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Alex Kieth

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Does any body have a receipe for Ginsing beer? I had some out in B.C. a couple of years ago. Something called Rethink beer, made by Tree Brewery, on contract for some guys. They also added ginko and tribulus as well. It had an.......effect!
I would like to try to make a batch of beer with ginsing root, but I would like an idea of proportions. I have whole dried root from Kamloops. The taste is bitter sweet, not unpleasent at all. The Chinese lady from whom I purchased the roots told me that it is commonly added to chicken soup.
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gadfly_dan

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my approach to using more exotic ingredients has been to make an alcohol extract when possible. Take a cup or two of neutral alcohol (e.g. cheap vodka) and steep your herb in it for a few days to a week, then strain out the chunks and keep the extract in an airtight jar. You can then add drop at a time to find a good ratio of extract to base recipe.

It's generally a good rule of thumb to add herbal flavorings at the end of the boil or even at the time you rack your beer to a secondary fermentor, as the aromatics that give much of the scent and flavor to herbs are volatile and boil off fairly quickly if added during your boil time.
 
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