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Old 10-03-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default I have a 1lb bag of juniper berries I am dying to use

Does anyone have a good recipe? I searched using the search to no avail. My main question is do I boil them, or should I add them to the secondary? If I put them in the secondary should I boil them first to sanitize them? What about cracking them open, thats another good question. Is 1lb too many for a 5 gallon batch?

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Old 10-04-2009, 04:30 AM   #2
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Are they fresh? I can imagine that a lb of dried juniper would destroy 5 gallons of beer. Don't really know the difference with fresh vs dry. I have seen recipes in the past calling for less than an ounce as I recall.

Love them in Gin, not wild about the Rogue Juniper Ale which is the only time I had them in beer.

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Old 10-04-2009, 12:38 PM   #3
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Radical Brewing by Mosher has many historic recipes that use juniper berries. You could make a Finnish Sahti.

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They are dried. I really like rouge's juniper ale, which inspired me to pick up some junipers when I came across them. It definitely seems like plenty... just not sure how many or when to add them?

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I have a nice juniper IPA recipe: It's the same batch that won 2nd in the BeeCave IPA-off, but with juniper and some rye. I love the stuff... and so do others.

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
10.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 74.91 %
1.10 lb Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 8.24 %
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 7.49 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7.49 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 1.87 %
1.00 oz Zeus [16.40 %] (60 min) Hops 46.7 IBU
0.50 oz Sterling [8.20 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.75 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (20 min) Hops 19.0 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (15 min) Hops 15.5 IBU
1.00 oz Sterling [8.60 %] (10 min) Hops 8.9 IBU
1.00 oz Sterling [8.60 %] (5 min) Hops 4.9 IBU
0.75 oz Juniper Berries (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

Very lively juniper taste, and plays well with the hops!

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Old 10-05-2009, 12:29 AM   #6
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Woa! that is a lot for my noob self to take in! I will need to modify this a bit as I can only do a mini-mash or extract brew. Thank you very much though- and that does sound really good!


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I have a nice juniper IPA recipe: It's the same batch that won 2nd in the BeeCave IPA-off, but with juniper and some rye. I love the stuff... and so do others.

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
10.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 74.91 %
1.10 lb Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 8.24 %
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 7.49 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7.49 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 1.87 %
1.00 oz Zeus [16.40 %] (60 min) Hops 46.7 IBU
0.50 oz Sterling [8.20 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.75 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (20 min) Hops 19.0 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (15 min) Hops 15.5 IBU
1.00 oz Sterling [8.60 %] (10 min) Hops 8.9 IBU
1.00 oz Sterling [8.60 %] (5 min) Hops 4.9 IBU
0.75 oz Juniper Berries (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

Very lively juniper taste, and plays well with the hops!
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Sorry, didn't mean to scare ya'!

Basically, go for a nice Pale Ale or IPA recipe, and keep the juniper in check. My OG was 1.062, so if you are lower than that, use less. There is plenty of juniper in the recipe above at 1.062 and 0.75 oz of juniper.

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I have a nice juniper IPA recipe: It's the same batch that won 2nd in the BeeCave IPA-off, but with juniper and some rye. I love the stuff... and so do others.

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
10.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 74.91 %
1.10 lb Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 8.24 %
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 7.49 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7.49 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 1.87 %
1.00 oz Zeus [16.40 %] (60 min) Hops 46.7 IBU
0.50 oz Sterling [8.20 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.75 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (20 min) Hops 19.0 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [11.00 %] (15 min) Hops 15.5 IBU
1.00 oz Sterling [8.60 %] (10 min) Hops 8.9 IBU
1.00 oz Sterling [8.60 %] (5 min) Hops 4.9 IBU
0.75 oz Juniper Berries (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

Very lively juniper taste, and plays well with the hops!
Nice! I'm formulating my Xmas beer in my head and it is going to be along these same lines. I've got a nice Scotch ale recipe that I'm going to modify and add some rye and juniper to it. The rye/juniper combo sounds like a killer combo! Some oats would be a nice touch. I've got an IPA on tap now that I dry hopped with Simcoe and Chinook and it has some nice "piney" aromas to it. I'll probably keep the Scotch ale hops (low IBU) untouched except for the addition of dry hopping. I might back off a little on your 0.75 oz as I'll get some extra piney notes from my dry hopping and I don't want to over power it, just make it more complex. I haven't yet decided about any spice additions. I'm trying to thing what spices would do well with piney and junipery flavors. So far, I'm leaning towards some caraway seed. My wife makes a nice saurkraut that has a little bit of juniper berries and caraway in it.
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I too have a juniper pale ale recipe posted here on this site. It's a huge hit with all my friends and has scored very well in competitions. Right now I'm considering making a juniper kolsch, haven't drawn up a recipe for it yet though.

Here's the link to my recipe. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/nort...le-ale-224884/

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I picked up some Juniper berries once thinking that I could use them. I cracked a few and put some in boiling H20 for a while to test the taste. Good thing I did they were terrible. If you don't know exactly what you have I would sure test them out first. I make a pale with Juniper berries, an ounce cracked, at 10 left in the boil and another ounce cracked in the secondary like a dry hop. The ones that I use in the secondary I put in about 1/3 cup of boiling H20 when I use them, it brings out the flavor. I end up with a definate taste but not one that is overpowering.

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