Alcohol infucion and experimental homebrewing

Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by underdogs, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. underdogsbrewery

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2016
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Roma
    #1 underdogsbrewery, Feb 24, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017
    Hello folk
    Did you read the book 'experimental homebrewing'
    I have found it really interesting to start new way to brew
    Anyway I tried to let cocoa beans with alcohol a couple of months, filtering and add in the bottle before bottling..
    Results zero foam and I mean never , neither shaking instead the bottles without the infuse were ok
    Look like as the alcohol killed the foam.
    I thought also "maybe cocoa beans contains oily enemy of the foam" but really don't know
    Because I'd like to try with hops in the same way I want to know your experience.. thank you
     
  2. J A

    J A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    3,474
    Likes Received:
    2,689
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Oil.
    Alcohol can't kill head...even very high ABV beers have plenty of head (foam).
    Hop infusion can be an interesting technique, but many compounds that contain the flavor and aroma and bitterness in hops need to be in the presence of the hot or boiling wort to get utilized.
     
  3. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,428
    Likes Received:
    9,484
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    I've added pellets of nelson sauvin to bottles at bottling time and some without but be careful some were overpowering. Probably not a good ideao_O
     
  4. ACBEV

    ACBEV Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2016
    Messages:
    217
    Likes Received:
    100
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Berkshire - UK
    If I were to add cocoa to a brew, it would be at end of boil in powder form, or at least ground. But cocoa powder is readily available.

    Maybe I'm missing the point!
     
  5. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,428
    Likes Received:
    9,484
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    The missus has cacao nibs here at home I recon if I was going to brew a brown ale I'd definitely have a crack at throwing some of these toward the end of the boil for flavour.
     
  6. jmcnamara

    jmcnamara Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,457
    Likes Received:
    1,947
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Rosedale, MD
    And now for something completely different.

    There's a joke in there somewhere Trialben
     
  7. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,428
    Likes Received:
    9,484
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    Mmm don't your missus nibbley bits in ya brew :eek:
     
  8. Nosybear

    Nosybear Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    9,381
    Likes Received:
    6,612
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Aurora, CO, USA
    Someone already mentioned at least one potential cause, oil. Others: Soap or lack of protein in your beer. It's protein that holds the bubbles together but the way you describe the problem something got oil in your beer. The cocoa beans are a likely candidate, the beans contain cocoa butter, the nibs do not. Alcohol is not a candidate: All beers contain alcohol and at least some of them have a head.... ;-)
     

Share This Page

arrow_white