12 Brews of Christmas: #10 Flower Power
On the tenth day of Christmas, I just went for it. I tossed every flower in my spice cabinet at it. Ladies and Gentleman, get your bell bottoms on. Let’s hear it for Flower Power!
At first I was going to make a simple Jasmine brew, but when I smelled the Jasmine flowers by themselves I felt like they needed a bit more punch. Punch indeed. I threw caution and dried flowers to the wind and into the brew pot. Because I can. And if this turns out awful, I’ll use it to water my plants. The cycle of life continues…
Here’s the ingredient list:
At start of boil approximately 170 degrees
227 grams Light dry malt extract
111 grams Rice syrup solids
1 gram Hyssop
15 minutes into boil:
3g Yarrow flowers
3g Jasmine flowers
3g Elder flowers
3g Lavender flowers
1g Heather tips
20 minutes later at flameout
2g Yarrow flowers
2g Jasmine flowers
2g Elder Flowers
2g Lavender Flowers
2g Heather tips
1/4 cup Belgian candy sugar
S-33 yeast after cooling to 68-70 degrees
I really must bottle this with Wildflower honey.
I suppose you are wondering about the hyssop. Well wonder no more, thanks to wikipedia:
“The plant is commonly used by beekeepers to produce a rich and aromatic honey.
Herb hyssop leaves are used as an aromatic condiment. The leaves have a lightly bitter taste due to its tannins, and an intense minty aroma. Due to its intensity, it is used moderately in cooking. The herb is also used to flavor liqueur, and is part of the official formulation of Chartreuse.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) essential oil
As a medicinal herb, hyssop has soothing, expectorant, and cough suppressant properties. The plant also includes the chemicals thujone and phenol, which give it antiseptic properties. Its high concentrations of thujone and chemicals that stimulate the central nervous system can provoke epileptic reactions when taken in high enough doses. The oil of hyssop can cause seizures and even low doses (2–3 drops) can cause convulsions in children.
It has been also used in the formulation of eye drops and mouthwash.”
First impression based on the smell of the wort is Vick’s Vapo-Rub mixed with brand new leather shoes. Only yeast and time can save me now.
Two more to go people…