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Old 03-19-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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I have never used this before and will be doing so for the first time in a Saison de Pipaix clone out of BYO magazine. The recipe calls for 1/4 oz at 15 minutes but these damn things look like stars ..... do I cut it up to hit 1/4 oz crush it into a powder fior a 1/4 oz a rough crush kinda like milling grain ? I have not a clue as I have never used it before any input would be quite helpfull.

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Old 03-19-2012, 02:52 AM   #2
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Wow, that's a lot of star anise! Farmhouse Ales has a Saison de Pipaix inspired recipe, and that calls for only 0.5 gram. You can break up the stars into points- I'd be quite hesitant to use more than half a star in a saison.

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I got it in my BoPils lagering right now...I agree with dwarven, star anise is quite potent. I think I used 4 stars total and I may have overdone it (1-gallon batch). 2 crushed (literally just tore it apart with my hands) and 2 whole.

I would think if it calls for 1/4 oz, maybe it is whole, which would be far less potent than crushed

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it is definitely less potent whole. my wife uses it in a honeydew cocktail she makes and leaves them whole cause they look cool floating around. i always break it up when i brew with it, use a lot less than she does, and it comes out a lot stronger. I am steeping it though, too- i use like 2 stars to a gallon.

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I also saved that recipe from byo,it sounds more than good, I love saison's in general but have not try the star anise either.please keep us posted!

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I also saved that recipe from byo,it sounds more than good, I love saison's in general but have not try the star anise either.please keep us posted!
Brew day is Sunday I'll keep you posted !!!
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i did that recipe a month ago. it seems like a lot of star anise, but it gives a really good flavor and aroma. not overpowering at all

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i did that recipe a month ago. it seems like a lot of star anise, but it gives a really good flavor and aroma. not overpowering at all
A bit off the star anise topic but..... Did you follow their mash profile ? The Dingemans pilsner I bought said it is suited for a single step mash. Now I understand the benefits of doing it as a step mash but, being I mash in a cooler steps are a pain in the as*. Just curious if you did the step or single. Also as a modified recipe how do you think Brettt C would go with this recipe or is there already too much going on here and the Brett would muddy it up too much.
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I also have this in my primary right now, can't wait to try it! I used 3522 instead 3726 tho

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i did that recipe a month ago. it seems like a lot of star anise, but it gives a really good flavor and aroma. not overpowering at all
did you crush the star anise or leave it whole etc... ?
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