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Old 04-09-2009, 02:31 AM   #1
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Default Mesquite charcoal in secondary?

I know that a lot of guys have used oak chips in their beer and I know that many whiskeys are filtered through charcoal, so I was thinking of putting some chips of natural lump mesquite charcoal in my fermenter for a special flavor. Do you think this would impart a nice flavor to my beer? Mesquite charcoal sure gives my steaks a nice flavor.

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Old 04-09-2009, 02:33 AM   #2
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As an experiment, try pouring a beer over one into a glass. Sip it see if you enjoy. Somehow I doubt you will.

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What's the charcoal taste like? If it tastes like, well, charcoal, that's how the beer will taste.

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I say no. Mesquite is a very strong and resinous flavored wood. Not sure if I would want that in my beer. Charcoal is used to strip flavor, I sure don't want that in my beer.

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Instead, try smoking some malt with mesquite. There are some threads on home smoked malt in the AG or Recipe/Ingredient forums.

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Good idea Yuri. I think I would still keep the smoke to a minimum due to the strength of mesquite. I would like to taste something other than the charcoal.

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