Video Tip: Considering Cannabis as an Ingredient for Aroma and Flavor

Ross Koenigs explains why homebrewers may want to consider cannabis as a flavorful ingredient—even if they’re not trying to extract THC—and how to evaluate its aroma for beer.

Ross Koenigs Oct 25, 2023 - 2 min read

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When he was the brewing innovation specialist at New Belgium in Fort Collins, Colorado, Ross Koenigs led the analytical research that led to the Hemperor, the groundbreaking hemp-flavored IPA. His journey continued as he experimented and gathered more expertise for his book Brewing with Hemp, published by Brewers Publications, and more recently as he launched his own Second Dawn brewery in eastern Denver.

In this detailed 67-minute video course aimed at homebrewers, Koenigs explains the science and practicalities of brewing with cannabis. Along the way, he discuses:

  • brewing with hemp seeds as a flavor adjunct
  • how hemp seeds promote esters and desirable phenols
  • adding hemp-seed oil in fermentation to extend a beer’s shelf life
  • hop varieties that pair well with hemp-seed flavors
  • brewing with cannabis for flavor
  • the organic similarities of cannabis and hops
  • the potential aroma and flavor outcomes of brewing with cannabis
  • the constituent aromatic components of “dank”
  • adding cannabis to the whirlpool
  • biotransformation and cannabis flavors
  • watching out for hemp creep
  • dry hopping (or dry hemping) techniques with cannabis
  • decarboxylation to unlock cannabinoids in beer
  • using a pressure cooker to decarboxylate cannabis
  • solubilizing decarboxylated cannabinoids to make tinctures
  • controlling safe dosage with tinctures
  • using tinctures to add other flavors

And much more.

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