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ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 730
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 68.51.179.166
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 10:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anyone ever (in their right mind) add peppermint to a beer? I've just brewed a mild that I plan to take to a x-mas party. Planning to spice it up with a little vanilla bean in a short secondary so it doesn't overpowert the 1.040 beer.

If so, let me know how much, and how you did it.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12226
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 10:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

With all due respect, peppermint in beer sounds absolutely wretched to me. I have this image of a beer glass with a sprig of holly and a candy cane (I will resist the urge to make a snide homophobic comment, or perhaps I will be more gracious and attribute it to Martha Stewart after an extra glass of white wine). But I do see that there is such a thing as Emperor Norton's Peppermint Stout from Manchester Brewing of New Hampshire. Most of the reviews for it are not very complimentary, although there were a couple of exceptions.

On a more serious and possibly helpful note, take a glass of beer and add peppermeint extract with an eyedropper until you just begin to be overwhelmed by the flavor. Then scale up the amount (16 drops equals 1 milliliter) and add the extract to the bottling bucket.

(Message edited by BillPierce on November 21, 2010)
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1493
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I might be able to see peppermint in a chocolate porter, maybe. Like cocoa with a candy cane in it.
 

Hedgie Bartol
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Username: Hedgieb

Post Number: 282
Registered: 04-2004
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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 12:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ya know, Peppermint in a Chocolate Stout might not be too bad... maybe even a Chocolate Cherry Stout... Just thinking outside of the carboy...
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 944
Registered: 10-2007
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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 02:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What about spearmint? I've got a bunch growing in the herb garden--it spreads like hops. I've never considered adding it to a beer though. It does make excellent spearmint mojitos.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 731
Registered: 02-2006
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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 03:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kevin-One of the reasons I was thinking of this was that I had a spearmint mead earlier this year and thought it was the most cooling and drinkable mead I had ever tried.

I was thinking of the peppermint patty type of thing with my mild as it is a bit chocolate-y/dark mild style. I had a vanilla mild a few years back that was quite tasty with low amounts of vanilla.

Great efficiency, btw, so I ended up with 6.2 gallons of 1.044 beer. I may end up splitting the last gallon for an "experiment" in a few bottles with varying amounts of peppermint extract added. We'll see.

(Message edited by christo on November 22, 2010)
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2581
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 72.18.28.12
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris, I made a Sweet Stout a couple of years ago and tried the Peppermint Patty route with a few bottles. I did several experiments with McCormick's mint extract in a couple of commercial stouts prior to bottling. My conclusion in the end was two tiny drops of extract per 12-ounce bottle of beer. Seriously, no more. I ended up using 3 in the ones I bottled and that was too much.

I don't think it was at all "wretched", but I wouldn't want 5 gallons of it unless it was being served at a party where you'd have a lot of help drinking it. It make an intriguing novelty beer that was pleasant, but one at a time was enough.
 

Doug Pescatore
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Username: Doug_p

Post Number: 2271
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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 05:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just threw up a little in my mouth...

And put whatever you want in your beer. Someone had the stones to mixed grape jelly and chili powder and made sweet and sour meatballs....and they are darn good.

Doug
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 732
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Drink some peppermint patty beer to wash that vommit breath away!
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 6209
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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 08:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm with Bill Pierce on this one.

I like Vanilla Cream Soda, so a few years ago I thought, "Why not Vanilla Cream Ale?" I added a vanilla bean to the secondary.....and ruined a perfectly good batch of cream ale.

To each their own, I suppose.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 733
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 10:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

**Cue Bill Pierce to close his eyes**

I made a Vanilla St. Chucks Porter a couple of years back that was well received, including some swag in comps. Beaned it for 8 days but was overpowering at kegging, so I let it sit for a month or two. Turned out really nice in the end. Thought the dark mild with a little less vanilla time would provide similar results and make a nice x-mas beer.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12228
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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 11:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Far be it from me to diss the notion of a vanilla porter. Denny's BVIP is a very popular beer.

However, for my taste you can leave the peppermint out of my beer.

