1/24/2016 – Hi there.Curious to know...when using the black licorice stick, at what point to I place it in the pot? At the beginning when I'm steeping the malts?...or at the latter portion of the brewing when I'm adding the hops?Love your site...hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks!Brewer's Licorice goes into the boil. It's not critical how long it boils. 15 minutes or so is fine.
8/20/2015 – One of my favorite beers ever was Custom Brewcrafter's Black Jack Licorice Stout. It had a very present black licorice aroma and taste, but was very balanced with the roasted malts. Sadly, they have discontinued it, but I'm looking to remake it.My wife for my birthday bought me a milk stout kit, and two of the pictured licorice sticks. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. Yes, absolutely.2. I would simply add more. Boil time doesn't really play into it. For mild licorice flavor, use 1/2 stick per 5 gallons. For definate licorice flavor use a whole stick in 5 gallons. For overwhelming licorice flavor...well, you get the idea.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
5/12/2009 – How many minutes should I boil the licorice stick for? Can I throw it in the hop bag with the hops or should I let it float free and try to keep it from ending up in the primary? I'm trying to make a clone of The Abyss (last time I had licorice root, not stick). Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would throw it in with about 30 minutes left in the boil. Use perhaps 1/2 stick. Just let it float, it will dissolve pretty quickly.
4/29/2008 – I would like to make a blueberry beer for this summer and was thinking I would use to West Coast Blonde kit to do so. Do you recommend any other kit to use? I have been researching the best way to make a blueberry beer and have come across a couple different variations as to when to add the blueberries during the process. Do you have any . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, our West Coast Blonde Kit would be an excellent base for a fruit beer. If you like wheat beers, our Wizard's Wheat is also a nice choice.As far as fruit flavors, there are really two options for making a fruit beer: artificial flavorings and natural fruit. Using artificial flavorings is actually a pretty good way to go. They are . . .
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
12/10/2007 – Looking to try my hand at a chocolate stout. Would the licorice stick be a wise choice?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's easy to over-do a beer. I would stick with the chocolate first and try that. If you think it needs licorice, THEN try it. Use no more than 1/2 stick at first.
3/12/2007 – About to brew the scuttlebutt porter,with changes.1)I plan on adding 2 cups of brown sugar to the boil.At what point during the boil & is the c&h pure cane brown ok? 2)I want to add a pot of brewed coffee. Add it prior to pitching the yeast in primary? 3)Shooting for a coffee/mocha type porter so I was thinkin 2-4 tbs of the dry hersheys . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Any time during the boil is fine for adding brown sugar. Yes, C&H will work.2) Correct. DON'T add it to the boil. Cool it off to room temperature also.3) Correct. Make sure it has no oils or fats added.4) Yes, I think licorice would be too much with the above additions. Personal choice, of course. I have made licorice porters too . . .
12/12/2006 – I have already purchased the licorice stick, it will be used in homemade root beer(real root not extract). I plan on small batchs, 2 gallons at a time. I want a hint of licorice, what will a quarter stick do for 2 gallons?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's pretty strong. Try taking a small nibble. I would start with perphaps 1/8 of a stick...just as a guess.
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
6/22/2006 – Should the licorice stick be added to the boil, or to the secondary fermentor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Licorice sticks should be added to the boil.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
1/4/2005 – I am making a fruit pale ale. I have 2 questions. I am wondering what to add to my wort? Should it be real fruit, extract, puree, or anything else I have neglected. Also I have read in "The Joy of Homebrewing" that the Krausen, if not removed, from the primary fermenter can create a bitter taste. Is it worth exposing my beer to the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Fruit should not be boiled, but puree or raw fruit can be added to the primary fermenter. Alternatively, you can add extract flavoring after all fermentation is complete. This allows you to "add to taste" just prior to bottling or kegging. Below is a link to the flavorings: 2) We do not advocate removing krausen, unless it makes you . . .
12/6/2004 – I have a recipe which calls for black brewers licorice... is this a special type of licorice or will any black licorice do?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is a specific kind of licorice. Here is a link to it:
10/19/2004 – I am already planning on making a beer for Christmas and flavoring it with cinnamon and nutmeg. However, if I wanted to use grated ginger in a beer recipe, would it be a good match with something like a Canadian Ale? I want something light and crisp that would be further enhanced by the spice of ginger.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we think ginger makes a nice addition, cinnamon too! HOWEVER...our advice is to be careful with nutmeg. The nutmeg seems to get more intense over time. Even a small amount seems to be too much, so use with caution.
7/21/2004 – Is it an actual licorice flavor? Is it used to make a licorice flavor beer or is it added to a certain type of beer to add to its character? Thanks, Dave
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is actually a licorice flavor. Not sweet, just licorice.It is sometimes used in porters and stouts to add an extra "zing" of flavor. It is also said to help with head retention. I have used it, and found that about 1/2 of a stick is about right in a porter. A full stick will give your beer a pronounced licorice flavor (maybe . . .
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