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Old 01-10-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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I wanted to do an easy recipe for garlic beer (its for a coworker). I want to just throw it in my old Mr Beer keg so I dont waste a bucket fermentor (and possibly producing 5 gal of crap beer). SO what I found so far is this:

6 pounds, plain light extract syrup (hopped? who knows...)
2 ounces, Cascade leaf (boil)
2 ounces, Cascade leaf (finish)
one Big Thing of garlic (maybe half the size of your fist)
Whitbread dry ale yeast

-of course parred down for 2 gallon batch.

Question: What kind of grain should I seep to get a better flavor? Can I crush grain in a coffee grinder?



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Old 01-10-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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Why would anyone want a garlic beer? That sounds disgusting.


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Old 01-10-2008, 10:13 PM   #3
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I agree, garlic beer sounds about as good as bud light (I call it sparkling horse piss). but I wanted to play around and see what I can come up with.
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I'm not sure citrusy cascades would be a good choice with garlic (imagine eating a grapefruit and munching on some garlic at the same time). For grains, a little bit of crystal 60L wouldn't hurt, though I have no idea how well it would work with garlic.

I wouldn't 'crush' grains in a coffee grinder. Put them in a heavy zip-top bag and just roll them with a rolling pin or a champagne bottle or something.
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Were you thinking raw garlic or roasted? I think raw would probably be way too pungent but roasted in SMALL amount (just a HINT of garlic rather than liquid garlic) might be at least drinkable.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:24 PM   #6
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hey thats not a bad idea, I agree-raw garlic=bad drinking experience. How would you roast it?
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:27 PM   #8
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yeah thats exactly what my boss just said too (we talk beer alot, makes the job more enjoyable)
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I've actually heard of this before. There is a garlic festival (or at least was) somewhere out here in OR years ago that promoted garlic beer. Don't know if there are any commercial examples...
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Since you came up with that Gak & Laurel's recipe, I imagine you've already done the obligatory Google search. As bradsul, mentioned, though, I don't know how well that Cascades will work (although a 15 min addition won't be so bad). I would focus more on a bittering addition to just balance out the sweetness and let the garlic go from there. If you want some sort of hop flavor or aroma, I would more consider a spicier hop.


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