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Old 05-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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I hear molasses is pretty potent, so how much is too much, for say a 5 gallon batch Og of 1.120, high gravity ale?

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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i did 2 cups in a pumpkin ale last year and couldn't even taste it!! so i would try more than that

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I currently have a beer aging that has 1 lb of molasses (that was one entire jar from the store). It has a bunch of other stuff in it, but the molasses definitely comes through. Don't remember the OG, but it's about 13% so I know it was up there.

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I usually go with 0.75 lbs in my imperial stout and I get a nice background hint of molasses. Then again, with an OG as high as yours, 1 lb would probably hit the mark. Also, since your gravity is as high as it is, I would avoid the blackstrap molasses and go for the lighter "regular" molasses since its sugars are more refined and more fermentable.

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I currently have a beer aging that has 1 lb of molasses (that was one entire jar from the store). It has a bunch of other stuff in it, but the molasses definitely comes through. Don't remember the OG, but it's about 13% so I know it was up there.
That's what I was thinking. 1lb, but I didn't want to ruin it with too much.... Also using whiskey soaked oak chips.
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I usually go with 0.75 lbs in my imperial stout and I get a nice background hint of molasses. Then again, with an OG as high as yours, 1 lb would probably hit the mark. Also, since your gravity is as high as it is, I would avoid the blackstrap molasses and go for the lighter "regular" molasses since its sugars are more refined and more fermentable.
Thanks, I make sure and check what I already have... Bought a bunch a while back ago for wife than she realized that I bought too much...
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That's what I was thinking. 1lb, but I didn't want to ruin it with too much.... Also using whiskey soaked oak chips.
Yeah, I also put some oak chips soaked in brandy in my old ale. I made it back in December, and I took a sample from the carboy Sunday. I think the oak and the molasses go really well together.
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Yeah, I also put some oak chips soaked in brandy in my old ale. I made it back in December, and I took a sample from the carboy Sunday. I think the oak and the molasses go really well together.
Good that's what I was hoping for. That makes me feel a little better with the recipe I came up with, now just got to hash out all the little details with the ppl helping with the brew....
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Check the porter recipe under my name. I use 1.5 pounds of molasses. With a beer this strong, it gives the high alcohol content a rum like hint that goes well with the oak and roasted specialty grains.

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