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The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 2253
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 92.235.152.60
Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 07:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm in the mind to make a beer with sweet chestnuts in. I'd add them to the mash. I can get them raw, whole cooked in tins or frozen, as a sweetened purée or as a flour, presumably this would need to be cooked.

I was thinking a couple of pounds in a five gallon batch with pale malt and crystal. Just bittering hops to about 30 ibus and about 1.050. Any thoughts?
 

PaulK
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Username: Paulk

Post Number: 875
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 08:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I vaguely recall some commercial beer in recent years using chestnuts. Sounds like an interesting ingredient.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10812
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I might consider this a starting point: http://www.chestnuttrails.com/pages/about-beer
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 - 02:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The information I found on chestnuts indicates a starch gelatinization temperature of 66 degrees C (151 F). That's somewhat higher than that of malted barley, but it would seem that a slightly hot mash might negate the need for a separate cereal mash. I don't see why a base malt with a relatively high diastatic power wouldn't provide the needed enzymes.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3838
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 01:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was wondering how 5 lbs of chestnuts could make 5 gal of beer. They forgot to list the 5 lb of corn sugar as an ingrediant.
 

The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 2254
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 03:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've just stumbled across a 500g bag of Italian dried chestnuts. I imagine after soaking and cooking they will probably double weight and be enough for a 5 gallon batch.

My plan was to toast them in the oven then soak over night before cooking the bejeezus out of them in the pressure cooker. Then I'd blitz them in the liquidiser before adding to the mash. I'd think that would work. What do you think?
 

Vance Barnes
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Post Number: 3840
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 01:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

blitz them in the liquidiser




I think that translates to putting them in a blender? Might want to use some rice hulls as that liquidisered mush might be sticky.