Nut additions - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Nut additions

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-19-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
heywolfie1015
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Los Angeles, California
Posts: 508
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts



For a 6-gallon batch I'm considering, what do you guys think about mashing a third pound each of roughly chopped pecans, hazelnuts, and macadamias? The grain bill is rather biscuity, but otherwise unremarkable. Obviously, my goal is to get a substantial nut flavor, but not overdo it. Any experiences along these lines?

Thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 01:52 AM   #2
Reelale
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Posts: 17,765
Liked 1374 Times on 1332 Posts


I think the nut oils will kill the head retention.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 01:56 AM   #3
heywolfie1015
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Los Angeles, California
Posts: 508
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


I've listened to some podcasts where professionals address that problem by roasting the nuts. (Draws the oils to the surface during the roasting process.)

Agreed that this might kill all head retention, though.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 01:59 AM   #4
Reelale
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Posts: 17,765
Liked 1374 Times on 1332 Posts


Professionals have a lot of experience with nuts though. I don't know...it might work. Go for it and report back. I'd add some extra carapils or something to keep the head up though.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 02:10 AM   #5
ZehBaron
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Reading, PA
Posts: 85
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I'm no expert on brewing with nuts, but I believe that they contain a substantial amount of lipids, which will kill your head formation/retention and leave an oily slick on the surface of your beer.

Unfortunately, I don't know what the solution to that problem is, besides just using nut flavorings. Maybe you can find some info with the search function.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 02:13 AM   #6
Reelale
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Posts: 17,765
Liked 1374 Times on 1332 Posts


Extracts would probably be the best route to take....if you can find all the flavors. They have to be out there.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 02:20 PM   #7
heywolfie1015
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Los Angeles, California
Posts: 508
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Yeah, I'm not sure I want to use flavor extract. The possibility of adding too much is so high with extract.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 03:01 PM   #8
kanzimonson
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 2,174
Liked 44 Times on 40 Posts


Head retention is overrated. Nice, but not necessary.

NOW PUT YOUR NUTS IN THAT MASH!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 03:14 PM   #9
heywolfie1015
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Los Angeles, California
Posts: 508
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Well said, sir. Well said.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 03:38 PM   #10
14thstreet
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 407
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


For a point of reference, the recent Can You Brew It recipe for Holgate Nut Brown uses 80g of coarsely ground, roasted macadamia nuts on top of the mash, per 6 gallon batch.
__________________
Fermenters: Helles, Oktoberfest
Bottled: Old Peculier, Dopplebock, Belgian ale with homemade candi syrup (2 varieties), Berliner weisse
Kegs: Bitter
On Deck: Hefeweizen

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dry stout additions DocBrown Recipes/Ingredients 3 03-30-2010 01:00 AM
IPA Hop additions THEDIETZ Recipes/Ingredients 9 01-20-2010 03:57 AM
Are many hop additions needed? HiGravShawn Recipes/Ingredients 3 12-16-2009 08:46 PM
Golden Ale additions jakead Recipes/Ingredients 2 12-14-2009 05:30 AM
About hop additions GLWIII Recipes/Ingredients 2 11-25-2009 02:59 PM


Forum Jump