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Title: Fun Fermentables
Post by: David Little on January 18, 2010, 09:37:46 PM
I'm giving a talk next month at our homebrew club meeting on fermentables. Besides the obvious ... I wanted to include stories of interesting things other members have fermented. My wildest "non-standard" was bananas in an English mild.

So I'd like to know what is the wildest thing you ever fermented...

David

ps: I'm reminded of the joke ... "You know you're a homebrewer if ..."

My favorite response? You know you're a homebrewer if you go to the grocery store and find yourself saying "I could ferment that. I could ferment that. I could ...."
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: ndcube on January 25, 2010, 10:19:46 AM
Orange juice conentrate in an IPA.
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: dhacker on January 25, 2010, 12:21:03 PM
Not me, but there is a certain brewer/ lhbs owner, who shall remain nameless, that made a Cicada beer once upon a time.  8)
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: denny on January 25, 2010, 04:21:40 PM
Yeah, I recall that!  IIRC, he said the cicadas didn't add much!  ;)
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: bluesman on January 25, 2010, 05:09:31 PM
How about some fresh raisins.  8)
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: joelambic on January 25, 2010, 06:19:00 PM
How about some fresh raisins.  8)
You mean grapes?  ;D

Seriously, I do know of some people who have used raisins in their ciders.
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: enso on January 25, 2010, 10:11:40 PM
How about some fresh raisins.  8)
You mean grapes?  ;D

Seriously, I do know of some people who have used raisins in their ciders.

Sure, raisins are pretty traditional for New England cider.  They add tannins, nutrients and fermentable sugars.
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: roffenburger on January 26, 2010, 05:51:35 PM
How about some fresh raisins.  8)
You mean grapes?  ;D

Seriously, I do know of some people who have used raisins in their ciders.

I'm a big fan of raisins in cider, along with cinnamon. Tasty stuff!
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: David Little on January 28, 2010, 12:32:09 AM
I've gotten a couple interesting emails from my post on TechTalk. My two favorites ...

Carrots in a mead with orange and lemon juice plus zest (Jim P) and
Radishes in a cream ale (Loren B)

Makes my bananas seem tame.
Title: Re: Fun Fermentables
Post by: bluesman on January 28, 2010, 02:13:10 AM
How about some spices like allspice and clove. Just use a very small amount in the secondary of a porter. One could also add some bourbon as well. If you add bourbon...Denny's ears will be burning.  :D