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Old 02-07-2008, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Has anybody ever used corn or corn cobs during brewing?

I saw some crazy recipe on the Mr. Beer website where they were using a corn cob in the fermentor.

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Old 02-07-2008, 03:57 AM   #2
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well, i wouldn't say Mr. Beer has the greatest recipes (they don't even boil) and i wouldn't just throw corn into the wort. don't know what kind of benefit that would have.

Flaked corn can come in handy though. i made a great cream ale recipe with flaked corn recently. it lightens the body and makes for a nice crisp brew. one of my best ever.

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If this is the recipe, skip it. That looks positively TERRIBLE! Don't put raw corn, crushed peanuts, ice cream topping, and a corn cob in your fermenter. While certainly creative, that recipe is quite haphazard. Search for "Caramel Cream Ale" on this forum if you want a tried and true recipe that's sweet like Crackerjacks.

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corn and rice are used as adjuncts in partial mash and all grain recipes to add OG without changing the color. Corn has a distinct flavor and is generally only used for a very small portion of the grain bill. Just tossing a cob into a fermenter sounds a little cooky to me

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If this is the recipe, skip it. That looks positively TERRIBLE! Don't put raw corn, crushed peanuts, ice cream topping, and a corn cob in your fermenter. While certainly creative, that recipe is quite haphazard. Search for "Caramel Cream Ale" on this forum if you want a tried and true recipe that's sweet like Crackerjacks.
oh, god...that looks terrible.

i was looking through their website, but didn't find that. i just found a buncha recipes with beautiful looking beers next to them

had to look away
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I use fresh (from a can) whole corn kernels in my mash for a cream ale. It makes an excellent cream ale and the corn taste is very nice.

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Don't knock the Mr. Beer- the recipe ok but not the product

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Poor Richard's Ale uses #2.5 of flaked corn out of #13. Really good flavor.

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Default Cream ale . . .

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well, i wouldn't say Mr. Beer has the greatest recipes (they don't even boil) and i wouldn't just throw corn into the wort. don't know what kind of benefit that would have.

Flaked corn can come in handy though. i made a great cream ale recipe with flaked corn recently. it lightens the body and makes for a nice crisp brew. one of my best ever.
Sounds pretty darn good. Do you have the recipe for the cream ale handy? might like to try it one day. I am assuming that it is an all grain, and I am not quite there yet, but one day . . .!
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you could do it as a partial mash. here is the all-grain recipe. if you PM me, i can get you a partial mash recipe when i get home and describe the easy "pseudo-mash" i use in my kitchen. you probably won't need any more equipment then you have now.

here's my AG recipe:

6 lbs of 2-row
0.5 lbs German Vienna
0.5 lbs German Munich
1 lbs Flaked Corn
1 lbs Flaked Wheat

i used hallertau for bittering and saaz for finishing (don't recall how much...recipe's at home.) it really turned out amazingly crisp.

here, check out the BJCP guidelines and Jamil's Podcast

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