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interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« on: September 28, 2016, 06:32:06 PM »
I brewed what is basically a strong Kolsch that has finished up at 7.4% abv. It seems to need some considerable aging and right now basically takes pretty close to a maibock. It tastes pretty boozy and seems to have a lot of fusels. I am hoping this ages out after 3 months in the bottle as this was brewed for the christmas season.

Anyone have any ideas of something I could add to make it a bit more interesting? I have thought about adding some oak chips, vanilla, or something unorthodox for a lighter colored beer.
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2016, 06:33:08 PM »
Are you looking for "holiday" flavors in this one?

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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2016, 06:36:36 PM »
Are you looking for "holiday" flavors in this one?

Not necessarily but am open to it. Normally I do something darker and spiced. I obviously wasn't going for a holiday type beer but am kind of wishing I would have settled on something different...
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2016, 06:37:39 PM »
fruit or no?

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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2016, 06:38:03 PM »
coriander?
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2016, 06:47:05 PM »
Kieth (majorvices) brews up a kolsch that he adds honeydew to. I think that sounds great.

What about coffee beans?  That is unique and interesting for a kolsch.

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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2016, 06:50:41 PM »
lavender?  Chamomile?

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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2016, 07:22:02 PM »
lavender?  Chamomile?

Chamomile would be great!
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2016, 07:22:16 PM »
Pork chops?
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2016, 07:24:34 PM »
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2016, 07:28:36 PM »
I like the chamomile or honeydew ideas. I use chamomile in the place of coriander in my witbier. It's nice. Though the pork chop idea is strong - maybe serve it with a shot of gravy.  :)
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2016, 07:51:49 PM »
Pork chops?
Roasted or smoked?

There is a beer made by a MI brewery that has some smoked Mangalista (SP) pig heads in the fermenter (I think they go in there).
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2016, 07:53:03 PM »
Kieth (majorvices) brews up a kolsch that he adds honeydew to. I think that sounds great.

What about coffee beans?  That is unique and interesting for a kolsch.

Inspired by Kieth, my current kolsch on tap has a cantaloupe added to it.
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2016, 07:54:49 PM »
Thanks all. Right now I am liking the idea of chamomile. I am going to be transferring this to secondary in the next few days so I will considering adding something then. This is going to be bottled and am in no rush to get it packaged.
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Re: interesting adjuncts for strong blonde ale
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2016, 08:56:44 PM »
kaffir lime leaves might be good, just a couple.
I'm always thinking what is around in season: cranberries or wild grapes could be good.
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