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Old 02-08-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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Hey guys had a friend who wanted to brew a mint beer. We used 5lbs of light malt extract, 2oz of hops and some Californian yeast and a whole lot of mint during the boil. He refreshed the mint every 5 minutes for the last half hour of the boil by scopping out the old stuff and adding a new bunch every set.

The beer has finished fermentation and now is roughly 3.5%. I want to experiment with possibly adding some lime juice and adding some additional (dry or recommendation?) yeast in a secondary fermentation.

Do you see any issues with the acidity of the juice? Will this work. I want to give the beer some added flavor, sweetness as i worry it will be quite bitter from all the mint, and increase the ALC

let me know if you have suggestions for this beer. thank you

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Old 02-08-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Why do you think it will be bitter? I don't think its a foregone conclusion.

As for lime juice, I don't see this complementing mint flavor at all. It certainly won't add sweetness. But in small amount the pH shouldn't affect a secondary fermentation. I'd look at lactose for some sweetness, I do think that might enhance the mint.

Last year a mint porter won the specialty category in a contest I judged.

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Old 02-08-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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I thought a mint porter or stout would be nice too. He was looking for a lighter (body, mouthfeel, not necessarily alc wise) crisper beer. Ya, tried it the other day, it is bitter! I was thinking lime-ade (apologies not lime juice) because it will have plenty of sugar in it, and i thought for a beer of this style idk maybe mint lime would be nice like a mojitio or mikes hard lemonade kinda thing. Personally i don't have high aspirations for the beer but figured it was worth a shot in reagards to trying to salvage an interesting experiment at the least.

I'm open to other flavor profiles, so lay them on me.

thanks for your input/advice

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Old 02-08-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Dry hop with cocoa nibs? Could even do in a small container to test.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Mint can be terribly powerful depending on the type used and the amounts in your boil. How much did you use, and how does the mint flavoring taste?

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As for lime juice, I don't see this complementing mint flavor at all.
Mint...lime juice...me thinks he may be shooting for a mojito themed beer.
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I do a mint porter. I just put fresh mint the secondary. 0.5oz leaves a strong finish that will age out a bit in time.

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Lime juice doesn't sound good with what you talked about. From what you said it sounds more like a mint pale ale..that would be interesting to try

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I'd split the batch and try some with added lime, and some without. At the worst, you'll get to try out a mint ale.

If the lime blends well, you create the first Mojito Shandy.

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I'd just add the lime when you pour the beer like a corona. Fresh lime is always best!

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