Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weird beer

Our friends Angie and Steve keep asking for these off the wall beers, and I've been trying to accommodate...

Fennel saison -- really good. Added about 2 cups of vodka that had fennel soaking in it for 2 weeks to 2.5 gallons of saison. Angie picked the fennel from her garden.

Vanilla saison -- a little strong on the vanilla flavor for my taste, but Steve and Angie loved it. It was 5 vanilla beans soaked in 2 cups of vodka for 2 weeks, plus another 1/4 cup of Costco vanilla extract. Same saison as above.

Cucumber pilsner -- chopped 5 english cucumbers (also from Angie's garden) into 1 inch pieces, soaked in about 3 cups of vodka for a week, until the cucumbers lost all their color and were white. About 5 cc in 22 oz pilsner gives a noticeable cucumber flavor that I don't care for, but again, Steve and Angie loved it.

Cucumber pale ale -- same as above, but added to a pale ale.

Fortunately, it's easy to just add these extracts to a glass of beer. I feel that I wasted the saison with the vanilla since I think this batch is too strong, but the one I made last year for Libby's wedding (Steve and Angie's daughter) was to die for.

I have a book titled "Homebrewers Garden" that is about 20 years old now, and looking through that, I'm really tempted to try some more off the wall creations.

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