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Old 03-29-2011, 06:13 AM   #21
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If you have borage available, my homebrewer's garden book suggests using that for a cucumber-like flavor. not sure how much offhand, I'll have to check back tomorrow

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:08 PM   #22
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If you have borage available, my homebrewer's garden book suggests using that for a cucumber-like flavor. not sure how much offhand, I'll have to check back tomorrow
Ah yes. I used to have a small pot of borage. It is used in some cocktails for its cucumber flavor.

 
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:34 PM   #23
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Cucumber ale sounds awesome, I love cucumber water, cucumber lager would be good too. Wonder if you could put a thin slice or two in the bottle. Are you going to leave the rind on or shave it off? Definitely let us know how it turns out.

I've been using campden tablets for a while now but only to get rid of chloramine in my water so I use a small amount. I didn't even realize you could use it to halt fermentation until I found this thread and then read the wikipedia article. Carbing in the bottle could definitely turn into an issue if you halt fermentation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_tablets

 
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:10 PM   #24
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Where could one get Borage if I don't have time to mail order? I've got access to basic supermarkets like Publix, Wal-Mart, etc.. A lot of hispanic specialty stores.. Haha.. Any ideas?

Oh, and I plan to peel the cukes and coarsely chop em.

 
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:39 PM   #25
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Subscribed. Let us know how it turns out, this sounds interesting. I may want to do this to enter in a home brew comp or something.

 
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:25 PM   #26
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do you guys think peeling the cucumbers is needed?
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:29 PM   #27
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also, anyone think it would be a good idea to put cucumber in a saison? i just put one in the primary and never tried the style before, but it seems like it could be good.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:43 PM   #28
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do you guys think peeling the cucumbers is needed?
Needed? No. I've heard of decent results both ways. I wouldn't worry.

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also, anyone think it would be a good idea to put cucumber in a saison? i just put one in the primary and never tried the style before, but it seems like it could be good.
You'll never know unless you try. Start small for subtle flavor and gauge from there. Worst case scenario you'll end up with a delicious, cucumber-less saison.

 
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #29
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I make cucumber water all the time. I would put a tiny amount of pepper in there as well, when I do this withe cucumber water it makes it more crisp.

Good idea though I am going to attempt this to with some seeds of paradise I have lying around!

 
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:45 PM   #30
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yeah my saison has a bunch of grains of paradise in it already so i figured it might go well together, but i might just leave it alone
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