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Old 05-15-2009, 04:59 AM   #1
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Default Ginger in Lager

Hey guys,

I was wondering if any of you could help me at all?

I've got a nice finished clear lager sitting here, but I wanted to experiment with it and add a ginger flavour to it. I've seen some around, but I don't know how they do it.

I've added a ginger flavouring I found, but to my mind it just isn't the sort of thing i'm looking for exactly. It's not sweet enough.

What would you reccomend adding to a finished lager that would give it a nice sweet ginger flavour? I'd prefer not to add any artificial sweetners, as I'm sure you'll understand.


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Old 05-15-2009, 05:38 AM   #2
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I'd slice up some frozen ginger (very thin) and add it to the fermenter for a couple of weeks.

I did this to a sweet mead (with some Serranno chili pepper) and the ginger bite is in there.

However, ginger isn't sweet.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:32 AM   #3
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Cooked ginger is slightly sweeter. Most brews that are sweet and ginger have a higher FG, are flavored with malt when bottle conditioned (instead of sugar for carbonating), or have had a sweetener added.

Also, there are many different types of ginger - some of which are slightly sweet and less sharp and tangy.

I am starting a ginger brew this weekend. I will let you know how it goes and what I learn about it! (If I can find this thread again...)
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