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Old 10-30-2012, 01:34 AM   #1
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I recently made a Vienna lager, having run out of cheap vodka I used tequila in my air lock. I am a habitual airlock sniffer, and the smell of the tequila mixed with the beer smell was very nice. I also drank the tequila from the airlock after I racked it for lagering, and it was very tasty (why waste the tequila?). It has me thinking, has anybody ever added tequila to a Vienna lager with good results? Any ideas on how much to add to a 5 gallon batch? Thanks for the info.


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Old 12-08-2012, 04:24 AM   #2
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Granddeity, did you ever receive an answer to your question? I make wheat beer, and a taqueria wants to buy a batch. I said that we could spin a particular flavor for them, and just joking, we were saying we should make it with a tequila flavor.

So now I'm wondering if I could actually do that somehow. I keep my process very simple though; I don't even do a secondary, just straight to bottles. If it can't be done in Primary or in bottles, I ain't doing it!


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Old 12-09-2012, 04:21 AM   #3
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I never got any reply, but I am planning on making a tequila Vienna lager early next year. I plan on adding the tequila to the bottling bucket. I haven't yet decided how much to add.
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It can be used. It is a hell of a waste but a reposado comes out great in some light to medium beers. I decided to do it to an ale back in the day for kicks since I had a few bottles someone gave me. Too much and it just tastes bad but I like it with a tad of wood. Add at bottling.

If you are afraid or just curious, play around with blending. Take a few snifters, add about 100ml beer in each and try 1,2,5ml of tequila, etc to see how you like the taste... Then scale up for the whole batch.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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Sounds like what you taste is what you get. Perfect for me; I want to keep it simple and subtle. I'll do the testing you recommend.

Thanks so much - Cheers!
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I dunno, that combo doesn't seem like something I can get my tastebuds around. Seems to me something like a Dortmunder or a Cerveza; something Light and golden would balance the tequilla, not something dark...

Have you just tried getting a bottle of your favorite vienna lager, and a bottle of tequilla and doing a test blend?
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Subscribed. I love me some Vienna, and I loooooove me some Tequila. Lead the way, my friend.
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Revvy, that is an excellent idea. I will be buying some Vienna lager soon and will mix some tequila into it to see if I actually like it as much as I think I will.
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