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Old 02-18-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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I am new to brewing ( 3 batches currently in the pipeline) as is my buddy who has taken up homebrewing with me. He wants to crush up a Butterfinger and add it to the boil with 5 minutes to go. Are there any downfalls or things to watch out for when doing this? I haven't seen much on here about using candy bars, mostly I've just seen people mentioning using cocoa powder.


And does anyone know if 1 regular size candy bar will be sufficient to impart taste to the beer or if we should add more? This is for a 5 gallon batch.

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Old 02-18-2011, 06:44 PM   #2
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I think there may be things in a butterfinger candy bar that you wouldn't want. If you want a butter finger flavour. I wold look to cocoa powder or chocolate malt and maybe some peanuts. I know of some pecan porter recipes floating around. Try the same technique but switch the nuts.

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Old 02-18-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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The fat in the bar will kill the head retention in your beer.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:47 PM   #4
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Not sure if it would dissipate in the boil, but most packaged food contains potassium sorbate, which renders yeast unable to reproduce, effectively stopping fermentation. That's what wine stabilizer is made of. Plus all that oil and crap, I wouldn't put that in a beer.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
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I think there may be things in a butterfinger candy bar that you wouldn't want. If you want a butter finger flavour. I wold look to cocoa powder or chocolate malt and maybe some peanuts. I know of some pecan porter recipes floating around. Try the same technique but switch the nuts.

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Old 02-18-2011, 06:53 PM   #6
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fermented peanut butter candy isn't going to taste like non fermented peanut butter candy. try flavoring the finished beer with peanut extract?

 
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:47 PM   #7
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Try infusing some everclear or vodka with butterfinger. Then add the now butterfinger-flavored vodka to the secondary to taste.

It's a similar idea to adding nut flavor to beer. Often the oils in the nuts will wreak havoc on head retention, and not lend enough flavor. Using alcohol as a solvent to extract the flavors from butterfinger will be much more efficient, and leave behind more fats and oils. Check out this thread.

 
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:54 PM   #8
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Eat the Butterfinger, while you drink the beer.

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:52 PM   #9
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dzlater knows what's up! On a side note, dunking cookies into an espresso stout...cue Homer Simpson's "mmmmmmmmmm"

 
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:37 AM   #10
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so we went ahead with both batches, an American Ale, and the Milk Stout to which I added about 5 oz of unsweetened cocoa powder. As for the peanut infusion thread, I've seen a few options that I'd want to do- either soak the butterfingers in vodka and use the vodka, or use peanut extract. I haven't seen much online in the way of peanut extracts aside from these two links:

non-oil based

and oil-based


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