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Coriander

What it does :

Remember that, for many of the centuries people have been brewing beer, the exclusive use of hops to balance beer's malty base is relatively recent. Brewers have long added special flavorings like spices to make unique brews, and that tradition continues today. The craft brewing and homebrewing movements provide daily examples of this inventiveness. If you are reading this, you are likely looking to broaden your beer and brewing palate. You can make use of coriander to express your own brewing creativity and make a beer that is uniquely yours. Coriander is a key ingredient of classic Belgian Witbier, and is also used in the Gose wheat beer from the Leipzig area. Feel free to experiment with its use in other styles.

When designing a beer recipe that will include coriander you must carefully consider the malt, hops, and yeast base that will best complement this specialty ingredient. When brewing with spices, many brewers choose a strong malt base, with bittering hops only. By avoiding the addition of aroma hops, this allows the added spices to complement, and not conflict with the beer's other ingredients.

What it is:

Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant, and is round and beige in appearance. The seeds have a sweet, spicy flavor and a strong aroma.

Dosage:

Use up to 1 teaspoon of coriander per 5 gallons. Add 10 to 15 minutes from the end of the boil. Similar to hop additions, the length of boil will adjust the flavor versus aroma contribution of the spice. By boiling the spice longer, the aromatics are driven off, and the flavor contribution is enhanced. Finding the right amount of coriander to use will depend on your particular recipe and your vision for your beer. As always, keep good records of each beer that you make, be willing to experiment, and you will converge on the ingredient mix that yields the flavor and aroma result that you like best.

Drawbacks:

Use fresh coriander seed to ensure the best flavor and aroma impact on your beer. Just as cooking with fresh spices makes your culinary dishes taste superior, so will using the same quality of ingredients to your beer. So, for that extra impact on your finished brew, reach for fresh coriander. You should be able to obtain it in your local specialty grocery store or shop.

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