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Old 10-19-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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For a 6-gallon batch I'm considering, what do you guys think about mashing a third pound each of roughly chopped pecans, hazelnuts, and macadamias? The grain bill is rather biscuity, but otherwise unremarkable. Obviously, my goal is to get a substantial nut flavor, but not overdo it. Any experiences along these lines?

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Old 10-19-2010, 02:52 AM   #2
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I think the nut oils will kill the head retention.

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Old 10-19-2010, 02:56 AM   #3
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I've listened to some podcasts where professionals address that problem by roasting the nuts. (Draws the oils to the surface during the roasting process.)

Agreed that this might kill all head retention, though.

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Professionals have a lot of experience with nuts though. I don't know...it might work. Go for it and report back. I'd add some extra carapils or something to keep the head up though.

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Old 10-19-2010, 03:10 AM   #5
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I'm no expert on brewing with nuts, but I believe that they contain a substantial amount of lipids, which will kill your head formation/retention and leave an oily slick on the surface of your beer.

Unfortunately, I don't know what the solution to that problem is, besides just using nut flavorings. Maybe you can find some info with the search function.

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Old 10-19-2010, 03:13 AM   #6
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Extracts would probably be the best route to take....if you can find all the flavors. They have to be out there.

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Old 10-19-2010, 03:20 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm not sure I want to use flavor extract. The possibility of adding too much is so high with extract.

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Old 10-19-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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Head retention is overrated. Nice, but not necessary.

NOW PUT YOUR NUTS IN THAT MASH!

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Old 10-19-2010, 04:14 PM   #9
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Well said, sir. Well said.

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Old 10-19-2010, 04:38 PM   #10
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For a point of reference, the recent Can You Brew It recipe for Holgate Nut Brown uses 80g of coarsely ground, roasted macadamia nuts on top of the mash, per 6 gallon batch.

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