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Old 11-26-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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I just transferred a Christmas Ale over to secondary and gave it a sample. Holy ginger! I don't even taste the cinnamon, lol.

I know I used too much but I didn't think it was that much. Can I expect the ginger taste to fade over some time as it ages? Is there a possibility I just taste the ginger so strongly now because it is only a couple weeks old? Anybody with ginger experiences that could share some lessons learned?

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Yes the ginger will definitely fade with time. I noticed the same thing on a Christmas Ale I just did where there was equal amounts of ginger and cinnamon. The Ginger was very strong for the first few weeks in the keg and then after about a month in the keg it started to fade and now has a great ginger/cinnamon balance. Enjoy!

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I dont have much experience with ginger, but i was wondering when and how you used the ginger? From what ive read, the earlier you put ginger in the boil, the more flavor will come through. Also, did you use fresh ginger or powdered?

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Just curious, how much ginger did you use? When and how did you add it to the beer?

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Old 11-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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I dont have much experience with ginger, but i was wondering when and how you used the ginger? From what ive read, the earlier you put ginger in the boil, the more flavor will come through. Also, did you use fresh ginger or powdered?
I always use the freshest ingredients I can get. Never use powders. As for boiling time, there is a sweet spot. Too long and you can boil away flavors, not long enough and you don't extract any. See below for the answer to the rest of your question.

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Just curious, how much ginger did you use? When and how did you add it to the beer?
I used 1 ounce at 10 minutes left in the boil then filtered it out when I transferred it to primary. I also added 1 ounce of new ginger the to primary because I didn't notice much of a ginger taste or smell after my wort cooled. Next time I will not add the second ounce of ginger in primary.

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Yes the ginger will definitely fade with time. I noticed the same thing on a Christmas Ale I just did where there was equal amounts of ginger and cinnamon. The Ginger was very strong for the first few weeks in the keg and then after about a month in the keg it started to fade and now has a great ginger/cinnamon balance. Enjoy!
Gotcha. RDWHAHB, lol. Hopefully I get the same results.

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You should be fine, i used 10oz of grated Ginger in my Ginger beer kind of split between boil and secondary and now like 4 weeks later its already fading quite a lot in the keg.
So much so i will probably bag and throw some into the keg for a few hours before i serve it for the party its destined for.

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I always use the freshest ingredients I can get. Never use powders. As for boiling time, there is a sweet spot. Too long and you can boil away flavors, not long enough and you don't extract any. See below for the answer to the rest of your question.

I used 1 ounce at 10 minutes left in the boil then filtered it out when I transferred it to primary. I also added 1 ounce of new ginger the to primary because I didn't notice much of a ginger taste or smell after my wort cooled. Next time I will not add the second ounce of ginger in primary.

Gotcha. RDWHAHB, lol. Hopefully I get the same results.

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Thats interesting, i made a ginger pale using about 4 oz freshly grated, 2 in the boil at 10 min and 2 in after primary fermentation, and the ginger flavor didnt really come through. This was also a 2.5 gal batch. Im planning on redoing it with more ginger and maybe some lemon juice to help bring out the flavor. Im a huge ginger ale fan, so im looking for really prominent gingerness.
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Thats interesting, i made a ginger pale using about 4 oz freshly grated, 2 in the boil at 10 min and 2 in after primary fermentation, and the ginger flavor didnt really come through. This was also a 2.5 gal batch. Im planning on redoing it with more ginger and maybe some lemon juice to help bring out the flavor. Im a huge ginger ale fan, so im looking for really prominent gingerness.
That's really weird. I used 2 ounces for a 5 gallon batch and I can taste nothing else.

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That's really weird. I used 2 ounces for a 5 gallon batch and I can taste nothing else.

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Did you shred yours as well JB?
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Did you shred yours as well JB?
I did not shred it. I tossed it in chopped up in small chunks.

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