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Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« on: June 24, 2012, 08:14:45 AM »

Peppery Flavored Flowers in a Saison ?

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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 09:34:16 AM »
have not tried. would like to taste it though. I love nasturtiums in salad. I wonder what cooking would do to the flavour? maybe dry flowered?
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 11:46:32 AM »
have not tried. would like to taste it though. I love nasturtiums in salad. I wonder what cooking would do to the flavour? maybe dry flowered?
Dry in secondary may be the way to go.  I am gonna have a plenty of them and so will try a little
boil of them in water to see what derives from that. What got me thinking about these was the flavor
and the lack of oils. An interesting spice addition for sure.  And coming into the hot
months of ambient for saison fermentation this will be a game on thing.
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 12:10:35 AM »
Last year, I had Kim Wood's Duckalicious Saison. It was awesome. Nice and peppery. Here was the recipe from the article:

For 5.0 gallons at 1.062, 4.8 SRM, 6.6%ABV, 26 IBUs, 90 minutes boil
Malt / Grain / Sugar
8.75 lbs   Pilsner Malt
0.62 lbs   Munich Malt
0.37 lbs Wheat Malt
0.25 lbs Rye Malt
0.83 lbs Sugar
Mash
Single infusion – 147F for 90 minutes
Hops
0.83 oz   Williamette   Pellets   60 minutes
0.83 oz   Styrian Goldings Pellets   60 minutes
0.42 oz   Hallertau Pellets 0 minutes
0.25 oz   Styrian Goldings 0 minutes
Yeast
WLP565 Saison I and Wyeast 3724 Belgian Saison
Extras
1 small Kim Wood sized handfuls of Nasturtiums added with the knock out hops
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2012, 07:08:16 AM »
Thanks Drew that just adds to the conviction that I should do this..... ;D
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 08:26:31 AM »
Bump:
But Drew do you know if they were fresh or dried?
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 08:44:44 AM »
Fresh - Kim told me that she'd picked them straight from the garden.
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 07:38:01 AM »
Here goes nuthin.  3711 is on the stirplate. Nasturtiums are a bloomin. Summer Saison brew day is on the NEAR horizon.
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012, 09:29:54 AM »
have not tried. would like to taste it though. I love nasturtiums in salad. I wonder what cooking would do to the flavour? maybe dry flowered?

+1  I Imagine the flavor would be subdued unless you put a crapload in.
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2012, 12:47:15 PM »

in da fermenter
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2012, 07:22:49 AM »

Peppery Flavored Flowers in a Saison ?

Well?

I used nasturtium flowers in a Saison just a week ago.  I used about 50 flowers in the boil at about 3 minutes.  By weight, it was slightly more than an ounce.  "The Homebrewer's Garden" recommends 5 to 10 cups of flowers late in the boil, and I'm sure I was at the low end of that scale.  My Saison is a small beer, less than 1.040, and I didn't want the spicy vegetal flavor of the flowers to dominate, in case my final gravity is low (my first saison, which I'm drinking right now--not now, as in 7:00 am, you understand--ended up at 1.003).  For the same reason, I kept the IBUs low, ~20.  I did add .75 oz of Willamette while chilling.

Before attempting this brew, I read about using nasturtiums here:

http://s222793857.onlinehome.us/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=14646&sid=fd695b3829bd55235884bc4d861c0017#_thread

The gentleman posting there recommended as much as four ounces of flowers, if you want the flavor to be noticeable.

My Saison has weeks to go (I'm fermenting low and slow), but I'll post back with results.
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2012, 08:18:48 AM »
Still in rotation line up secondary waiting for a spot in the fridge...no taste notes yet.
I put in all the flowers that were blooming that morning. I had no more. Also in the beer
went some red cedar berries  I kinda doubt if much of the flower contribution shines thru...
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Re: Anyone ever try Nasturtium
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2012, 10:47:12 AM »
Notes,
Very (opaque) cloudy ocher color, still yeast not settled out. Tastes like 3711 and the red cedar
berries are more than the nasturtium. There was a slight pepper note but not well
pronounced.  This beer is a good balance of malt to hop. Leans more to the bitter end
of the spectrum. Dry and fermented complete. Full mouthfeel. I polluted my palate just
prior to this taste so if I get more impressions I will put em up for y'all. Its a Saison in
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