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Old 06-05-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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I have a session pale ale in primary ready to go to secondary and I was thinking of adding grains of paradise. I've never used grains of paradise, but know it will add some peppery spice. I'm not sure about amount and wheather adding it to the secondary is the way to go. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-05-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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I've never used them in the secondary, but grains of paradise are great! In addition to the peppery flavor (similar to pink peppercorns) they also have a piny, woody taste with some lemony citrus. Could be great in a session pale.

I would be worried that you aren't actually going to extract anything from them without heat or high levels of alcohol. If you want to add the flavor at this point, I would do an extraction in vodka to add at bottling. That way you can experiment with the level before you add it to the bulk of your beer.

I usually use about a quarter ounce in a wit. You could probably get some good flavors by soaking that much in half a cup of vodka in a sealed container while your beer ages in the secondary.

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I agree with BeerLogic; a bit late to add them directly to the brew, in my opinion. I usually add about 1/4 tsp or so for the last 15 min. of the boil. I would add them to an extraction as well.

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I usually use about a quarter ounce in a wit.
A quarter ounce = 7 grams. I think GoP are sold in 2 gram packages for $s. I think a quarter ozs is a little too much. I generally use 1 level teaspoon for 6.5 gallons, and that is about 2.8 grams.

For the OP:

They will work fine in secondary. crush the grains first, and soak in a small amount of vodka (to sanitize them), then add the grains and vodka to the secondary.
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GoP is pretty strong, I wouldn't use more than 2 grams per 5 gallon batch. I've only ever used them in boil though.

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Oops, I meant an eighth, not a quarter. A quarter is definitely way too much. I don't have a metric scale and I bought some in bulk a while back.

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