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Erich Gaedeke
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Post Number: 41
Registered: 02-2006
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Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 05:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am planning on trying a Raspberry-Ginger Wheat beer but obviously want to be very cautious on the amount of ginger. Wondering if anybody has used ginger and their thoughts. I was thinking of using fresh ginger in a hop bag in the secondary. Any thoughts or recommendations on amount to use?? Thanks.
 

John Baer
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Post Number: 158
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 06:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Erich,
The only time I use spices is for a christmas ale I make. The recipe calls for several spices (including ginger), orange peel and honey, all of which is steeped at 170 degrees for 30 minutes while I'm boiling the wort. When I'm done with the boil I strain the steeped liquid into the mash tun while I'm cooling the wort. Also, I typically use fresh grated ginger.

This recipe, which I got from BP, comes out very good, with a nice ginger flavor. The recipe calls for 6 tablespoons of grated ginger. If you are going to do it in the secondary, I'd probably use an ouce or two and rack it off once the flavor developed to where I wanted it.

The only thing is that it definately takes a little aging for all the flavors to mellow and blend together nicely.

JB
 

Tom Gardner
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 06:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

JB, That's interesting. So no pieces of ginger go into the boil? Just the liquid? Maybe that would cut down on some bitterness I get from boiling the ginger in my Holiday Spice ale. Tom
 

John Baer
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 06:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tom,
That's the only way I've ever done it and it has worked very well. The recipe I have calls for cinnamon sticks, allspice, ginger, orange peel and honey. Everything is steeped and the liquid is added after the boil, while cooling.

It comes out very good with a month or so of aging, all the flavors mellow out and blend together really well. It is always well liked by the by the thanksgiving and christmas crowds.

JB
 

Tom Gardner
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 07:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks JB, I've always thrown them into the boil Would you share the recipe? TIA, Tom
 

John Ferens
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 07:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

JB,

I've thought that, were I ever to use spices again, that I would probably do as you describe. My limited experience with spices have made me hesitant to use them again due to the harsh bitterness they always seem to impart - I'm encouraged to hear that steeping them separately seems to help the issue.

Thanks,
John.