Type of extract flavoring? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Type of extract flavoring?

Thread Tools
Old 08-26-2011, 04:04 PM   #1
Aug 2011
Hindsville, AR
Posts: 8

Would there be any difference to the taste of your beer if you were to use Mccormicks extract flavoring from a local grocery store as compared to one made especially for beer from my LHBS?

Is the homebrewery flavoring different from the cooking/desert flavoring?

Thanks, Rob

Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
Aug 2011
Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I have wondered the same thing and almost recently posted the exact question. I have no idea on the answer, however I would assume there are only minor differences. In leiu of asking the question I decided I would do some trial and error and find out for myself. I bottled a batch of Honey Wheat last week and added Raspberry extract (store bought McCormicks) to half, and Strawberry (also store bought) to the remainder. Last night I sampled both and was pleasently surprised with the results. While the beer was still noticeably "green" in flavor, both extracts really came through. I even added a little extra Strawberry to my glass for an over the top taste.

I've read a lot of complaints about "artificial" tastes from extracts, which I myself don't mind, or haven't really experienced. I think if you want the true sweetness then the syrups are probably your best bet, although this may lead to a more artificial taste. If you just want to have the aroma and a subtle hint of the flavor, I would think store bought extracts may be better. One thing I did notice while adding more is that it can start to get bitter.

Again I'm no expert, most of these assumptions are just based off my palatte and thoughts. I'm sure some of the experts will come to your aid here shortly, with much more informed opinions.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2011, 05:37 PM   #3
TopherM's Avatar
Mar 2011
St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 3,974
Liked 450 Times on 355 Posts

Flavor extracts are all pretty much the same, whether they are MARKETED as food flavoring, beer flavoring, or whatever. The only think is that the extracts marketed as beer flavorings often have recommended dosing instructions, whereas you might have to experiment a little with the right dosing if you buy one marketed as something other than beer flavoring.
Primary #1 - Midnight Ryeder (Midnight Wheat and Rye)
Primary #2 - Florida Weiss
Primary #3 - Kane-DOH APA (Honey Citra APA)
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Raspberry Florida Weiss
Keg #2 - Cinnamon Raisin Cider
Keg #3 - NONE!
Bottled - NONE!

Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2011, 12:59 AM   #4
Mar 2010
Posts: 7,619
Liked 635 Times on 554 Posts

Store bought extracts are mostly alcohol. I wonder about what alcohol they use.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Flavoring a kit. SmilinGoat Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 03-20-2010 05:04 AM
Apricot flavoring? not extract? billy_awesome Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 01-05-2009 10:38 PM
Changing an extract recipe to change type of beer? Brewme Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 11-19-2008 06:44 AM
Adding fresh fruit instead of extract flavoring... brewawan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 01-30-2008 04:13 PM
What do I do about extract flavoring...? brewawan Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 01-10-2008 05:16 AM

Forum Jump