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Old 04-04-2010, 08:17 AM   #1
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I'm wanting to add some mint extract to an Imperial Stout when I put it in the secondary. I don't want it to end up tasting like mouthwash and I know that stuff is really strong. My question is: for a 5 gallon batch, how much extract should I add? I just want it to have a hint of mint in the finish.


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Old 04-04-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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I haven't done this yet, but my hefeweizen is in secondary, I made a orange vanilla extract to add to it. This is what I'm planning to do, according to advice I heard on the Jamil Show. Wait until bottling time, and take a small 2 oz sample out of the bottling bucket. Add a drop of the extract, smell it and taste it. If it needs more, take another sample and add more. If it needs less, take another, larger sample and add a drop. If you figure out, say, that 2 drops per 2 oz is good, then do the math and figure out how many drops for your batch. Mint stout sounds pretty good!



 
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:59 PM   #3
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I haven't done this yet, but my hefeweizen is in secondary, I made a orange vanilla extract to add to it. This is what I'm planning to do, according to advice I heard on the Jamil Show. Wait until bottling time, and take a small 2 oz sample out of the bottling bucket. Add a drop of the extract, smell it and taste it. If it needs more, take another sample and add more. If it needs less, take another, larger sample and add a drop. If you figure out, say, that 2 drops per 2 oz is good, then do the math and figure out how many drops for your batch. Mint stout sounds pretty good!


That is by far the best idea I've heard. Thanks.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:18 AM   #4
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a little off topic, but how would boiling mint in with the hops work? Personally I like using the real thing as opposed to extracts when possible.

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:22 AM   #5
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+1 maybe you can steep mint leaves in secondary

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:10 AM   #6
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+1 maybe you can steep mint leaves in secondary
I was considering this, but I don't want them to not give off enough flavor and then it not turn out the way I want. I didn't really want to use extract either, but for this first trial, I want to have something good on tap for this summer. I'll mess around with it and see what happens.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:00 PM   #7
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maybe try extract and asctual mint leaves in seperate batches and see wuts better then let us kno



 
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