Last weekend I thought of an idea to extend tincturing and flavor additions further. We have a keg of a Dead Guy Ale clone that is about a third full. The beer is very mild tasting and comes across the palate slightly watery. It has not been the most popular keg on tap and we have grown slightly bored of it. While pulling a pint, I wondered if I could alter the flavor of the keg to make it more interesting. The process would be similar to adding tinctures before, with a few differences. First, you would need to brainstorm what flavors would be compatible with the beer, as it already exists in a finished state. Then, after tasting a variety of flavor additions and picking the desired one, you would have to sample for concentration and ramp up the flavoring addition to match the amount of beer left in the keg.
For the Dead Guy Ale clone, we tried the following flavorings:
- Lemon extract
- Rosehip tincture
- Hazelnut extract
- Islay scotch that had soaked in oak cubes
- Cinnamon tincture