Microdosing with flavor extracts

Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by Starter Hops, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. Starter Hops

    Starter Hops Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2016
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Schaghticoke NY
    Yesterday morning I racked my IPA to secondary for dryhopping. Having used old hops in the boil and whirlpool, I was left with the seminal garlic/onion tones that made this brew taste flawed. I threw the rest of the bag out.

    Along with the dryhop charge, I then added 10 drops each of blueberry, blackberry, and vanilla extracts. 10 drops equates to around 0.5 mL, so here we're talking 1.5 mL total with all 3 flavors in a 5-gal batch. Along with the dryhops, 24 hours later, my sample tasted corrected and more juicy.

    I think these extract additions are below the sensory threshold of pinpointing artificial flavor contributions (like that awful, synthetic tasting Blueberry Wheat I made last year..). And, the three blended together doesn't make 1 stand out from the others.

    Another tool in the toolbelt: flavor extract micro-dosing during dryhop.
     
    J A likes this.
  2. J A

    J A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    3,476
    Likes Received:
    2,692
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Good to know. I just picked up a lot of older hops cheap from Yakima Valley's blowout sale. I tend to stay away from hops that have any tendencies toward garlic (Summit is a know offender), but the addition of some fresh flavors to combat it if it comes through is a good idea.
     
  3. Starter Hops

    Starter Hops Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2016
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Schaghticoke NY
    There's still a garlic note in the background, which I hope will fade a bit more as the dryhop progresses. Its no longer offensive but rather complimentary if it remains through to the end.

    My dryhop was 3oz nugget, 1 oz mosaic, and .5oz crystal. Now, the whole addition with the flavors is closer to a Mosaic single hop profile and I could probably cheat and tell others that's what it is. lol
     
  4. J A

    J A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    3,476
    Likes Received:
    2,692
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    I got some 2015 Nugget and 2014 Crystal and 2013 Chinook. I'll just have to hope they don't give off too much garlic. Most of those I won't use a lot in dry-hop anyway, but I won't want that flavor. :eek:
     
  5. Ozarks Mountain Brew

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Messages:
    7,767
    Likes Received:
    3,976
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    IT Managment
    Location:
    The Ozark Mountains of Missouri
    I hate to say it but your crystal will be drowned out by the other 2, I would add more or not use it
     
  6. Starter Hops

    Starter Hops Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2016
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Schaghticoke NY
    The crystal hops were not part of the original plan I'm sorry to say. I needed the other half ounce for a different brew, this was cleanup.
     
  7. Ozarks Mountain Brew

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Messages:
    7,767
    Likes Received:
    3,976
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    IT Managment
    Location:
    The Ozark Mountains of Missouri
    might as well use it before you loose it lol, I love crystal hops, its my go to for a Mittelfruh replacement
     
  8. Starter Hops

    Starter Hops Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2016
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Schaghticoke NY
    Bingo! The other half is flavor for the Vienna I'm brewing right now. Damn it's cold out I've got my snowmobile suit on.
     
  9. Starter Hops

    Starter Hops Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2016
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Schaghticoke NY

Share This Page

arrow_white