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Offline rjharper

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Adding essential oils
« on: August 15, 2015, 08:25:29 PM »
So SWMBO is into aromatherapy and essential oils, and her latest addition to her collection is pure pine needle oil extract (link below).  Understanding that oil impacts head retention, would adding a few drops to an IPA in late primary add that pine hit (love my piney IPAs), and I can siphon out from under any oil sheen? It smells phenomenal, and I'm pretty sure it's food grade.

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/essential-oils/pure-therapeutic-grade/pine-needle-essential-oil/

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Re: Adding essential oils
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2015, 08:56:36 PM »
I can't see it being a good flavor, but that's up to you.  Try it in a glass first.
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Re: Adding essential oils
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2015, 02:00:20 AM »
I'd be more inclined to try citrus oil than pine oil for this type of application. Sure, a lot of the pine aroma compounds are similar to what are found in hops. What I'd be worried about are some of the other tar/pitch type compounds.

I like your idea of adding it to late primary. This gives the yeast a chance to potentially metabolize some of the compounds to add some complexity.

Let us know how it turns out if you try it. I have some pure compounds that I've been meaning to try this with myself (linalool, geraniol, alpha- and beta-pinene, citronellol, etc).
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Re: Adding essential oils
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2015, 08:02:20 PM »
I would consider a drop or two in a one gallon experiment first. Though I may try the citrus oil idea myself

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Re: Adding essential oils
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2015, 09:43:16 PM »
I would think of them in the same way as dry hopping, in which you are also adding the essential oils from the hops to the beer.
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Re: Adding essential oils
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2015, 09:48:12 PM »
I can't see it being a good flavor, but that's up to you.  Try it in a glass first.

I'm with you, once again.  No spruce beer for me, please.

Also, if you use the "essence of" stuff be aware that a little goes a loooong way. 
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