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Coconut ideas
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:32:21 AM »
My wife has requested that I brew a beer with coconut, but she does not like browns or porters. She prefers blondes and wheat beers. Any ideas on how to use coconut and how much?

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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2014, 09:53:59 AM »
My wife has requested that I brew a beer with coconut, but she does not like browns or porters. She prefers blondes and wheat beers. Any ideas on how to use coconut and how much?

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I've got a cocpnut Porter on tap right now.  I'd go the chick beer wheat route with the beer.  Possibly, pair the coconut with modest amounts of a tropical hop for a tropical combo.
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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2014, 06:35:15 PM »
How much and what form of coconut do you use?

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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 10:51:47 AM »
I used the meat of the coconut, which I purchased in flake form and some sugar-preserved coconut meat.  I used about a pound (mostly flake) I think for 10-gallons.  The coconut is very noticeable but plays second fiddle to the dark malts.  It is better to buy the pure form if only because you have a better handle on how much coconut you are using.  I roasted the coconut first.  I added it to the fermenter without any boiling IIRC.
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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2014, 10:53:04 AM »
How much and what form of coconut do you use?

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having also just used flaked coconut - no sugar added that i roasted to golden brown - i will tell you a little goes a long long way. start with 2-3 ounces in the keg, or if bottling in the secondary. i left mine in the keg for 24 hours and it was too much IMO. my brew was a brown ale.
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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 01:07:59 PM »
IPA or pale ale (wheat would also work) base beer with a good hop burst combo with hops like amarillo and citra, i.e. pina colada

About 2-4 oz. per 5 gallon batch for no more than 3 days.

Dry "nut" in the keg so that you can taste the flavor profile as it develops.

Balancing coconut intensity in a light beer is a little tricky as some people are sensitive to it and others are not as I have found out.

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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 02:00:34 PM »
You can make a great coconut beer just using commercial coconut extract.  Just keep it less than you think you need.  I would add just 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you can barely detect it.  And perhaps 1/2 teaspoon is enough for 5 gallons -- I wouldn't doubt it.  A buddy of mine makes a coconut porter and he uses too much for my own tastes.  I would use very very little if I made a coconut beer.  But... whatever you prefer, I guess.
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Re: Coconut ideas
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014, 02:01:51 PM »
Thanks for the ideas

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