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Old 07-06-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Feelin funky Critique please

A friend of mine made some lemon lavender cup cakes and it got me thinking about beer. Here is my plan. It's a 2 gallon batch
2lbs wheat dme
1lbs light dme
1 oz bramling cross 60min
.25 tsp lavender 5min
2 tblsp lemon peel 10 min
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:41 AM   #2
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Lavender is tricky. Sam Calagione, at Dogfish Head, has written about making something using lavender, that was awful. I've read that it can easily dominate the flavor. I think that a 1/4 tsp. is probably the right amount to start with.

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Old 07-06-2013, 03:45 AM   #3
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I've never used lavender, but I'd be worried that (like a lot of aromatics) you might ruin it by boiling it. Then again, I don't know if that's the case for lavender. You might consider making a lavender "extract". Soak it in vodka to extract the aroma and flavor, and then use something like a graduated cylinder with an existing beer, adding small measured amounts at a time until you find the concentration you like.

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I've used lavender one other time it was awful. I used way too much.

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I did a lavender imperial red that turned out great. It was a ten gallon batch so cut it in half if you are doing a fiver. If my memory serves me correctly (It is written down somewhere but I moved recently) I did 1 tablespoon at flame out and 1 table spoon into the secondary fermenter. Good luck!

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I brewed this Saturday. The sample tasted awesome can't wait to drinl one.

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