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Old 02-23-2012, 02:33 AM   #1
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Going through the grocery store I saw some dried chamomile flowers. I picked them up and smelled them and thought this might be something I can brew with. Anyone have any experience with using this?? I was thinking a Belgium wit with this in it. Thoughts ???

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:01 AM   #2
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There is a Wit brewed by Empyrean Ales that has chamomile flowers in it. It is very nice, the head brewer told me he learned to use it during an internship.

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
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<-- see my recipe for a chamomile wheat

and also

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/pile...e-pics-185059/

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:14 AM   #4
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I have thought of doing this myself with a Belgian Wit but haven't tried it yet.

Maybe split the batch in half and "dry hop" with the chamomile so that you don't get stuck with five gallons of something you don't love.

Or make a tea and pour it in at packaging time.

Anyone tried either of these methods?

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:15 AM   #5
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Yeah, chamomile is a pretty common ingredient in wit bier it gives it the "juicy fruit" kinda flavor. I've also seen it used in other Belgian styles on occasion.

I've only used it in the kettle (I think at flameout-I'd have to check, it's been a while since I did a wit). FWIW I think it's a really nice and appropriate addition.

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There are some chamomile saisons floating around. I've heard people suggest Blanche de Bruxelles also has it.

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Chamomile is great in a wit, as other posters have remarked.

Try to get the loose stuff and not already in teabags if you can. The results are a bit better because the flowers are typically fresher than the ones in teabags. If you can only find teabags, don't fret. It will be fine. I'd suggest you remove the flowers from the bags before adding.

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i had a great saison with chamomile in it. Forgot who is the brewer.

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I normally dont like beer with fruit and other things in it but i had some with chamomile in it and it was surprisingly good.

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Maybe split the batch in half and "dry hop" with the chamomile
I took my own advice and split a batch of Pale Ale. In 2.5 gallons fermeted with T-58 Belgian Strain, I added 5 chamomile tea bags (from Peet's Coffee and Tea) in the fermenter after primary fermentation ended for 4 days.

People loved the belgian pale ale but the chamomile could not be distinguished from the yeast (T-58) and hop character (East Kent Golding).

I think chamomile is fairly subtle in a beer with this much character.
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