Of course the mild is your beer, not mine.
 

mikel
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Username: Mikel

Post Number: 268
Registered: 02-2001
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Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 05:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cervesa crema from Anderson valley anyone?
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4038
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Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 12:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Save the mint for bourbon, drink the beer.
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 737
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Monday, December 06, 2010 - 06:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kegged the mild last night. I'm glad I ended up putting the vanilla bean in there as the base beer was a bit too biscuity and roasty (like a New Belgium or Magic Hat beer). Only a 1/2 a bean added as I didn't want to overpower it. Probably could have gone with a full bean in the end as the vanilla is quite subtle but did add that little bit of sweetness that was missing before.

I bottled several with some peppermint extract added (1 drop, 2 drops, & 3 drops) to see if it turns out drinkable.

Brewer: Christo
Beer: Vanilla Mild
Style: English Dark Mild
Type: All grain
Size: 5.8 gallons
Color: 26 HCU (~14 SRM)
Bitterness: 17 IBU
OG: 1.042
FG: 1.012
Alcohol: 3.9% v/v (3.1% w/w)
Water: Savannah tap (Munich profile)

Grain:
6 lb. 4 oz. US 2-row
8 oz. British crystal 50-60L
6 oz. British crystal 135-165L
2 oz. American chocolate
4 oz. American victory
4 oz. Dextrine malt (Cara-Pils)

Mash: 85% efficiency
Batch sparge 150F, initally planned for 156F for more dextrinous wort, but got tired of fidgeting and added the carapils to boost body instead.

Boil: 60 minutes SG 1.036 6.8 gallons
IM at 15 minutes

Hops:
.5 oz. Fuggles (5.1% AA, 60 min.)
.5 oz. Fuggles (5.1% AA, 30 min.)

Yeast: S-04
 

ChriSto
Advanced Member
Username: Christo

Post Number: 744
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 108.3.75.221
Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 07:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Two words:

One drop.

Made for a very nice peppermint patty type of low gravity beer, but being low gravity it was overpowered at 3 drops of peppermint extract, though the girls in the family liked it that way on x-mas eve.

Still, won't be making 5 gallons of this any time soon. A six-pack was enough.

(Message edited by christo on December 26, 2010)
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 2011
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.252.39.203
Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 02:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A local micro has a Chocolate Mint Porter for their holiday beer. I haven't had a chance to stop by to try it yet, tho. Their Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie beer was very tasty. A "restrained" hand was used for the spice additions.

IIRC, they used actual peppermint chocolate candy added to the boil
 

tim roth
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Username: Hopdude

Post Number: 816
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 98.125.114.182
Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 10:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The owner of the Homebrew shop in Dubuque,IA (the Brewhaus)made a choco-mint Stout a while back. That was a nice tasty beer. IMO.
cheers,tim
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 6231
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 75.165.206.49
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 03:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

PBR and a shot of Old Mr. Boston peppermint schnapps...the shot followed by the 8 ounce tap glass as a chaser, of course.....the 8 ounce glass of PBR could be used as a chaser for even two, possibly 3 shots of schnapps, depending on your mood.....

Am I the only one on the B&V who remembers how to drink like an adult???????
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 2013
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 05:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't chase schnapps with a beer (I'm not a big fan of schnapps), but I've been known to chase a shot or two of Jim Beam with some PBR, or chase a shot or two of Barbancourt Haitian rum with some Presidente beer from the DR (when I visit the Turks & Caicos)

http://www.presidente-beer.com/

Adult enough fer ya, Chumley?

(yeah I know I strayed from the topic of peppermint & beer. Couldn't help it)

(Message edited by pedwards on December 28, 2010)
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2612
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 72.15.105.173
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 05:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mmmm... Presidente! Good stuff on a hot beach.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4066
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 24.99.147.250
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 02:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Am I the only one on the B&V who remembers how to drink like an adult???????"

Bourbon and mint isn't adult enough?
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

Post Number: 748
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 02:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry for the peppermint beer thread, folks. As some of you may recall, my SWMBO typically asks for at least one off-center beer each year (something with a funky fruit or spice). This year it was peppermint and vanilla. Who knows what next year might bring