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Old 04-14-2010, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default Herb heads unite!

I need feeback on the following herbs. I've found relitively zero information about the flavors these herbs impart into a brew, so any help is appreciated.

sweet gale
chamomile flowers
lemon grass
chickory root

What do these do, besides the general description?
When should I add them?

of course it will depend on the beer I'm making, but all in all, just a general run down. Thanks!

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Old 04-14-2010, 02:06 AM   #2
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Reading the title, I was thinking this was going to a "alternative" thread. Ive only used chamomile and I couldnt really taste it. I have had Midas Touch and that uses saffron and I was a fan of it. I added the chamomile to the secondary when I did mine.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:41 AM   #3
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Well, here's your sweet gale: http://www.gruitale.com/bot_bogmyrtle.htm,
Haven't found this specific brewing info on the others, . . .yet.

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Old 04-14-2010, 02:43 AM   #4
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Chamolmile is nice in Belgian Wit. Check this out: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/just...ay-pics-99893/ I'm not a huge fan of Wheat Beers in general, but I think chamomile would go good in a Hefe. Just my opinion.

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I've had a beer made with Sweet Gale. I found it to have an odd sweet after flavor for beer but my friend that makes it loves it and make it regularly.

Always wanted to use lemon grass in a beer. Lemon grass wheat has always made sense to me but hubby hates wheats so I may have to try it in a lawn mower type.

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I added chamomile to my Weissbier last spring and it was hit. Its a subtle, but good addition to any wheat beer, imho.

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I made a blonde with lemongrass. Smells great but I'll let you know what it tastes like later today or tomorrow when I bottle it.

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Just be careful of the Chamomile. I did a Chamomile Kolsch a while ago. Brewed with 1.5 ounces at knockout, then made a vodka infusion, and after thinking it didn't have enough chamomile flavor, added it to the keg. Big mistake. The chamomile overpowered everything. It was sad. Kicked that keg, but it took a while. Be careful with it, but in small doses it is tasty

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I grow lemongrass to cook with (when I can keep the cats from eating it all), so I figured, wth, I'll use it in a brew.

I made a Lemongrass Rye and a Lemongrass Wheat. The lemongrass didn't come out as much in the rye beer the first time (I added it to the boil at 60 and 15 minutes). I added it to the mash the second time and the flavor was more pronounced. I got the "in the mash" idea from one of the recipes on HBT: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/lemongrass-rye-133081/ (scroll to the bottom of the thread for the AG recipe).

The wheat I made with it was BierMuncher's recipe (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/lite...t-clone-34642/) with 8 oz of lemongrass at mash and 20 minutes. This was the best: It was like having the slice of lemon IN the beer.

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I just bottled my blonde that had 1oz of lemongrass added in boil for 5 minutes. It has a definite lemon aroma and a very pleasant, but very noticeable, flavor of sweet lemons. It isn't tart at all just a sweet lemon flavor. Very good thus far.

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