Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > How much is 1 star anise?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-01-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
rhoadsrage
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rhoadsrage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 286
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default How much is 1 star anise?

So I have added star anise to both a beer and a soda in the last 2 months. They were recipes out of books so I trusted them. Both of them had anise dominate the flavor.

So, is 1 star anise the whole star shaped pod or just one of the little fingers that contains an individual seed?

Cheers.

__________________

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes and oh, my friends it gives a lovely light. Edna st. Vincent

rhoadsrage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
Suthrncomfrt1884
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Rockford, Illinois
Posts: 4,079
Liked 25 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

It's the whole fruit. How are you using it? I like to boil the entire whole fruit with my beer...but if you want a stronger flavor, it can be crushed into a powder.

__________________
He who drinks beer sleeps well. He who sleeps well cannot sin. He who does not sin goes to heaven.

Another HERMS rig...
Suthrncomfrt1884 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 02:35 PM   #3
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,804
Liked 2767 Times on 1657 Posts
Likes Given: 3485

Default

Be careful....That stuff is so over powering. You have to really like that stuff to use a whole one, and it will take forever if you don't like it for the flavor to fade. I would really consider using only one or two little "petals" or whatever they are called.

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 02:47 PM   #4
rhoadsrage
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rhoadsrage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 286
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default

With the beer I made a tincture and added it in secondary, with the soda it was boiled for 15 min. in water. I will definitively lower it to 2 petals if I ever use it again.

Thanks.

__________________

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes and oh, my friends it gives a lovely light. Edna st. Vincent

rhoadsrage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
Whippy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Irmo, South Carolina, USA
Posts: 617
Liked 30 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 109

Default

This is an example of why it is a good idea to taste your ingredients. I mean this not as a criticism of your practices, rhoadsrage, but just as a general comment for everyone.

I know that whenever I bite into those single "fingers," as you called them, when eating Indian food, it is just way too strong. I can see how a whole star thing would be way too much for (I assume) 5 gallons of beer. I might try as many as 2, MAYBE 3 of the sections if I liked it in beer, but my beer tastes are not that adventurous.

__________________

Two weeks to ferment, two more in the kegs
but in just one night it was drained to the dregs

Whippy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2011, 01:48 PM   #6
rhoadsrage
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rhoadsrage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 286
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I have learned my lesson. I usually stick to softer spices but this was my first dealing with a big hitter.

__________________

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes and oh, my friends it gives a lovely light. Edna st. Vincent

rhoadsrage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2011, 02:36 PM   #7
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,804
Liked 2767 Times on 1657 Posts
Likes Given: 3485

Default

You could consider maybe baking with it. Do some cake or bread recipes and add it. What kind of beer is it?

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can't Get Anise Flavor Out of Keg bizybrewer General Beer Discussion 7 05-10-2011 03:00 PM
anise spice in a pumpkin ale JasonToews General Beer Discussion 1 11-21-2010 08:51 AM
Out of Star San... Tsuyako General Beer Discussion 7 09-04-2009 04:26 AM
Anise Spice Substitute? DrMaddVibe General Beer Discussion 4 07-11-2009 01:25 AM
Anise Extract Still Bubbling thesweetlycool General Beer Discussion 1 04-06-2009 08:24 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS