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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 flavorings 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 liqueurs to express your own brewing creativity and make a beer that is uniquely yours. Liqueurs provide several advantages as a flavoring in beer. They provide a consistent, concentrated source of fruit flavor and aroma, they are antiseptic, and they can double as a priming agent because of their fermentable sugar content. Depending on the dosage, and the strength of the liqueur, the beer's alcoholic content will at most rise 1-2 percent.

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

What it is:

Liqueurs are strong, syrupy alcoholic beverages that combine a neutral distilled spirit with a fruit, spice, herb, or other flavoring. Common fruit liqueur flavors include cherry, blackberry, blueberry, orange, peach, raspberry, strawberry, orange, and black currant.


Use up to 3 cups of liqueur per 5 gallons. Add at bottling. Finding the right amount of liqueurs 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.


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