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Old 03-13-2009, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default Bacon Day & Beer

Some friends of mine created Bacon Day five years ago, a celebration of most glorious swine that occurs the Saturday before Labor Day. As the name would imply, it is a day to enjoy dishes with bacon. We have had everything from bacon benedicts (with bacon fat in the holandaise sauce) to bacon sushi to bacon desserts. Its a great excuse to get fifty people together to drink all day and clog our arteries. Feel free to check out their page here:

International Bacon Day

So aside from spreading the gospel of the most swiney holidays, I am also asking for help:

How would you brew bacon beer?

I'm thinking that a smoky maple stout (I know, sounds weird) might work, or at least a maple something, and then maybe some cooked and thoroughly drained (blotted? remove the fat) bacon in the secondary.

Does anyone have any first hand experience?

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Old 03-13-2009, 04:22 AM   #2
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I think just to make to even more bacony, you should loop the movie Footloose throughout the day.

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #3
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Some friends and I have kicked around the bacon stout idea before too. I think using actual bacon could be problematic, though. It's hard to remove all the fat from something that's like 75% fat. I can't imagine all that fat would be good for head retention, not to mention it would probably leave you with a beer with a short shelf life.

I think using smoked grains and maple syrup or brown sugar might get some of the similar flavors in there. You wouldn't want it to be overpowering anyway.

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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I Farking Love Bacon!

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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Ill 2nd grammatron. i would say use smoked grains and maple syrup or brown sugar to compliment the bacon.

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:53 PM   #6
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Mmmmm bacon...the fruit of the pig.

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:59 PM   #7
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If you can't figure out the bacon beer thing, you should make a few of these to right your wrongs...

We made a few for the Super Bowl and they were actually really good.

Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes

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Old 03-13-2009, 02:03 PM   #8
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If you can't figure out the bacon beer thing, you should make a few of these to right your wrongs...

We made a few for the Super Bowl and they were actually really good.

Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes
HAHAH I saw that on http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/ and said THAT is why i'm fat. It looks soo good!!
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:07 PM   #9
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Some friends of mine created Bacon Day five years ago, a celebration of most glorious swine that occurs the Saturday before Labor Day.
Please thank your friends for me, a bacon holiday is long overdue. Although I am only a few batches in, making a bacon flavored beer was one of my long term goals and reasons for starting to brew.

I have thought about making a smoked porter and trying to add the bacon flavor two way. 1) Smoke some of the grains with bacon 2) Make bacon flavored vodka and add a few drops at bottling time.

I don't think 1 will be very effective and 2 may not work very well either. I have read in another thread that someone was going to try adding esspresso flavor this way (esspresso vodka), but I have also read other people state that it is a bad idea to add vodka to beer. It may depend on when you add the vodka.

Anyway, I don't have any experience with this, so take it for what it's worth. Please keep us updated on any progress you make.
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Here is what you do.

Make a Rauchbeir with 100% rauchmalt. It will taste like you made the beer with ham. Then like you would a slice of lemon in an american wheat, you place a slice of bacon on the edge of the glass. Perfect.

And the smoke flavor of the rauchmalt will compliment all of the bacon dishes.

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