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Tonka beans

Post by mbarn » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:30 pm

Has anyone got experience brewing with tonka beans?
I had a Lervig 3 bean stout at a beer festival in Leeds, and it was outstanding!

I’m eager to try tonka beans, but no idea whether I should add them to the mash, boil, or fermentation.
I understand they are toxic in large amounts.

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Re: Tonka beans

Post by richard080561 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:43 pm

In the interests of bumping the post in the hope you get an answer, I have to say that I have no idea what a Tonka bean is or how you would use it, or any other bean when brewing beer
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Re: Tonka beans

Post by oldbloke » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:31 am

All I know is that Nigella Lawson uses them in her trifle recipe! It was on Australian Masterchef today!

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Re: Tonka beans

Post by Jim » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:04 am

Well that's a new one on me! 3 bean stout eh? :shock:
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Re: Tonka beans

Post by mbarn » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:16 am

The tonka beans add a vanilla and spice type flavour to the beer, as well as amazing aroma, which is why tonka is in some high end perfumes, and a lot of higher end dessert.

I’d like to experiment with tonka, vanilla, and cocao in a porter or stout.

The Lervig stout had a taste of vanilla, spice, chocolate, malts, then a big alcohol hit, reminiscent of a spirit.


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Re: Tonka beans

Post by Thorbz » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:38 am

I made a Left Hand Milk Stout clone, and dosed half the batch with a tonka bean tincture I'd made using vodka. I don't have a record of how much I used, although I think I just used the same rate as the guy from Kilned Brewing, so I maybe used 7 or 8 beans in 11.5 L. The taste was pretty dominant, and it certainly stuck around. I'd probably use less next time, which isn't to say it wasn't a good beer.

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Re: Tonka beans

Post by mbarn » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:04 am

Thorbz wrote:I made a Left Hand Milk Stout clone, and dosed half the batch with a tonka bean tincture I'd made using vodka. I don't have a record of how much I used, although I think I just used the same rate as the guy from Kilned Brewing, so I maybe used 7 or 8 beans in 11.5 L. The taste was pretty dominant, and it certainly stuck around. I'd probably use less next time, which isn't to say it wasn't a good beer.
Thanks for the info. Rates I’ve seen online from one brewer show 80g per 1000 litres, so it’s definitely something to use sparingly.


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