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Ingredients / Hop Oil
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:25:18 PM »
I want to extract the oil from hops and use the oil for some foods. I'm sure whatever method of extraction I find I'll have to experiment with it to get it just the way I want but I was looking for a place to start. The only methods I saw for extracting oils from flowers and vegetables was by soaking it in alcohol for a few days and filtering...etc. Are there any other methods? I was worried that soaking in alcohol might take away from the flavor and aroma. I know distillers use freeze distillation for their brewing. If I was to boil the hops and then follow the concepts of freeze distillation, would this work? Any help would be appreciated.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Chocolate Cherry Stout
« on: November 19, 2010, 02:43:24 PM »
I cannot seem to find a good recipe for Chocolate Cherry Stout. I want to use real chocolate and real cherries and the recipes I'm finding all use cherry extract. I would just wing it and start with a good stout but I'm not sure what a good balance of chocolate and cherries is.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / HGB Killer Pumpkin Imperial Ale
« on: November 18, 2010, 04:19:29 PM »
I bought an extract kit from I've never use Pumpkin in beer before and some of these instructions seem odd.

Place 2 gallons of cold water in brew pot, bring to 150F.
Remove from heat; add grain bag, let seep for 30 min.
Remove grain bag and discard
Add the DME and Willamette hop pellets and boil gently (150F) for 30 minutes
Then add pumpkin and all spices and continue to simmer for 25 min
The add Hallertau hop pellets and Irish Moss and simmer for 5 minutes
Remove from heat

This says to remove from heat and steep grains for 30 minutes. I've always kept it on the heat while steeping. Does it sound correct to remove it from heat?

Boil gently at 150F? Can it even boil at 150F? I never even see a gently boil until 190F.

All this "simmering" instead of boiling sounds odd but I've never used pumpkin before so I wondered if the instructions sounded right to anyone else.

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