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Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

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    Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch


    Long story short, I brewed a milk stout that when poured didn't hold the typical stout head. It tasted just OK, nothing special. I figured why not mess around with it a bit to see what adjuncts I might be interested in trying. Curious to see what others have tried (success or failure). I realize that adding to beer after it has finished is more inline with a cocktail than what will come from adding during the actual brew/kegging process. Still, it interested me and I didn't see letting 2 gallons of brew go to waste.

    So I tried this stout with the following.
    Cranberry:
    Added about 10% by volume. It was OK though it didn't pair as well as I'd hoped. Gave it a bit of a red hue and a bit of tart bite. Not sure it is worth chasing this one further.

    Lemonade:
    Added about 10% by volume. This was surprisingly good. So much so that I'm starting to look for recipes that it might work with. I'd never thought I'd like a citrus hit in a dark beer but there it is.

    Post up what you have tried. I'd like to get more knowledge on what works with what before trying some other styles.

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    always wanted to try brewing but never have had the time

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    I wished I liked beer enough to get into brewing my own. It seems like such a really cool hobby.

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    I've only ever added apples and oranges to my wort. You need a lot though though as the flavor boils down, think maple sugar. Just keep in mind whenever your wort contains fruit the fermentation takes longer and you will have a higher alcohol content from my rookie experience. If you rush it and sugar it up when you bottle they will explode. I actually tried to to an apple brew the first time and loaded the pot up and it was perfect, not like a reds but more like a hint of apple. Came out pretty good, same with cinnamon, always load up, idk why but the flavor in the end product disapates

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    Truth be told I took a 20 year break from brewing and just started again. While a lot remains the same much has changed. Small batches seem to be a thing now. Years ago you couldn't easily lay hands on anything smaller than a 5 gallon soda keg. That's actually why I quit. Tapping a 5 gallon keg seems like a great idea until the realization strikes it's just you and a friend or two. When friends start showing up with 32 oz mugs it's time to switch hobbies. Now there is equipment suited to making smaller batches from 1-3 gallons.
    Anyway, seems I need to revisit a few things as my pre brew organization and preparation isn't as well planned as my post brew tasting enthusiasm. Some lessons to relearn.

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    I stick to kegs only as I gave up on screwing with bottles as taking way too much time and effort. See post above.

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    What type of beer were you adding apples or oranges to?

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    i've been spending a ton of money on trying different micro brews...mostly heavy alcohol content ipas...i specifically like new england style ipas...i can have 1 or 2 and feel pretty good...any more than that and i'm asking for a headache...hanging out with friends i usually go with something lighter...but if i had time i would like to see if i could brew a ne ipa myself...not even sure what kind of setup that would entail to brew that style of beer or if it's easy or hard...maybe once my daughter gets older i will have some time to try it

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    Re: Brewing - making the best of a "nothing special" batch

    Quote Originally Posted by 02redhawk View Post
    What type of beer were you adding apples or oranges to?
    Irish reds for apples and I can't remember the oranges, maybe a wheat? Only did oranges once but I'll say I like apples and they tend to taste better in something of a med body non hoppy brew. Just prefererence of course as I'm not a hop head.

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