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Old 03-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default Macadamia Nut Caramel Chocolate Cluster Beer

Got some of these from Costco and immediately wanted to make a beer that tasted like them. I figure its alot healthier to make a beer than sit and eat 5lbs of these little bastards. Started on a recipe but wanted to see some thoughts.

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Old 03-09-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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The nuts and chocolate have fats which can cause all sorts of problems in a beer (poor head retention, oily mouthfeel, staling etc...). I had issues with 1 cup of toasted/ground walnuts in the mash, I can't imagine what a pound or two of them would do to a beer.

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I understand about all the fats and crap. I guess I should have worded it better.
The tubs you buy are about 5 lbs. I wouldn't even throw one piece in there. I am looking to brew a beer with a nutty , caramel , chocolate elements using only malt and mybe some extracts of chocolate and macadamia. Oh well.

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Ah, much better idea! Some medium crystal would be a good idea, I normally wouldn't use a couple of pounds, but if you want it sweetness and caramel it wouldn't be a bad idea. For chocolate I've had the best luck with cocoa powder (mix it with some hot water and add it to secondary), although some chocolate malt for color/complexity wouldn't be a bad idea either. For the nuts I think extract is probably the way to go. Keep the hops light so they stay out of the way.

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