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Elderflowers

Unread postby Gr3g0riaN » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:33 pm

Is there any that had brewed any beer with good results with elderflower that could share recepie?
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Re: Elderflowers

Unread postby niels » Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:46 am

I didn't try a beer with elderflower yet, but I would take a witbier as a base and add the elderflower to the end of the boil (aroma addition). It seems that washing the flowers is a no-no and you need to only add the flowers without any stems.

I read somewhere to add about 30gr of fresh flowers per 10 liters, but you'll have to found out for yourself. Another source claims to use 7~10gr of dried flowers in a 30 liters batch.

Another way of adding the elderflower aroma could be by making a elderflower syrup and add this either to the end of the boil or even during fermentation. While typing this I got the idea of trying this with a saison.

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Re: Elderflowers

Unread postby dinnerstick » Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:15 am

i keep meaning to do this but every year the fermenters are full and the beers-to-do list is huge around may when the flowers are out. but yeah, witbier with the flowers added just at flameout is what i will/might do. i sometimes make elderflower "wine", which is always popular, and my ladyfriend makes cordial (elderflower, lemon peel, lemon syrup) every year and it's surprisingly nice with tonic.
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Re: Elderflowers

Unread postby Gr3g0riaN » Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:42 am

Found a recepie in a book a bought.
Og: 1045
Fg: 1011
23 L
Abv: 4,5%
Ibu: 36.6
Ebc:13.5

Pale ale: 4,3 kg
caramel malt: 100 g
Chocolate malt: 16 g

Mashing: 65 degrees 60min

Hops:
Challenger: 56g Start of boil
Elderflowers: 15g 15 min
Protafloc/irishmoss: 15 min
Fuggle: 28g 10 min
Challenger: 17g 0 min

Yeast: Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley Ale
Fermentation: 20 degrees
Second: Four weeks at 12 degrees
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Re: Elderflowers

Unread postby NewEnglandBrewer » Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:45 pm

I was recently in St Johnsbury Vermont USA (in northern NewEngland) for a seminar. While there, I visited “Dunc's Mill Still”, and sampled the most delicious rum I ever tasted. It was flavored with elderflower. Alas, home distillation is not legal in the United States (and I do not want my home to be swat teamed by enforcers of the police state currently forming in these united states), so I will refrain from building a still. However, I am also intrigued with the idea of elderflower flavoring in my beer. I appreciate what I've read so far in this thread. I will continue to lurk while reading, anticipating future posts. Thank You, and Cheers!
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Re: Elderflowers

Unread postby niels » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:35 am

Did you get some info about how the guy running the still adds the flavour to his rum?

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Re: Elderflowers

Unread postby NewEnglandBrewer » Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:34 pm

niels wrote:Did you get some info about how the guy running the still adds the flavour to his rum?

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He used method similar to that for dry hopping beer.
I've looked and found I can order elderflower on line.

I am going to order some elderflower and dry hop one of my beers with it. I have no idea how much to use. So, I'll experiment with one ounce, and taste it.
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