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Old 02-21-2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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All,
I am going to begin brewing a saison this weekend. Really excited about this one, but had a question regarding ingredients....
I bought some coriander seed and plan on using some orange peel as well. Do I need to crush the coriander seed? Do I need to grate the orange peel or stick the peel in? This may seem like an easy question, but honestly...I do not know. Any help is MUCH appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:51 PM   #2
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your coriander will need to be crushed - i put them in a plastic baggie and used an empty beer bottle to crush 'em - some folks use a hammer or a coffee grinder.

if you are using fresh oranges, i would use the zest only, and you'll want to add these spices about 15 minutes before the end of the boil.

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Old 02-21-2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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Everything debaniel said is spot on. Just zest the orange - no white stuff. If you bought dried orange peel from the store, good luck. I wouldn't use it.

If you just crush the coriander with a rolling pin or something, you might want to use a tad extra, as you get less less flavor than grinding it up in the coffee grinder, but beware - lots of coriander makes for a not-good-tasting brew.

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My last Saison used corriander and orange. I did not crush and for my money it was fine. I do plan on making another with even less adjunct and work the yeast for more of those phenolics.

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BTW. It looks like we are giving contradictory advice, but really it's a matter of taste and what you hope to accomplish.

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Thanks everyone. This is exactly what I needed to hear, including the contradictory info! It ALL helps.
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