Herbs & Spices
Herbs & Spices for beer brewing. Before hops were used in brewing, brewers used a vast array of local herbs and spices to flavor their beer and balance the malt sweetness. Brew a classic herb beer like Gruit, spice up a holiday brew, or just go wild and create your own flavors with this selection of herbs and spices.
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Blue Juniper Berries R..
Blue Juniper Berries R..$2.19 – $17.99
Common juniper is a small evergreen tree that is related to cedar, cypress and other conifers. The mature, dark-colored cones, or berries, are used to lend a slightly citrus and pine-like flavor to foods and beverages. In Northern Europe, juniper berries are used as a spice to season game meats and sauerkraut, as well as beer. The berries are also the key flavoring agent in gin.
Coriander Seed Powder
Coriander Seed Powder$1.49 – $7.49
Coriander is the seed of the herb cilantro. In sharp contrast to the leaf of the latter, coriander seed lends a warm and slightly citrus-like flavor to foods. Use powdered coriander seed in curries, chili, puddings and custards, sauces and baked goods. 1 oz bag.
Gesho Kitel – Ethio..
Gesho Kitel – Ethio..$9.99 – $28.99
This aroma hop powder comes from a blend of sundried hop leaves that were gathered in the highlands of Ethiopia. There it is used in the production of Tej, a honey wine; and Tella, a beer they make using locally available ingredients.
This has been used by Dogish Head Brewing Company in their Bitches Brew! We have also just started a couple batches here, and although they’re only halfway fermented, it’s tasting fantastic! The Tej has an almost tealike astringency to the taste; and although ours is still excessively sweet, the aroma has an amazing spice character to it. We’ll be posting a recipe online as soon as we can determine which of these batches is the winner!
Lemon Peel$1.59 – $20.99
Lemon peel is the outer skin of the citrus fruit of the same name, which is technically referred to as the exocarp. The peel actually consists of two components, the flavedo and the outer white pith of the rind. Because the peel is where the essential oils of the fruit reside, it retains robust flavor, even when dried. 1 oz bag.
Licorice Root$2.50 – $21.89
Traditionally used in dark beers such as Porters and Stouts, this root imparts a very distinct licorice flavor and is surprisingly sweet. It contains Glycyrrhizin, a substance 50 times sweeter than sugar! Use about 1/2 – 1 ounce per 5 gallons and add for the last few minutes of the boil.
Paradise Seed$4.50 – $43.50
This spice has a peppery zing to it, but also brings a balance of citrus notes and an earthy pine aroma. Typically used in Belgian-Style specialty and holiday beers. Crush lightly before using and add to the boil. Combine with Licorice Root and Sweet Orange Peel for a great Belgian Holiday beer.
Star Anise – Whole
Star Anise – Whole$2.50 – $17.99
Star Anise, also called Chinese Star Anise and Star Aniseed, is a spice obtained from the fruits of an Asian shrub. It is so-named because the seed pods are star-shaped and contain a highly aromatic compound called anethole, which is responsible for the anise-like flavor of the spice.
Sweet Orange Peel
Sweet Orange Peel$2.89 – $17.89
Traditionally used in Belgian beers, these Sweet Orange Peels will not give you a metallic taste like some other kinds of Oranges tend to do. If you are familiar with the taste of Grand Marnier, this is the sort of flavor you will find in these peels. Great for that added depth in your holiday beer, strong ales, and Belgians. Add about 1/2 ounce per 5 gallons for the last 15 minutes of the boil. Can be combined with Paradise seed and Honey for added depth.
Vanilla Bean – Whol..
Vanilla Bean – Whol..$149.00
The flavoring agent we know as vanilla comes from the dried fruit of a Mexican species of vanilla orchid. Also known as Flat-Leaved Vanilla and West Indian Vanilla, this climbing, vine-like plant naturally occurs in Central America and is commercially cultivated in Madagascar. 1/4 lb bag.
Vanilla Bean – Whol..
Vanilla Bean – Whol..$20.00
The flavoring agent we know as vanilla comes from the dried fruit of a Mexican species of vanilla orchid. Also known as Flat-Leaved Vanilla and West Indian Vanilla, this climbing, vine-like plant naturally occurs in Central America and is commercially cultivated in Madagascar. Pack of 3.