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Old 11-23-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Juniper Braggot Recipe

I made a juniper braggot back in August that I just bottled recently. It turned out to be fantastic: dark, rich, spicy, and astringent from the juniper. I saw someone comment in another thread that there aren't a huge number of braggot recipes here, so I figured I'd post this one:

1gal batch
30min boil

12oz extra light DME
1oz carafa II
.15oz cascade @ 30min
12oz honey @ flameout
wyeast 3711 french saison yeast

est og 1.059
est fg 1.011
est IBU 13
est srm 14.6

Primary 8/27/11.
Secondary on 1oz dried juniper berries 9/8/11.
Bottled w/.44oz cane sugar for ~ 2 units CO2 11/9/11.

I had about 6oz or so left over after bottling, so I sampled it. The carafa adds smoothness to the juniper and prevents it from being overwhelming; the french saison yeast adds a spicy and citrusy background to the carafa and juniper. My wife's first comment was "Wow, this is a special-occasion beer..."

I'll definitely be making a full 5gal batch of this stuff.

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Old 11-23-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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This sounds like a really neat recipe...I've really liked the brews I've done with juniper in the past, and I absolutely love that yeast strain. Perhaps it's time for me to try another braggot...
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