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Old 02-29-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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I am brewing soon and have some Mr beer octoberfest. I was thinking about using molasses and ginger for a little extra flavors. Any thoughts or advice thanks virtual friends.

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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I have no experience with either of those ingredients, but your post immediately made me drool thinking of a beer that tastes like the ginger snaps I used to gorge myself on as a kid. I say go for it and report back!!!

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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I just did a ginger beer where I used raw sugar that still had sugar cane molasses in it. If you use this kind, you will need to boil it to break down the sugar. It becomes as hard as a rock when it dries out. I've used the bottled molasses before, but it tends to be more expensive. If you're using ginger, you can buy both raw ginger root and ginger powder. A small bit of either goes a very, very long way and can easily overpower your beer. I would highly recommend brewing your beer, then adding the powder at bottling (or kegging time). Mix it in, then taste a sample. Start extremely small, then work your way up.

Using raw ginger, it's best to add it right before you boil your wort. It breaks down the cells and extracts a lot more flavor. Cut the ginger root and measure it before hand. For example, if you want to use half an ounce, cut a 1 ounce piece (so you have room for your fingers) and just grate half of it. Grate it over the pot, because if you use a bowl, it sticks to the bowl and it's just annoying. You'll also get more ginger juice. It makes it easier than trying to measure how much ginger you have after it has been grated. The ginger will also stick to your grater, so just wash it off with the wort in your pot (stick it in and shake it a bit). Probably too much info, but just some helpful stuff I noticed while brewing with it.

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Old 02-29-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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Just brewed it I decided to use munton's old ale instead. Added a cup of molasses and 2ginger teaspoons ginger. I also used clove cinnamon nutmeg and a little coriander. Added a ounce of centennial hops and dry hopped an ounce of Columbus hops. Pretty sure its gonna be cooking beer

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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I have brewed quite a bit with molasses with excellent results.

The thing to remember with molasses is that it is slow to ferment out (in my experience). Had a brew after 3 weeks hit my expected FG. so bottled it. Ended up with gushers, it apparently had dropped another 4 points. I always make sure to give my brews with molasses at least 4 weeks in the primary before bottling it up.

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I've done a ginger pale ale a couple of times. Used just a couple of ounces of fresh ginger sliced into disks. I always just throw it into my secondary while I am dry hopping it for a couple of weeks before bottling. Has a nice balanced flavor with the hops.

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:28 AM   #7
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Just had one needs more time but it tastes pretty good really heavy.

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