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Old 05-28-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Going to do a lenongrass Ginger wheat this afternoon, what's the best way to use the fresh lemongrass? I am thinkIng peel the stalk and add at flameout?

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Old 05-28-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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I make a small bundle - fold it over and tie it up - then add at 20 minutes but you can add whenever. I even put some in the mash once.

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Old 05-28-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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when you cook with lemongrass you hafe to bruise it (hit it with the back of your knife)
to release the flavors. might help to get the lemon out.

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Old 06-01-2011, 11:17 PM   #4
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Keep us updated on this, I'd like to try it if it turns out well.

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I actually soaked a small bunch, roughly chopped, in a small amount of vodka to sanitize and then added it to my secondary. I was pretty happy with the results.

just a thought.

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Old 06-03-2011, 06:19 PM   #6
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I put mine in a grain bag and added them at flame-out then I moved the bag to primary after transferring the wort. It turned out pretty well but was a little strong on the lemongrass flavor. If I did it again I would make sure I could get the bag out after 3 or 4 days.

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:01 PM   #7
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Update: For a 5 gallon batch I ended up using a basic Belgian Wit recipe minus the orange/coriander additions. Yeast of choice was Wyeast Belgian Wit.

I added 5 cubes of candied ginger with 15 minutes left in the boil. I ended up taking one stalk of lemon grass (one whole piece, not one of the small stalks coming off the piece) and peeling off the outer layer. I chopped it up into smaller pieces and brushed it with the back of my knife. I dropped this into the hop bag with 10 minutes left.

One thing I noticed is that the cubes of candied ginger did not dissolve as I expected during the boil, so transferred them to primary as well. After 3 weeks in primary they still did not completely dissolve, but were gone for the most part.

I kegged the beer Sunday and had my first sample yesterday. The lemongrass did not come through as much as I had hoped, next time I will at least double the amount and play around with how I add it to the boil, time etc. I may even add some to primary similar to what is suggested above. The ginger flavor is there, but not as strong as I had hoped. Next time I will experiment with adding a bit more earlier in the process, or perhaps experiment with fresh ginger? All and all not a bad brew, wish the flavors had came through a little more but its definitely crisp and refreshing which is all that matters when its 95' out

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Old 06-17-2011, 02:03 PM   #8
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I find adding ginger works like adding hops. Drop them according to time in boil based on what you want, bittering, flavor, and aroma. In my lemon and ginger wit (5gal) I add 1oz every 15mins (60,45,30,15,0), this has worked out great for me.

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Had anyone tried dry hopping with lemongrass? I just moved a basic saison to the secondary and was thinking of adding some for extra flavor.

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