Additives and Flavors

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My favourite way to personalise my home-brew is using additives and flavour. I will usually make a batch of home-brew using a standard or basic kit, then add flavours to give it character.

I enjoy making seasonal home-brews. For instance, when I brew a beer for the summertime, I like it to be lighter in colour and flavour with a hint of fruit flavour. I am mostly partial to blueberry or lemon. These flavours added to a light coloured, sweeter beer make for a refreshing beverage on a hot summer day. Other fruit flavours can be used depending on your preference. The flavouring should be added just before bottling. You will usually use about 2 to 4 ounces for 5 gallons of beer.

In the winter time I like to brew stronger, thicker home-brews with typical wintertime flavours such as cinnamon. Something about dark beer and cinnamon flavour just goes with a cold crisp day – it’s even better when there is a nice blanket of snow on the ground. Experiment with other herbs and spices to see what you like.

Another favourite flavouring of mine is honey. A good honey home-brew is fit for any occasion and any season. These brews are a good break away from other styles of beer.

Additives and Flavors

Other additives can be used to create different flavours, styles, or more closely mimic commercial brews. If you want to mimic the famous Burton-on-Trent brewing water, you can add Burton Water Salts to increase your water hardness. Other additives such as citric acid can help to decrease the pH in your wine. Oak chips are another common additive for wines. They will give your wine that aged in an oak barrel flavour without actually aging it in an oak wine barrel.

A popular additive used in beer making is Irish Moss. This does not really do anything to the flavour of the beer. It is used to help clear proteins in the beer worst. Look at some recipes or experiment with other additives to see what you come up with.

When using some additives it is advisable to use a test kit to ensure proper amounts are used.