Video Tip: How to Brew with Oak Leaves

Pick them in the spring (watch for ticks), steep them to make a big tea, then use that as your mash water... Here, Stuart Keating, cofounder of Earthbound Beer in St. Louis, Missouri, describes a method of brewing with oak leaves.

Stuart Keating Apr 29, 2020

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Earthbound Beer in St. Louis, Missouri, is a confidently different sort of brewery, specializing in beers with a wide range of herbs, spices, and other adjuncts, often used in place of hops. Stuart Keating, cofounder and head brewer, shares what he's learned from years of experience in getting evocative (often beery) flavors out of a variety of unusual (often un-beery) ingredients.

In this full 54-minute video course, Keating shares his expertise and a raft of useful tips for using a variety of adjuncts and flavorings—many quite obscure. Among the topics covered:

  • Adding tree branches or other ingredients to the mash water
  • Mash additions, such as salt, beets, or mahlab
  • Spices, chiles, extracts, and other boil additions, and when to add them
  • Testing ingredients at home using simple syrups
  • More details on special ingredients such as chicory, lavender, pecans, Thai basil, and yarrow

And much more, including two recipes.

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