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Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« on: April 19, 2015, 10:45:28 PM »
I am interested in brewing something with Grand Marnier as an ingredient, probably soaked in oak cubes or toasted oak chips.  Only recipe I've found online is a DIPA that seems rather simple, and I am skeptical of the recipe, not sure how hops would hold up with a 90-day secondary; see https://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/grand-marnier-ba-dipa
Does anyone have any advice on what other styles would work?  I saw a Grand Marnier Imperial Stout from a brewery in England, and have also wondered whether either an Old Ale or Barleywine would work since there is extended aging required.  GM has a lot of residual sugars, so I figure extended aging might allow those to ferment out, but then again would the high abv of the booze kill off the yeast?  I've also pondered brewing a Citra IPA and adding GM soaked oak chips to the secondary. 
Suggestions anyone?
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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 10:54:57 PM »
How about a Wheat Wine?  It's the first thing that popped in my head.
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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 11:25:15 AM »
I don't much care for the look of that DIPA recipe. it might be fine but I would skip the amber LME and double the DME then add some color with specialty steeping grains. keep the sugar though.

the 90 day secondary ageing on oak seems exteme but as long as you wait to dry hop till after it might be fine.

I think the stout, barley wine, or wheat wine is a better way to go. the alcohol in the grand marnier won't hurt the yeast because it'll be maybe a cup in 5 gallons. it won't increase the ABV significantly. I would soak some oak chips in the GM and age to taste.
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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2015, 02:47:36 PM »
It doesn't say how to apply the GM. I certainly wouldn't boil or ferment with it as it would drive off the delicate volatiles in the liqueur.

Add at racking time IMO.

And I don't care for that recipe either. Looks like a terrible beer actually. But then again I'm not a fan of brewing huge beers like that; seems like most homebrewers go through a phase where they brew ridiculously strong beers- just because they can... ;)

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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2015, 06:12:31 PM »
How about saison aged on grand marnier soaked oak? Or witbier, maybe without the oak.
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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2015, 06:14:06 PM »
How about saison aged on grand marnier soaked oak? Or witbier, maybe without the oak.

Best ideas yet IMO.
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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2015, 07:57:17 PM »
I'm thinking of aging my next English Barleywine with calvados soaked oak.
I know a lot of people like it but I think GM tastes like orange flavored gasoline. I think Pavan is a much nicer orange liquor. 
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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2015, 01:11:12 AM »
I think a grand cru would be nice, it might support the alcohol and sweetness a bit better than a wit.

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Re: Ideas for brewing with Grand Marnier
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2015, 01:39:44 PM »
A buddy of mine at our LHBS brewed a sweet stout with GM soaked oak cubes and added the liquor as well back to the keg at packaging.  It was pretty good and reminiscent of orange chocolate candy.  Just an idea.