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NZweazel
03-02-2009, 06:04 PM
Has anybody used chestnuts in recipes, I am looking at brewing a English Mild ale with a chestnut addition.
Any ideas out there ?

Laughing Dog
03-02-2009, 06:38 PM
Interesting question
I had a Chestnut farmer come to me with some beers made solely from chestnuts, one of which was quite good.
he was looking at the gluten free side of it I will try to find his contact info if you want

Laughing Dog

gitchegumee
03-02-2009, 06:39 PM
First of all, I have not brewed with nuts. The reason why is that it's common perception that most nuts have too much oil in them. Excessive lipids in beer are not good. That being said, there may be a way to eliminate them via some kind of nut "tea" or perhaps with extracts--either commercial or made yourself with an alcohol base. Good luck! I'd like to know how yours turns out.

NZweazel
03-02-2009, 06:50 PM
I am only looking at a small percentage in the grist, say under 10 %. I have heard about using roasted chestnuts/flour in some porter styles but no actual grists recipes. I will do some more research and get back on how it turns out.

Gordie
03-03-2009, 12:07 PM
I haven't done it personally, but some of the artisan folks in Italy are currently making some high end brews with chestnuts, particularly in the Piedmonte region. Googling Italian craft brewing might give you some good leads and ideas.