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Old 08-30-2013, 04:27 PM   #31
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My sort-of problem: I'm getting NO basil scent/flavor from my samples. I know that it can still develop and meld, that's why it's in secondary. My thought is the Sorachi came on too strong and, combined with the yeast, created the very citrus flavor. Basically, it's a normal saison. Pleasantly sweet, very citrus, touch of coriander, etc from the yeast. (Wyeast 3711).
In my original batch, the basil was pretty subtle.

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So, I'm thinking I may basil-dry-hop. I have plenty of fresh basil in my garden. Did anyone find that the basil came through stronger after bottling? Or has anyone tried this? I figure I'll grab a couple handfuls of basil, rinse, then rinse in Starsan, and toss them in the carboy.

Experts/everyone who knows more than I do (that's all of you), what do you think?
Did you basil-dry-hop this? Curious how that turned out.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:12 AM   #32
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I did! Two full handfuls of basil in secondary for six days. It added a very interesting bitterness, in a good way, and did definitely help out the nose of the beer.

Just cracked one open to get my notes right:

Nose - light, grassy, light lime finish if you know it's there
Taste - crisp citrus, basil comes through on the back end and lingers

It's a great drinking summer beer, was very popular. I will definitely be making it again with the full intention to 'dry-basil' it in secondary. I went for a higher volume of CO2 and serve this beer pretty well chilled. It is excellent. I'll post a picture of the next one I open. This one in front of me is too far gone to be worthy of a photo shoot

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Saisons are the only beers I can brew in summer, bookmarking thread

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When you dry-hopped with Basil, did you sanitize the leaves first? Soak in a starsan mixture, or spray down with starsan?

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When you dry-hopped with Basil, did you sanitize the leaves first? Soak in a starsan mixture, or spray down with starsan?
I added the basil just after flameout during whirlpool so I wasn't concerned with sanitizing it. I didn't even rinse it, picked it fresh off the plants a few feet away and right into the boil kettle.
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Mine's done!
Its a basil bomb! But in a great way.

This is definitely getting brewed again this summer.

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