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Title: Licorice sticks
Post by: micsager on October 11, 2011, 03:50:02 PM
OK, so I won first place at a local BJCP competition, and in the prize of "goodies" were two licorice sticks.  I have no clue how to use these things.  This past weekend, we brewed a Jubelale clone, and thought about using them, but didn't want to ruin it. 

Any help on using licorice sticks, would be most appreciated. 
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: tschmidlin on October 11, 2011, 04:06:06 PM
If it's brewer's licorice, typically you throw it in the boil.
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: EHall on October 11, 2011, 04:12:54 PM
I've added half a stick to the boil around 20-30m for stouts...
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: morticaixavier on October 11, 2011, 07:09:48 PM
You can also chew it and it makes your breath smell better. Also good for an upset stomach and loss of appetite
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: jaybeerman on October 11, 2011, 11:00:26 PM
thanks, now I have to go find some Black Jack.  I love the gum but never was fond of the flavor in beer.  I think we added ours at 15-20 mins
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: micsager on October 12, 2011, 04:12:56 PM
I've added half a stick to the boil around 20-30m for stouts...

Can I assume that's a five gallon recipe?  Any other styles that the licorice might be good for?
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: morticaixavier on October 12, 2011, 05:18:48 PM
I've added half a stick to the boil around 20-30m for stouts...

Can I assume that's a five gallon recipe?  Any other styles that the licorice might be good for?

I can see it being interesting in a braggot. Maybe a double?
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: denny on October 12, 2011, 05:22:00 PM
I'd say to be conservative using the brewer's licorice.  A friend gave me a 15 year old RIS that he'd used a whole stick in and it was still prevalent to the point of being almost overwhelming.
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: EHall on October 12, 2011, 10:15:41 PM
yes, it was a 5gal batch... and like denny said, it seems to be more prevailant with time... I noticed as the stout got older the more I could taste licorice... Its nice for complexity early on especially if your going to drink it fast... but if its going to sit a while, say 2+ months.. I'd either skip it or go really light.
Title: Re: Licorice sticks
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on October 13, 2011, 06:33:06 PM
I just HATE the stuff! (sorry, couldnt hold back)...

Use it to freshen up your breath. If you like that licorice taste in your beers, try a dab of fresh-ground anise seed.