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Old 06-24-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Pretty new to this forum.
I'm wondering if anyone has ever heard of bamboo beer before?
I've heard rumors but its really difficult to find in the US.
Has anyone tried making a bamboo brew before?

 
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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Cool first post.

Never tried one or tried making one.... but I'm intrigued. You could probably treat them as you would oak: sanitize chips or cubes by either torching them or soaking in vodka, then add to the beer in a secondary fermentation vessel.

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Old 06-24-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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just found this via google - could be a cool experiment on a small scale to see what the flavor is like

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Bamboo beer, produced by fortifying EBL (extract of bamboo leaves) during the processing of normal beer, is characterized by a) typical aroma of bamboo leaves as well as a refreshing and mellow taste; b) abundant in bio - flavonoids and better activities of anti-free radicals and anti-oxidation; and c) excellent storage stability and lower re-ascend of diacetyl. Therefore, bamboo beer is a kind of high -quality healthy beer, which can help lower blood-lipid when consumed frequently.

 
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:39 AM   #4
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just found this via google - could be a cool experiment on a small scale to see what the flavor is like

Bamboo beer, produced by fortifying EBL (extract of bamboo leaves) during the processing of normal beer, is characterized by a) typical aroma of bamboo leaves as well as a refreshing and mellow taste; b) abundant in bio - flavonoids and better activities of anti-free radicals and anti-oxidation; and c) excellent storage stability and lower re-ascend of diacetyl. Therefore, bamboo beer is a kind of high -quality healthy beer, which can help lower blood-lipid when consumed frequently.
The question is where does one get bamboo leaf extract?
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:15 PM   #5
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I'd think at a health food store,since it has two very positive attributes. Or maybe an Asian market.?...
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:02 AM   #6
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Has anyone tried this yet? Great idea adding it in the secondary, I think it could offer some pretty cool flavors. I think ill give it a go this week

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:08 AM   #7
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It sounds kind of interesting got a recipe?

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:33 AM   #8
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I wonder if steeping the leaves and stalks in the HLT for a while and then using that for sparge water would work? We planted bamboo a few years back and have 20' plants about 2' deep and 20 feet wide. It might be time for a 1 gallon test batch!

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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I wonder if steeping the leaves and stalks in the HLT for a while and then using that for sparge water would work? We planted bamboo a few years back and have 20' plants about 2' deep and 20 feet wide. It might be time for a 1 gallon test batch!
Do it! Maybe try boiling the bamboo in your brewing liquor like for sahti... might give you more flavor than simply steeping
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #10
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I've had bamboo tea before, and I think that flavor would be excellent in a light wheat or pilsner with some citrusy hops/yeast notes. I would describe it as the mouthfeel of mint, but with an earthy straw taste instead of the mint flavor.

I might try this myself. Maybe buy a supplement like this, make a tea out of it, and add at bottling:

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CH8Q8wIwAg#
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