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molasses in homebrew?
« on: August 18, 2010, 06:57:44 PM »
Can anyone direct me how to use molasses for a robust porter recipe [5 gal mini-mash] I'm planning on brewing?

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Re: molasses in homebrew?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 07:05:12 PM »
I have used Grandma's Original Molasses, which is unsulfured.

Avoid blackstrap unless you want a really strong flavor, and avoid sulfured.

Add it the last 5 or 10 minutes of the boil.  Take your pot off of the heat so you do not scorch.  I have a false bottom and stir in as it is slowly poured, no problems.
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Re: molasses in homebrew?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 06:42:58 AM »
I have used 1/2lb in a few batches, and besides color, didn't get much from adding it.  It was very hard to find the molasses flavor.  That being said, they were in pretty 'robust' flavored brews. 

If you are really looking to get a strong molasses flavor, try using a bit more... maybe around a pound.  Experimentation...

I've used brer rabbit

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Re: molasses in homebrew?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2010, 08:34:12 AM »
Barbados molasses is what you want.  It's sweeter than Blackstrap.

IIRC, Barbados is similar to virgin olive oil in that it's the first pressing (or however they get molasses) and Blackstrap is a lower grade.

I believe the last time I used molasses was in an oatmeal stout.   I used the entire bottle and did not find it to be oppressive.  I don't know the size of the bottle off hand.
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Re: molasses in homebrew?
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2010, 10:14:16 AM »
Barbados molasses is what you want.  It's sweeter than Blackstrap.

IIRC, Barbados is similar to virgin olive oil in that it's the first pressing (or however they get molasses) and Blackstrap is a lower grade.

I believe the last time I used molasses was in an oatmeal stout.   I used the entire bottle and did not find it to be oppressive.  I don't know the size of the bottle off hand.

Grandma's original has more cane juice if you believe the website, and the Robust is the first molasses.  There is second molasses, and blackstrap is the third molasses.  Blackstrap has a higher concentration of minerals, and iron is one that we don't want in our beer.
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Re: molasses in homebrew?
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2010, 12:04:37 PM »
Here's what I used: http://www.alliedoldenglish.com/plantation.php?flavor=barbados

According to this: http://homecooking.about.com/od/specificfood/a/molassesvariety.htm  it is not really molasses as it comes from sorghum.  Who knew?  I assumed it was molasses...

This link is completely irrelevant to the question, but it's fascinating molasses history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster

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Re: molasses in homebrew?
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2010, 01:01:21 PM »
Seek out your local farmer's market... we have GREAT artisan molasses/honey vendors here.
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