in half.
Yeast: WLP002 English Ale Yeast or WLP007 Dry English Ale Yeast (opinions)
Notes: alot of the beers I read use Angelica Root, but I could not find any information on how to use it, what it adds (besides bitterness), and a base point for the amount.
Any help/thoughts would be good. I tried to email Midnight Sun for some help on the receipe, but have not heard anything back.