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Vanilla Rooibos in beer/braggot?

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Chevette Girl

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I'm not sure whether I should be blaming Love of Rose or Akueck for this thought, but has anyone tried using vanilla rooibos in beer? My bulk food store has a pretty decent loose vanilla rooibos tea, and yet another idea wants to go on my "To Brew" list...

I'm sure at the very least it would be a beautiful colour with amber malt or something...
 

loveofrose

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I've seen it used in pale ales and amber ales. Just throw in 1 oz per gallon at flameout and let it steep for 10 minutes or so. Apparently, it lends a nice earthy character. It can easily be overwhelmed by hop bitterness so go easy on the IBU.


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Chevette Girl

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Heh, you don't need to tell me to go easy on the IBU, I haven't yet boiled hops for any of the beers I've made, I found I got quite enough bitterness just from steeping them after flameout.

Thanks for confirming that it's not a completely whacko idea. I get enough of those that I can't always tell the difference!
 

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Once again I got caught out on "rooibos", and had to consult with Google. My only prior experience with this is from the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series which takes place in Botswana. The main character drinks copious quantities of "red bush" tea. Interesting to know that at least that part is not fiction. A very fun series to read by the way. Not too light, nor to heavy with a lot of common sense wisdom thrown in for good measure.
 

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Try using it in a stout or porter if you like dark beer. I have seen vanilla used in dark beers and when you think about it hops can have tea like flavors.
 
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