Herbs, Spices and Oak
Herbs and spices add a flair to any beer, cider or mead recipe while oak adds a refined character to a well aged beer or wine. Use all spices sparingly at first. It’s easy to go overboard.
A distinctive spice from the same family as ginger. The “spicy cola” flavor combines well with coriander, cumin and orange. Often, all three are used together in specialty Belgian and Holiday Style beers. 1 oz. packet.
Known principally as a flavoring for savory dishes in Asia and Africa and for its use in pastries and beverages, cinnamon has also found its way into recipes for spicy holiday ales and ciders. 1 oz. packet.
Widely used in specialty and Belgian style beers. Often paired with orange peel in Wit beers. 1 lb. bag.
Widely used in specialty and Belgian style beers. Often paired with orange peel in Wit beers. 1 oz. packet.
Native to the British Isles, the small dark colored elderberry makes an excellent port-style wine. The appearance of berries on the bushes is said to have signaled farmers when to sow their wheat. The berries are also reputed to have been used to make one of the first black hair dyes in ancient Greece. 8 oz. packet.
Can be used on their own for making wine or can be added to elderberry wine to enhance flavor. On their own, they produce a wine compared to a muscatel. 2 oz. packet.
The peels from a grapefruit will add sweet and tangy citrus flavors to accentuate light summer beers or add an unusual dimension to darker brews. 1 oz. packet.
Imparts a pleasing aroma and smooth bitterness to beers. It is especially appropriate for Scotch ales and gruit beers. Has a flavor similar to a subtle chamomile/mint blend with a hint of lavender. Heather pairs well with honey. 2 oz. packet.
The herb takes its name from the Spanish “sarza” meaning a bramble, and “parilla”, a vine. It is a misconception that sarsaparilla is the primary flavor of the beverage bearing its name. Refreshing sarsaparilla is made from a root beer type base to which has been added several of many roots and herbs. The sarsaparilla herb was originally added to beverages to help improve mouthfeel and head retention. 2 oz. packet.
Commonly known as the principal flavoring in gin, it is also used to flavor beer and other beverages. A principle ingredient in Sahti beers. 1 oz. packet.
Adds a lemon/citrus flavor and aroma. Great for Summer ales and wheat beers. 1 oz. packet.
Imparts a very characteristic flavor and is surprisingly sweet. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, a substance 50 times sweeter than sugar, and is often added to chocolate to enhance sweetness. 1 oz. packet.
Lime peels will add citrus fruit flavors to any beer style. They add a unique twist to existing beer recipes or can be used as the star in lighter summer brews. 1 oz. packet.
Mugwort was used in the Middle Ages to ward off evil possession and was a popular stuffing for roast goose. As the name implies, it was traditionally used in mugs of beer before the popularity of hops. Mugwort has a pleasantly bittersweet taste and aroma and also aids in clarification. 1 oz. packet.
Used to replicate a barrel aged flavor in wine and beer. 4 oz. packet.
Toasted chips of French oak used to replicate a barrel aged flavor in beer and wine. 4 oz. packet.
These green-gray peels are used commercially by domestic brewers to duplicate the beer styles that put Belgium on the brewing map. A key ingredient in Belgian style wit beers. 1 lb. packet.
These green-gray peels are used commercially by domestic brewers to duplicate the beer styles that put Belgium on the brewing map. A key ingredient in Belgian style wit beers. 1 oz. packet.
While a cousin to the Florida orange, this sweet variety will not give your beer as sharp of a taste as the domestic version. If you’re familiar with the taste of Cointreau or Grand Marnier, then you will be thrilled with the flavor that sweet orange peel can add to your Belgian style strong ales and special holiday brews. 1 lb. packet.