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Bob D
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Username: Fl_bob

Post Number: 33
Registered: 07-2007
Posted From: 64.12.116.145
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 02:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone here brewed with this? I recently toured Highland Brewing in Ashville and they use it in their summer wheat beer. It's not the whole flower, but the small red things from the middle. They had a pint glass full of them, and we could take a pinch and taste them if we wanted. They reminded me of Lemonhead candy without the sugar. They had a rather unpleasant smell, and most people would not taste them. I am just curious if anyone here has any experience with them.
 

PaulK
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Username: Paulk

Post Number: 719
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 68.84.198.40
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 06:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know someone who brews with them and it gives the beer a great color and tart fruitiness. You often see them listed in Hispanic markets as Jamaica Flower.
 

Craig Henry
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 579
Registered: 04-2003
Posted From: 136.181.195.8
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 08:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

These are the base ingredient for many of the herbal celestial seasonings teas. That is one way to get a feel for how they might look and taste.

BTW - I have used these teas steeped in a little boiled water then added in beer drawn from the tap into a 2 liter bottle. Leave the bags in (better flavor and aroma)and chill / charge with a carb cap on for several hours. Fish out tea bags and voila! 2 liters is enough fru-fru beer to have around my house. Their "true blueberry" makes an outstanding edition to a light summer brew.

Good luck!
 

Paul Muth
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Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 355
Registered: 10-2002
Posted From: 68.210.104.147
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 02:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

~ "2 liters is enough fru-fru beer to have around" ~

Craig, Now you went and did it. When I read that I about choked on a mouth full of coffee.
 

Bob D
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Username: Fl_bob

Post Number: 34
Registered: 07-2007
Posted From: 205.188.116.145
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Paul, any idea how much he is using? I am considering adding it to a Cherry Wheat I am brewing for a family member.
 

Craig Henry
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 580
Registered: 04-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 07:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul,

I am not sure if you were laughing or offended at that comment. I had a hard time peddling 2 liters of blueberry beer to my friends... 5 gallons would require a REAL sales pitch. On the other hand the ladies love it!

Bob - I used 2-3 tea bags in a about a half a cup of boiled water per 2 liter bottle. This left a tartness with a very nice blueberry aroma which was improved by leaving the bags in the beer for a several hours.
 

Bob D
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Username: Fl_bob

Post Number: 35
Registered: 07-2007
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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 07:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Craig. I may give that a shot.
 

Paul Muth
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Username: Pjmuth

Post Number: 356
Registered: 10-2002
Posted From: 68.210.104.147
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 11:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Craig,
Not offended in any way. You really caught my funny bone is all.
 

PaulK
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Username: Paulk

Post Number: 720
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 05:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Thanks Paul, any idea how much he is using?

In a 5 gallon batch of the wit recipe he uses it in, he uses 8 oz. of the hibiscus flowers. They have a pretty significant flavor and color contribution at that level so I don't know how it would mix with the cherry you intend to use.
 

Beertracker
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Username: Beertracker

Post Number: 1206
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 72.16.21.191
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I make a hibiscus (metheglin) mead when I can get enough fresh Jamaican flowers. Viking Blod makes a pretty good example using hops & hibiscus. I've judged a few hibiscus beers & meads in my time. My favorite beer was a Grand Cru entered many moons ago at the Bluebonnet. Good luck!

CHEERS! Beertracker
 

Brew Mot
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Username: Brewmot

Post Number: 41
Registered: 12-2006
Posted From: 71.135.46.232
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 04:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know you can find it in Caribbean type shops. They often call it Sorrel,

They offer it in may forms. Tea, powder, concentrates, etc.