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Old 11-24-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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So I am in the middle of making a turkey brine and I was debating whether to boil my brine or not. I decided to boil the salt and sugar and add half of my herbs in the boil (to force the tasties out of them) and then cool it down and add the rest of the herbs (to capture the sensitive fragile oils). that made me wonder, could a dry hopped brine make a turkey taste good? Has anybody tried it?

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:35 AM   #2
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Hoppy turkey day everyone!!!
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
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Don't know how it would work , but it's a cool idea.
I'd experiment on a chicken.

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:49 PM   #4
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............Do you mean Dry herbed?

Hops and food work surprisingly poorly.

Even a slightly bitter turkey would taste like ass.

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by cheezydemon3 View Post
............Do you mean Dry herbed?

Hops and food work surprisingly poorly.

Even a slightly bitter turkey would taste like ass.
+1...when I read the topic heading, I threw up in my mouth a little bit. But, hey, everyone's tastes are different so give it a shot
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:54 PM   #6
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I have mixed sage and aromatic hops with butter after brining a turkey in IPA salt water. The hop/sage butter went under the skin and made the turkey very good.

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:33 PM   #7
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Aroma and flavor might be OK, but the word BOIL was in there, so I leaped back.

SERIOUSLY, I put a tablespoon of an IPA in some gravy once and it was inedible, despite the fact that I can drink a sixer of ruination and want another, bitter in food just doesn't work.

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:03 PM   #8
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I usually throw in a beer when I make chili and I often use IPAs. Also tossed a bottle of SN Celebration in a soup I made a couple days ago. It obviously just depends on your tastes, and the main thing is to not overdo it. I make fairly big batches of those things, so the beer isn't like half the broth or anything.

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:08 PM   #9
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I'd put beer in, I don't know about straight-up hops....

 
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:13 PM   #10
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Maybe there's certain hops that wouldn't taste horrible with "turkey herbs" but I personally would stick with the standards. (Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, etc.)

They're tried and true.
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