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Old 12-24-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
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Default Scotch in beer.

I am enjoying a very nice glass of scotch right now and am wondering about something.

For those of you who have put whiskey in beer, does the quality of the whiskey matter?

Would a really nice scotch be wasted in a brew? Would it taste any better than, say, an Evan Williams?

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:50 AM   #2
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that sounds like a great idea. you should try it and tell everyone how it comes out haha.

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:52 AM   #3
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Default I'd love to .... I'm just hesitant to

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that sounds like a great idea. you should try it and tell everyone how it comes out haha.
waste the scotch. ... maybe the next gift bottle I get...
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:08 AM   #4
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I guess it depends on the scotch and the beer. I wouldn't go dumping my good single malt in a beer willy nilly. It might be interesting to put some Islay malt in a Porter or Stout for a nice smokey/peaty effect though. I hear of a lot of people adding Makers Mark to their Bourbon Barrel beers, so use that price point to judge where to use Scotch.

What I like about Scotch (especially Single Malt) is that its essentially distilled beer minus hops. I think, used correctly, it could really strengthen and brighten flavors in beer.

That said, I've never done it, so I don't have any specific advice to give.

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Old 12-24-2010, 01:12 AM   #5
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What I like about Scotch (especially Single Malt) is that its essentially distilled beer minus hops. I think, used correctly, it could really strengthen and brighten flavors in beer.
blended scotch. It would have to be a single malt. I wonder about something cheaper but still enjoyable like a 12 yr Dalmore or 15 year Glenlivet or Glenfiddich....

I am now talking myself into it....the wife is not going to like this....
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:13 AM   #6
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I used some cheap bourbon last year in a beer. I wasn't real impressed.

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Old 12-24-2010, 03:35 AM   #7
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I've had really good results using oak soaked in McLelland's Islay single malt. I add that and the remaining liquid to a Wee Heavy for a few weeks and it's really nice.

I pay ~$23 per 750ml for that brand I think.

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Old 12-24-2010, 10:21 AM   #8
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Brew up a nice big beer and throw some Laphroaig in there. :-)

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Old 12-24-2010, 11:42 AM   #9
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At a recent "competition" (I use that term loosely), at a local bar, one of the entrants was a porter I believe, with an entire bottle of Jameson in a 5gal batch. It was definitely noticeable and lent a very strong vanilla flavor to the beer. I liked it, but a few of my friends panned it. It did win its "category" (again, I use this term loosely).

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:13 PM   #10
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Check out the latest episode of Brewing TV. Michael Dawson makes something called a "Hot Scotchy". While running off the wort into the boil kettle, he draws off about 1 cup of the wort into a mug and adds some scotch to it, about one jigger i'd guess. Chip thinks it's fantastic, very smooth and drinkable. I think I'll give this a try next week when I brew again.

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