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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2013, 07:01:37 PM »
Have you had a juniper beer before? I tried one a friend made. Based on that example I would say the less you use the better. Zero would be optimum. But that's just me

Agreed.  I feel the same way about spruce.
Agreed on both counts.  Not a fan of either.
Yeah, to date the only batch I've ever made that i didn't want to drink was a "spruce" beer I made back in '92. In full disclosure the "spruce" was extract and I waaaayyyy overdid it.  Taste notes all included variations of the following without exception; evergreen, soil & compost.
Fortunately I had a gin loving buddy that took care of most of it and after about 6 months it mellowed but lesson learned. A little goes a long way.
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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2013, 07:38:31 PM »
Well in the end I think bierwillumpie was right.  I put the berries in at 60 minutes.  The result is that I cannot tell there is any Juniper in there.  It's a decent beer though.  A typical IPA.  Next time I'll add them at 10 minutes.
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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2013, 09:20:49 PM »
Do not brew with wormwood please, to dangerous believe me.

What do you base this admonishment on, 19th century absynthe hysteria?
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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2014, 10:32:00 PM »
I just brewed a white sage and juniper IPA. Mammoth Mountain Brewing makes a DIPA called 395. Mine is more sage forward and lighter body and color than theirs. I used .5 oz juniper and .5 oz white sage at 5 minutes.

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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2014, 07:46:07 AM »
I just brewed a white sage and juniper IPA. Mammoth Mountain Brewing makes a DIPA called 395. Mine is more sage forward and lighter body and color than theirs. I used .5 oz juniper and .5 oz white sage at 5 minutes.

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Do report back on your results please.  Also, what flavor does white sage impart?
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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2014, 09:46:38 PM »
I just brewed a white sage and juniper IPA. Mammoth Mountain Brewing makes a DIPA called 395. Mine is more sage forward and lighter body and color than theirs. I used .5 oz juniper and .5 oz white sage at 5 minutes.

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Do report back on your results please.  Also, what flavor does white sage impart?

I have yet to brew with it myself, but Stillwater's "Cellar Door" is a saison brewed with white sage, and they really hit the right balance IMO. It has an almost incense-like quality to it, without overdoing the herbal character.

If sage is overdone, it can get real savory, which just doesn't work for me. Might as well just use Summit hops while you're at it and keep it for marinating meat.
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Re: Juniper berries
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2014, 10:09:17 PM »
My recipe.

I'm pretty happy with the results. Very herbal and floral. Missing some of the Pine from the hops as the sage dominates, but I think the sage will fade.



Brewer: Charles Villafana
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.52 gal
Color: 6.1 SRM
Bitterness: 79.1 IBUs
Est OG: 1.062 (15.1° P)
Est FG: 1.010 SG (2.6° P)
ABV: 6.8%

10 lbs   Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)
1 lbs   Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
8.0 oz   Honey Malt (25.0 SRM)


1.0 oz   Caliente [17.8%] - First Wort
0.23 tsp   Irish Moss (Boil 15 min)
0.50 oz   White Sage (Boil 0 min)
0.50 oz   Juniper Berries (Boil 0 min)
0.5 oz Each: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade - (Boil 0 min)
0.5 oz Each: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade - (After 30 min Hopstand)
0.5 oz Each: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade - (Dry Hop for 4 days, 3 days into primary)
0.5 oz Each: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade - (Dry Hop for 7 days, after 7 days in primary)
1 pkgs   California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) 1L Starter

- Charles