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Old 12-03-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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Bottling an amber next weekend, wanted to try adding Chai tea to get some interesting spice flavor and aroma. Only want to try this for a gallon or so. Was thinking I should bottle the other 4 gallons, then make a chai tea with priming sugar to use on the remaining gallon. Any other ideas for this or potential problems doing it this way? I guess my other option would be bottle 4 now, add the chai to the carboy and bottle the rest in another week or so......

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:29 AM   #2
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If the tea has no fermentable sugars, you can do it all at the same time.

Move all the beer into a bottling bucket with the priming sugar. Bottle what you want (without the tea), then add the tea to the remaining beer in the bottling bucket.

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Old 12-03-2012, 03:37 AM   #3
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Any ideas on how much to add per gallon? Is vodka extraction/ buying bottled extract a safer bet than the packaged "tea?"

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The best bet would to be finding only the spices without the tea because of the astringency that tea can add. That said, I'm brewing a dunkelweizen with chai right now and I couldn't find the chai spices anywhere reasonable. I found a store that sold quality loose leaf tea that I have used. I wouldn't use cheap bag tea to add to beer because it's usually crappy quality and really astringent. I brewed 1oz of loose tea according to the temp and time recommended for tea by the store in a French press (about 12oz water) and added that at flameout for 5 gallons. I plan on adding more made the same way to taste when I keg it in a few weeks.

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Ended up getting a cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cardamom, and ginger root. currently soaking in vodka for an extract, no idea how the flavors will turn out and took a shot in the dark in terms of ratios

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