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Old 06-04-2014, 10:54 PM   #41
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I got mine on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Natur...words=hibiscus
I had been collecting and drying flowers of my plants, the aroma difference between the two was amazing with the packaged winning by a mile.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:07 AM   #42
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I found this source for hibiscus also: http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/bulk-d...ibiscus-flower

Good reviews and prices look competitive...especially if you can get some friends together for a big brew and share a bulk order! I think I'm going to poke around some Mexican tiendas and see if any of them have a good source.


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Matt,did you notice the ones you show contain sugar,not that that is a bad thing but this is already a high gravity brew.
I think the keg is going in tonight!
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:53 AM   #44
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Bottled 2 1/2 cases of this tonight. I had almost forgotten how much of a PITA bottling is. Anyways it's more pink than red for sure the smell was great I didnt get to taste it because I literally had exactly 2 1/2 cases with little else but sediment in the bottling bucket. I will post a pic with my thoughts when it's carbonated.

 
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Matt,did you notice the ones you show contain sugar,not that that is a bad thing but this is already a high gravity brew.
I think the keg is going in tonight!
Good catch Chef. You know, I did think it was odd that one of the reviewers talked about eating a bag of them! But they LOOKED so purty in the pic! Ah well. I went to a large Asian Supermarket today and looked to see if they had any...thought they might, in the herbal tea area...disappointed. I'm pretty sure I've seen them in a Mexican market here and there, but I'm not sure how fresh they would be or of what quality. I'll keep looking locally until I either find a good source or it comes time to "sh**, or get off the pot.", as my Dad used to say.
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Well, I found a middle eastern grocery that carries some dried hibiscus flowers for $7.19 lb...but they only carry about 3 containers at a time that each weigh about 0.40 lbs. I bought all three. They'll re-supply, but I didn't ask how long it would be. I bet they could order as much as I wanted though. Anyway, I just thought I'd cover a single flower with hot water and see how it tastes. It's hard to get a photo that accurately captures the color, but it's about like a rose' wine. It kind of has a tart/sour flavor with an earthy, yet citrusy, dry finish, very much like tea. Looking forward to some saison!
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Fuzzy what was your mash temp and did you boil for 90 min?
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It kind of has a tart/sour flavor with an earthy, yet citrusy, dry finish, very much like tea. Looking forward to some saison!

Yeah that's the flavor profile for sure i always think it's like cranberry with a bit of citrus. I make aqua de jamaica at home and its sweetened but still has that flavor profile.


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Mash @ 148 and boiled for 60

 
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Mash @ 148 and boiled for 60

Thanks man! I thought I would have to boil for 90 since it's pilsner malt.


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