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Old 07-04-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default Licorice flavor in beer

Anyone know what specialty malt gives a licorice (or anise)
flavor to some dark beers? It's really nasty and I want
to avoid it. I tasted it in SA Imperial Stout, according to their
web site they use
Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe and Copeland pale malts,
Caramel 60, Munich, Special B, Smoked Malted Barley,
Roasted Unmalted Barley, and Malted Wheat.

I would guess it's the special B.

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Old 07-05-2010, 01:23 AM   #2
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I think they actually use aniseed in very small amounts.

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Old 07-05-2010, 04:52 AM   #3
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How small is small? I actually subscribed to this thread as I tried a dark beer with a slight licorice taste the other day and quite like it so was hoping to find out how to recreated it

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Actually, most good brew shops sell brewers licorice for this purpose.
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...roducts_id=494

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i would think a tablespoon in a 5gal batch would be enough, but it would be easier to use the brewers licorice as chshrecat posted above

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Actually, most good brew shops sell brewers licorice for this purpose.
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...roducts_id=494
That explains a lot. I wonder why they don't mention it on their website
though.

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You might be tasting a combination of the smoked malt and the Special B.

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You might be tasting a combination of the smoked malt and the Special B.
I'm leaning toward the licorice or aniseed explanation, because I tasted
the same flavor in one of Magic Hat's dark beers (I think it was Howl),
which uses totally different malts (crystal and carafa).

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I'm leaning toward the licorice or aniseed explanation, because I tasted
the same flavor in one of Magic Hat's dark beers (I think it was Howl),
which uses totally different malts (crystal and carafa).

Chris
I take that back, it was probably one of Saranac's seasonal brews but
I don't remember which one.

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Old 01-13-2011, 01:12 AM   #10
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My porter has a licorice flavor to it that I wasn't planning on - and I most certainly didn't add any brewer's licorice. I've posted our recipe here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/need...porter-217272/

Anyone figure this out yet?

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