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Old 09-19-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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My HB Club had a white elephant adjunct exchange, this is where everybody brings an adjunct gift wrapped. People draw a number, then go in order picking out the package, open it or steal one from somebody else.

Well I got molasses... So I have to brew something with it...

  • What dark beers would you guys recomend? I was thinking brown ale or a mild.
  • How much should I use? I was thinking ~ 1/4lb
You guys have any ideas?

BTW - Thank god I didn't get stuck with radishes!!!
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:37 PM   #2
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It would work well in a porter as well. Many historical porter recipes have molasses as an ingredient. I'm planning on using a full pound in the pumpkin porter recipe I am creating. A brown ale would work as well.

To take it to another level, consider using the molasses in something non traditional like a pale ale or IPA. (Just a random McKBrew thought). And yes, thank god you didn't get stuck with radishes.

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Radish might make a great addition to some sort of brew! Just not sure what.

I'd use more than 1/4 #. I'd use like a Pound or so. I Like Pronounced Ingredients.

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Radishes are kind of spicy. I'd think something like a hoppy pale with radish or even a belgian radish pale would be awesome.

Molasses are good in anything brown and darker. +1 on more than 1/4 pound. Go up to 10% of your fermentables and you'll really get the full benefit.

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I've used treacle (similar to molasses) in a mild and thought it was good. It added a sort of chocolatey-taste to it... but not full-blown chocolatey. I didn't use any chocolate malt, which I think would have been complimentary to it rather than overpowering. I used about 1.5 lbs in a 12 gallon recipe, so anywhere around 10% would be fine. I think molasses would be good in a porter or mild, and maybe a brown ale... outside that and I think it would be a bit more risky as to how it would turn out.

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I used about 8 oz (weight) in a Brown Ale, it was very tasty. I should be brewing a similar recipe very soon, plan to use another sizable portion in it.

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I've used treacle (similar to molasses) in a mild and thought it was good. It added a sort of chocolatey-taste to it... but not full-blown chocolatey. I didn't use any chocolate malt, which I think would have been complimentary to it rather than overpowering. I used about 1.5 lbs in a 12 gallon recipe, so anywhere around 10% would be fine. I think molasses would be good in a porter or mild, and maybe a brown ale... outside that and I think it would be a bit more risky as to how it would turn out.
I think I'm gonna try this in Orfy's Hobgoblin Recipe. ~ 8oz
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You can also prime with it. Papazian suggests 1 cup per 5 gallons of beer.

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You can also prime with it. Papazian suggests 1 cup per 5 gallons of beer.
That's a good idea too. Where did you read about it? What book?
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It was either the

Complete Joy Of Homebrewing

or

The Homebrewer's Companion

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