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hschofi

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Christmas Beer
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:11:04 AM »
Thinkin bout a Christmas Beer made with candy canes! Anyone else gone there before? what was the outcome?

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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 10:28:16 AM »
Before you make a peppermint beer, try drinking a beer after you brush your teeth.  Then tell me if it's a good idea!  ;)
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 10:35:19 AM »
but i brush my teeth with beer 8)
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2013, 10:41:51 AM »
Before you make a peppermint beer, try drinking a beer after you brush your teeth.  Then tell me if it's a good idea!  ;)

While I too have no interest in mint beer, it's actually some of the other additives in toothpaste aside from the mint that lead to the nastiness when you drink certain beverages after brushing your teeth. That's why Mojitos aren't gross, but toothpaste plus citrus juice is vile.

A better idea would be to swirl a candy cane in a base beer similar to the one you are considering for your Xmas brew. I still don't hold high hopes for the combo, but that will paint a more accurate picture.
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2013, 10:45:03 AM »
Thats a very good idea! I'm going to try it now!................................... Hmmm interesting, spearmint seams like an ok match, but has to be very subtle.. Peppermint and nasty! Maybe if I do a choc stout and add mint?

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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2013, 10:46:51 AM »
Before you make a peppermint beer, try drinking a beer after you brush your teeth.  Then tell me if it's a good idea!  ;)

While I too have no interest in mint beer, it's actually some of the other additives in toothpaste aside from the mint that lead to the nastiness when you drink certain beverages after brushing your teeth. That's why Mojitos aren't gross, but toothpaste plus citrus juice is vile.

A better idea would be to swirl a candy cane in a base beer similar to the one you are considering for your Xmas brew. I still don't hold high hopes for the combo, but that will paint a more accurate picture.

Great idea, Im going to try it with a few different styles over the next few months and see what I find..

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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2013, 10:50:26 AM »
I wouldn't brew with it, but gotta say, I tried the Stone Imperial Chocolate Mint Stout and it wasn't horrible.  The mint was pretty well in the background.  Any more mint than that would be a really bad idea IMO.
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2013, 11:08:45 AM »
I wouldn't brew with it, but gotta say, I tried the Stone Imperial Chocolate Mint Stout and it wasn't horrible.  The mint was pretty well in the background.  Any more mint than that would be a really bad idea IMO.

Im gonna have to go pick that up if I can find it.. I have 2 great Beer Stores that carry hundreds of specialty and Craft Brews and  Tap house that has over 100 beers on tap.. So someone is bound to have it..


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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2013, 11:09:06 AM »
Some flavors are not for beer IMO. Such as oysters or foie gras. I fear mint may be in the top twenty

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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2013, 11:12:17 AM »
I totally agree.  If it weren't a Stone beer, I wouldn't have even tried it.
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2013, 02:26:14 PM »
I think mint goes much better in mead than in a beer.
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2013, 03:35:21 PM »
I have used mint in a beer with interesting results. Once a year I do an asian inspired blonde ale with flaked rice, ginger, mint, and green tea. I don't use enough mint to where it is very noticeable. It probably doesn't sound great to most but it is a decent beer. There is a lot going on in the flavor and I need to reduce the ginger a bit.

Sorry I know this is off the topic of xmas and candy canes...

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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2013, 01:26:58 PM »
I did a mint stout and have had a few other mint beers from other homebrewers. All of them have been porters or stouts. I think a subtle mint flavor can go well in a chocolaty stout. Especially around the Christmas season. I used spearmint leaves for my beer. And know of another brewer that used a mint extract that went well, and resulted in a stronger mint flavor.

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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2013, 02:26:29 PM »
Doesn't Perle hops have a mint like flavor/aroma? I think I remember reading that somewhere. If that's true, it might be a good hop for a Christmas stout...
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Re: Christmas Beer
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 02:39:42 PM »
Some flavors are not for beer IMO. Such as oysters or foie gras. I fear mint may be in the top twenty

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I agree.
Then again,  I don't think spices of any type belong in a real Christmas beer (unless it winds up as part of a grog type of drink).  Maybe I'm just a stubborn traditionalist.   8)

Of course, an easy way to test the idea out would be to smash up some mint leaves with  mortar&pestle and stir it into your strong beer of choice.

But I think Denny's toothpaste analogy is pretty much spot-on.
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