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Old 07-17-2012, 04:17 AM   #1
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iv been interested in adding chocolate to my beer ever since iv heard of it being done. but im still unsure of how ppl are doing it, so what is the best way to infuse chocolate in beer?

Can i just add powdered dark chocolate at bottling time when im carbonating?


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Old 07-17-2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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I am considering this too. What I am going to do is add cocoa powder at 15mins and maybe some dark bakers chocolate too.


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Old 07-17-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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cocoa pwdr in boil, or dry hop with nibs
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:21 AM   #4
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cocoa pwdr in boil, or dry hop with nibs
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:22 AM   #5
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Powder is significantly cheaper than the nibs, too.
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I've used cacao nibs, dark baker's chocolate, and chocolate powder. Here are my experiences:
-Chocolate Powder: Came in a Ghirardelli canister. Added 1/3 pound at flameout in a porter. Fermenter looked really "gunky" and murky, but the final flavor was pretty decent...not great, but decent
-Baker's Chocolate: Added a medium sized bar (chopped) at the end of boil. Pretty much the same experience as the powder, but the flavor was a little more true chocolate flavor.
-Cacao Nibs: Added 4oz. like a dry hop and left in for 7 days. Really nice aroma and very dark chocolate taste. This is my favorite way to impart chocolate flavor and aroma. I think a combo of this and baker's chocolate at flameout would be really nice.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:32 PM   #7
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See this web page:
http://www.maltosefalcons.com/tech/f...ocolate-porter

I'm not vouching for the advice, but it mostly seems reasonable. I recently tried chocolate for the first time and chose to dissolve cocoa in some hot water then add to primary (I would have added at flame out, except that I separate out the trub and figured I'd lose all the cocoa power with it). Results aren't in yet.

Not sure how adding cocoa powder at bottling would work. You'd have to dissolve it in some hot water or vodka first, else it would probably just float in your beer. Regardless, I personally wouldn't want it in my bottles.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:16 PM   #8
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Don't put it in the bottles! As stated before, powder in the boil or dry hop with nibs. I just saw that MoreBeer has a chocolate belgian candy syrup out now. I want to try that.
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I recently bought some of this http://capellaflavordrops.com/grahamcracker.aspx after reading the long Pumking clone thread. It is still in primary, so haven't added it yet, but people talked highly of it in the thread.

The company has a sale going, 5 for $20, so I also grabbed a double chocolate, Peanut Butter, Espresso, and another Graham Cracker. I was thinking about trying to make something like Southern Tier Choklat with the double chocolate, their Java with the Espresso, then blend some of it together for some Mocha. Not sure about the peanut butter, but maybe a porter.

If they work well, i may have to find something to do with the bacon flavoring.
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I recently bought some of this http://capellaflavordrops.com/grahamcracker.aspx after reading the long Pumking clone thread. It is still in primary, so haven't added it yet, but people talked highly of it in the thread.

The company has a sale going, 5 for $20, so I also grabbed a double chocolate, Peanut Butter, Espresso, and another Graham Cracker. I was thinking about trying to make something like Southern Tier Choklat with the double chocolate, their Java with the Espresso, then blend some of it together for some Mocha. Not sure about the peanut butter, but maybe a porter.

If they work well, i may have to find something to do with the bacon flavoring.
i cheched out the website those falvour look awesome! i love experimenting, hopefully the shippins isnt too bad. so how do you add it? im a newbie so im making pre hopped extract beers, basically its a can of wort extract you add it to boiling water with DME. when is the best to add it?


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