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Everybody Loves a (Coco)nut

There are a number of ways to use coconut in your brewing. Learn to choose the right type of flavor, how to prepare it, and how to brew with it!

Libby Murphy Aug 24, 2016 - 8 min read

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Coconut is a versatile tropical fruit that has a range of flavors depending on how it’s prepared. It can taste nutty, roasty, rich, silky smooth, or sweet, or even a combination of all of those. Because of its ability to morph into so many flavors, as well as its own amazing flavor, it’s one I’ve used several times in my beer-making.

Where to Get the Flavor

Depending on the resources around you, your ability to use coconut flavors in your beer should be pretty easy. And when you’re just getting acquainted with coconut, you might want to brew up a big batch of base beer, then divide it three or four ways to experiment with additions to find your favorite method.

Fresh coconut might be tricky to come by locally, depending on where you live and the season. You’ll want to separate the white meat from the outer brown shell and chop the meat into small pieces, or use a peeler to get some nice-sized flakes.

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