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    Hi Folks-

    Just picked up some dried juniper berries at World Market- Just caught my eye as I was perusing the spices. I searched the forums for references to their use, but wasn't really finding what I wanted.

    I am trying to think up a good way to use these in a wildflower mead. Thinking of gin, they likely go well with citrus fruits, and from my homebrewing, I think of coriander as a nice pairing with citrus fruits. So how about it, any great ideas? Tried and true recipes? Love to hear your insights.

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    Did you see this thread? It looks to have some good info for recipes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medsen Fey View Post
    Did you see this thread? It looks to have some good info for recipes.
    Thanks- somehow I missed that one... A couple of the links were bad, but I like the Lithuanian recipe, and it appears that a 1 oz / gallon ratio is a tad high! Good starting points.

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    If you use the advanced search, and search for juniper and limit it to titles, it will pull up a few more threads that may have something useful. I haven't checked the mead lover's digest archives on the main GotMead sight, but there may be some good stuff there if you do a search on the main site (the forum search only searches the forums).
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    Hey BikeNBrew,

    I experimented with Juniper Berries a bit recently and I'll share that experience. I tried making a Chamomile Metheglyn a few years ago that came out completely bland with no Chamomile flavor at all. Since I love Gin, I decided to do an experiment. I reopened the 750 ml bottles (they were flip-tops) and added differing amounts of juniper berries to get an idea how to use this spice. After letting the bottles sit for a couple months, I found that 4 berries per bottle gave a strong juniper flavor that I loved. So if you want a strong gin-like flavor, that berry/mead ratio might be a good starting point. Juniper is also commonly used in lower concentrations to make a more nuanced flavor contribution or as part of spice blends, but I have no experience with those approaches. Also, the berries held up well in the bottles and didn't disintegrate or anything. I think they look cool in the final product.
    Good luck!
    Last edited by Syme; 10-03-2009 at 04:43 PM. Reason: horrible speloing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syme View Post
    Hey BikeNBrew,

    I experimented with Juniper Berries a bit recently and I'll share that experience. I tried making a Chamomile Metheglyn a few years ago that came out completely bland with no Chamomile flavor at all. Since I love Gin, I decided to do an experiment. I reopened the 750 ml bottles (they were flip-tops) and added differing amounts of juniper berries to get an idea how to use this spice. After letting the bottles sit for a couple months, I found that 4 berries per bottle gave a strong juniper flavor that I loved. So if you want a strong gin-like flavor, that berry/mead ratio might be a good starting point. Juniper is also commonly used in lower concentrations to make a more nuanced flavor contribution or as part of spice blends, but I have no experience with those approaches. Also, the berries held up well in the bottles and didn't disintegrate or anything. I think they look cool in the final product.
    Good luck!
    If you want it more like Gin you'll need at least half a dozen other herbs and spices :P. There are all sorts of blends used at different distilleries. Hehe, just splitting hairs.

    But I do love Gin, its about the only liquor I can drink anymore. So what you've got sounds interesting.
    Last edited by MagicNinja; 10-03-2009 at 08:50 PM. Reason: forgot quote

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    Redstone meadery produces a juniper berry mead. You could purchase that and see if you like how it tastes.
    If I could time travel, I'd probably use it to see how my brews were doing in the future.

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