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tired

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So, my gf is at work, and I am up way too early on a Sunday brewing. Right now, my Taddy Porter like beer is in the mash tun, and I just decided that I want to add some coriander to it. I was thinking of adding about a tablespoon of the crushed seeds to the boil. Is this too much? Too little? How long should I boil the seeds for?

And, now my yeast question...A friend ( I promise this is not me) called the other day and told me he left a tube of White Labs yeast out on his counter for 5 days in 70+degree weather. Do you think that his yeast can still activate or is too late for it? Should he make a starter or should he just toss it and head to the brew store and buy another tube?

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Don't know about the coriander.

The yeast will probably be fine. Definitely make a starter. You should be able to tell from that if the yeast is viable.
 

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I would say that a tablespoon of corriander would be to much for a five gallon batch but about right for 10 gal. it is pretty potent. I just did a 5 gal saison and used about a teaspoon.

The yeast, if you have time make a starter and see if the yeast activates if they don't go grab another vial. if you don't have time for a starter Just get another one and put that one in the fridge till you have time to make a starter.

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Thanks for the tips...

wop31: How long should I boil the coriander for?
 

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i usually boil spices for the last tens minutes. a tablespoon is probably too much. I went crazy on a spice beer and now am of the opinion no more than a teaspoon of any spice. you can always drop more in secondary or when bottling if its not enough, but you can never take too much out.
 

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I would put it in the last 10-15 minutes. Corriander in a porter should be interesting you should post the recipe and let us know how it comes out.

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I usually put about 4 tablespoon of coriander in a 5 gal batch when i brew something i want it in, usually it stands out, but not to the point that i think it's too much, but i usually enjoy spicy meals and stuff, so it might be too much for most people.

I think Coriander and Orange peels make a happy marriage as well.
 

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On a tasting note, I added about half a tablespoon of crushed coriander to an American stout whilst in the secondary, and many people enjoyed it. I didn't boil any, it was a whim that came on later, but the roasty ale and coriander really blended well.
 

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