Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Honey-Lavender Kolsch: Part 1
For a spring brew I decided to pick up the Honey Kolsch kit from Northern Brewer. I thought it might be even more interesting to add some lavender – that is an ingredient that they feature on their site, after all – and I had a small sachet that our friend Lilly gave us last year. The question was how to use it as an ingredient in the kit beer.
I did some research on the topic, and one suggested way was to create a tincture – infuse the little herbal flowers with a 40% alcohol solution. I combined two shot glasses full of the flowers with three shot glasses full of Absolut Vodka (80 proof!), and voila – I had my tincture!
(If you're interested in the process, Wikipedia is a good place to start.)
Here are a couple of photos of the final steps in the process, filtering out the flowers, and the final product.
I bottled the kolsch on Sunday, adding the tincture and the priming sugar to the big bottling tub. I’ll have a post on that tomorrow.