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Old 07-12-2011, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have a nice looking basil plant with plenty of good healthy leaves. They smell absolutely wonderful, but I really don't have much use for basil. I was thinking that maybe a basil beer would be a good way to use a bunch of it. I did a quick search for basil beer and saw that some people have come up with recipes, but not much info on how they tasted or the best way to add it. If anyone can give me some direction or better yet, a recipe, it would be greatly appreciated!

I want to have a nice warm weather beer to close out the summer months, and was thinking this could lend itself well to a pale ale with some lemon or honey. But that was just my thinking, I could go in another direction if it would be better.

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
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I don't know about basil, but I've had beers brewed with other herbs in the Lamiaceae family. On Friday, at our local homebrew club meeting (SNAFU), someone brought a beer made with sage. I think he used 1 oz at the beginning of the boil and 1 oz at the end of the boil. I feel a little bit uneasy about consuming large amounts of herbs because of the chemical compounds found in many herbs, so I don't think I would drink more than 1 or 2 in one sitting, but it tasted pretty damn good! The base was just a pale ale, and it seems to go together with that style just fine.

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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I am thinking about trying one. I have lemon basil tho. I have lemon verbena as well. Maybe a pale ale.

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Old 07-12-2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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Here's what I found by SEARCHING for Basil

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/honey-basil-ale-255798/?highlight=basil

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/gonna-brew-honey-basil-ale-have-question-228791/?highlight=basil

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/those-you-who-asked-about-honey-basil-brew-i-have-recap-252150/?highlight=basil

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/wallonia-basil-lime-saison-201553/?highlight=basil

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/basil-ipa-07er-40456/?highlight=basil

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/lemon-basil-basil-wheat-179538/?highlight=basil



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/seeking-feedback-cinnamon-basil-ipa-37391/?highlight=basil

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ive tasted some honey & basil ale before and wasnt crazy about it. i love basil in food, but i think it can be too overpowering in beer, so just be careful. YMMV

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The latest issue of BYO has a clone recipe for Bison Brewings Honey-Basil Ale.

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Old 07-12-2011, 07:59 PM   #7
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I don't know about basil, but I've had beers brewed with other herbs in the Lamiaceae family. On Friday, at our local homebrew club meeting (SNAFU), someone brought a beer made with sage. I think he used 1 oz at the beginning of the boil and 1 oz at the end of the boil. I feel a little bit uneasy about consuming large amounts of herbs because of the chemical compounds found in many herbs, so I don't think I would drink more than 1 or 2 in one sitting, but it tasted pretty damn good! The base was just a pale ale, and it seems to go together with that style just fine.
What?? I've never heard of any kind of health risk from herbs.

As for what to do with extra basil, I'd do some pesto sauce if you still have a bunch after the beer. Throw it in the food processor with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, pine nuts and maybe a squeeze of lemon.
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Local brewery here has a Farmhouse Summer Basil on tap that's amazing..

Last weekend I brewed a 1.055 OG rye saison and added a handful of basil from my plant with 5 minutes left in the boil. Smells heavenly right now.

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What?? I've never heard of any kind of health risk from herbs.
Look up St. John's Wort, Ephedra, and Yohimbe. Or take a look at this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_herbs_with_known_adverse_effects

I'm not saying that basil or sage is going to kill somebody. I'm just saying that I feel a little uneasy consuming large amounts of herbs.
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ive tasted some honey & basil ale before and wasnt crazy about it. i love basil in food, but i think it can be too overpowering in beer, so just be careful. YMMV
Yes sir, a little of this stuff goes a long way. You probably won't need very much at all. With the rest...

I agree with the other poster as well about a pesto.
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