Originally Posted by nate77
I'm new to homebrewing and am interested in doing this. I have a question on the basil addition.
Is the basil left in the primary during fermentation? Also, I'm thinking about adding some lemon zest in addition to the basil. Would I leave the zest in during primary fermentation as well?
I don't think it matters but I pulled the basil at end of boil. The basil was just the right amount of presence in the finished beer, any more and it might have caused me to lose a few fans (not everyone likes to drink basily beverages), keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to leave it in primary. Anyway this beer was success, and the keg was empty after 2 gatherings. I think using pellet hops (at least to side-by-side the whole hops) is something I'd do in the future as the hop presence seemed muffled by the honey and basil. Anyway this beer will be brewed again soon.
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