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Ingredients not normally found in beer
« on: April 25, 2021, 07:49:06 am »
When I read in fredthecat's post about unusual British ales that the recipe for Devon White Ale included eggs, it got me curious about other  common food ingredients I've never heard about in beer. 

What about milk, cheese, fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut, mustard, and catsup?  Also, others you might think of.

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 07:58:13 am »
I’m pretty benign when it comes to beer. I stick to juices (lemon, orange) and chocolate, hazelnuts, ginger, cinnamon, molasses, etc. 

I want to try tangerine, orange-mango, orange-pineapple juices.  A real risk taker here.



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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2021, 08:06:49 am »
I’m pretty benign when it comes to beer. I stick to juices (lemon, orange) and chocolate, hazelnuts, ginger, cinnamon, molasses, etc. 

I want to try tangerine, orange-mango, orange-pineapple juices.  A real risk taker here.



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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2021, 08:37:07 am »
When I read in fredthecat's post about unusual British ales that the recipe for Devon White Ale included eggs, it got me curious about other  common food ingredients I've never heard about in beer. 

What about milk, cheese, fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut, mustard, and catsup?  Also, others you might think of.

I was jarring up some sauerkraut this morning and thinking about using some in a beer!! Either as a flavor contribution or to lower pH. I laughed at that notion and dismissed the thought until I seen your post. Hmmmm? My gut tells me no but one will never know without trying!

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2021, 08:42:25 am »
When I read in fredthecat's post about unusual British ales that the recipe for Devon White Ale included eggs, it got me curious about other  common food ingredients I've never heard about in beer. 

What about milk, cheese, fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut, mustard, and catsup?  Also, others you might think of.

Dairy fat in beer will go rancid.  How about mushrooms?
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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2021, 09:12:02 am »
Denny, thanks for the tip about dairy fat.  I knew there must be some reason it wasn't used, but I didn't know why.
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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2021, 12:13:28 pm »
When I read in fredthecat's post about unusual British ales that the recipe for Devon White Ale included eggs, it got me curious about other  common food ingredients I've never heard about in beer. 

What about milk, cheese, fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut, mustard, and catsup?  Also, others you might think of.

Dairy fat in beer will go rancid. 
Non dairy creamer?
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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2021, 09:00:16 am »
I use the same lactobacillus plantarum for quick sours as for sauerkraut.  Fresh sauerkraut could certainly work for gose.

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2021, 10:07:50 am »
Cured Lemons ... it's something I have played with before. Kind of like Gose. Problem is I don't like Gose (much) lol

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2021, 10:51:21 am »
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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2021, 10:20:42 am »
What about milk, cheese, fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut, mustard, and catsup?  Also, others you might think of.

I would think vinegar would have a negative effect on yeast as it is used as a preservative. I have however wondered about tomatoes???
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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2021, 09:57:23 am »
just my opinion, but ingredients that arent commonly found in beer, usually arent common because they dont taste very good in beer.

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2021, 10:04:16 am »
just my opinion, but ingredients that arent commonly found in beer, usually arent common because they dont taste very good in beer.

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2021, 10:39:05 am »
just my opinion, but ingredients that arent commonly found in beer, usually arent common because they dont taste very good in beer.

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Re: Ingredients not normally found in beer
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2021, 12:16:44 pm »
just my opinion, but ingredients that arent commonly found in beer, usually arent common because they dont taste very good in beer.

I SO agree with you


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Agreed, but there are those rare exceptions, sometimes because they were scarce to obtain for so long or had a demand for other uses that were prioritized (thinking wheat, for example)...and now can be readily located and cheaply substituted.
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