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Old 02-13-2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried to use bayleaf to add a little flavor to the brew? I love the smell and taste, just have no idea how I would introduce it?


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Old 02-13-2008, 04:18 AM   #2
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Man, I love bay leafs too...but I can't see it in a beer...what would you be looking at style wise?

If you were to use it you could possibly treat it as hops... maybe at 15 minute and then at 5 minutes or at flameout... Or try a couple in secondary as a sort of dry hopping... for that I would probably soak the bayleafs overnight in an ounce of vodka to sanitize it then add it with the vodka into the secondary...

It just seems that matching it's flavor to a beer style would be difficult.
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hmm....I wonder if you looked at some of the beers brewed with spruce tips and instead of the spruce use bay...

methinks whatever you do, perhaps you should do it as a 1 or 2 gallon test batch, with only 1/2 a leaf at 15, 1/2 at flameout, then check it when you rack to secondary and maybe add another. Then with brewing software you could scale up the ingredients, and then double the bayleaf addition.

I think it would be like clove and could be overpowering...

I'd like to know what you come up with...


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Wow...I was the only one who replied to this thread last night???

Something else occured to me after I logged off...perhaps a bay/rum porter would be good... Anyone remember "Bay Rum after shave" I think they stopped making it or carrying it in stores because people were trying to drink it...But I love that smell.



I think a good dark porter where you soaked the bay leaves in rum to sanitize, and maybe added some cloves, allspice, cinnamin would be interesting...

Or maybe an apfelwein perhaps...
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wasn't sure about style, just wanted to get some ideas from those with more experience. I wonder if I tossed a leaf or two in the bottle at bottling time would do anything? Thanks for responding! Cheers!
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goes well in a mead tho
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Really? You've done it? How much and how did you do it? Howzit taste?
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What about a Scottish 90. Seems to me that would be right at home , taking the place of the heather!
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i put 2 bayleaves in a 5 gallon batch. i thought the taste was good.
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I finally put 2-3 leaves in at the end of my boil of a pale ale. I bottled yesterday and the smell was great! I tried a sip of the flat beer and it seems just right.


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