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Old 05-12-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default Pale or Blonde + Jamaica... Help Me Decide!

So I want to make a beer including jamaica (which is hibiscus flower tea). I love the taste of the jamaica drink at the local mexican food restaurant and think it would go great in a summer beer. I am trying to decide what it would go better with though, pale ale or blonde. I am leaning towards the blonde right now, but haven't got a recipe going yet. I need to make some jamaica tea without sugar and see how bitter it is as well. I wouldn't think there is much in the way of natural sugar in the petals.

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Old 05-12-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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I've hear people having success adding the hibiscus (dried) in wheats or wits. Serves similar purpose as adding orange zest.

If I had to choose b/w blonde and pale ale - I'd vote blonde. Pale ales are bitter and hoppy. I'd think the hibiscus adds a sweet/sour note that I can't picture going in a pale.

Although, this is homebrewing and you should do whatever you feel like! I'd actually like to hear how it would taste in a pale ale!

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I was thinking the hoppy/bitter could work work well with the hibiscus if I chose the hops properly. Some are quite floral already.

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For the pale go with something clean for your hops - Magnum/Palasade
For the blond add some wheat malt and then maybe - Northern Brewer/Saaz

I have wanted to do a wheat with rose hips and hibiscus for a while. It might be in the pipeline soon. I have too many projects at once.

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I was going to come in here and suggest a Blonde Jamaican, but I see now that the thread is about beer..... So never mind.

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I've not done a blonde before, think I should find a recipe with fruit added already and sub in the jamaica tea for the fruit? It probably needs to be a pretty basic blonde, with the hops choice being the most important ingredient. I don't want to pick a hop that will conflict. I wonder if Brewer's Gold would be too much if I just used 1 oz at 60 mins, though it is quite a bold flavour/aroma... but I love it so.

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Brewer Gold at 60 would be good.

I like to through in a little Saaz in my blondes, but I don't know how it will ultimately play out with the jamaica.

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My vote is blonde. Keep in mind that without any sugar jamaica tastes like really tart cranberries.

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