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Title: Anise Extract
Post by: cytorunner on June 12, 2011, 01:25:52 pm
Hello all,

I am currently finishing a Star Anise Stout in primary and I would like to punch up the anise flavor and aroma and I think that an anise extract could do the trick.  I little background I added 2 oz of whole star anise to the boil and the beer current has a nice anise background but I think it could use a bit more.  I was going to make a simple extract of whole star anise and vodka or grain alcohol and add a few ounces at kegging.  So here are my questions

1.) My recipe for the anise extract is to fill a mason jar approx. 1/2 way with whole star anise and then filled with vodka or grain alcohol allow the mixture to sit for about a week and then use.  Is this a sound recipe or is there a better one you can suggest?

2.)  I do not want the anise flavor to over power the stout but I want people to know they are drinking a beer with star anise, do you think 4 oz of extract at kegging would do the trick or should I adjust the measurement up or down?

3.) Will an extract made from alcohol impart a hash "alcohol" flavor to the stout, it's a foreign extra stout so it is a bit high on the ABV but I do not want the beer to become too harsh.

4.)  Is this nothing more then the fevered dream of a mad man, should be happy with the background flavors I currently have, keg and carb in a week and see how it comes out?

Thanks for your input I look forward to you responses.

Jim
Title: Re: Anise Extract
Post by: denny on June 12, 2011, 02:30:48 pm
2.)  I do not want the anise flavor to over power the stout but I want people to know they are drinking a beer with star anise, do you think 4 oz of extract at kegging would do the trick or should I adjust the measurement up or down?

No way to really know.  When I do something like that, I add a bit, taste, and add more as needed.
Title: Re: Anise Extract
Post by: morticaixavier on June 12, 2011, 03:45:04 pm
+1 to adding a little and trying it out.

You might keg and carb, pour a pint, add a drop or two of extract, taste, repeat until satisfied and then scale up. 5 drops to 1 pint = 200 drops to 40 pints (195 to 39 pints I guess)