Adding to a beer


I have been brewing from kits for a while and really been enjoying the different beers I have made.
At one point I did consider making my own beer however, now is not quite the time for me to invest in all the kit required so, I am happy to continue with my Malt Extract kits.
Recently I attempted modifying the flavour of a beer. Since I dodn't know what the out come was going to be, I bought a cheap kit (£5) so knew if it failed I wouldn't care too much.
Basically, I boiled up about a gallon of water but added a homemade 'teabag' using cinamon, mixed spice and ginger. The result of this was a fairly nice tasting christmasy beer. The only downside was that it was a cheap beer so tasted cheap. Would have been nicer with a better kit.
My next experiment will be a similar process but intead will be using fennel and star anise in a stout.
I would also like to try a Pomegranete beer. For this I was planning on just adding an amount of Pomegranete juice, extracted from the fruit itself. What I would like to know is roughly how much juice should I use?
Thanks,
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PieOPah

PieOpah,
Another way to add more flavor to your beer is to steep crushed grains at 150 using a portion of your water. This mini mash method is done by many extract brewers and yeilds a better beer than just extract alone. There is alot of info on this on the net that a simple search can give you.
Heath
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Heath

I agree with Heath. This is the way I started and for now the way I still make my beers. By steeping some grains you extract flavor and color. You will also have more body, which will help with head retention. It is a fairly simple extra step, and your LHBS should be able to help you with what grains to use for any style you are trying to make. Cheers, Michael Herrenbruck DragonTail Ale Drunken Bee Mead
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DragonTail281

Care to embellish on that a little bit? Why shouldn't I do it?
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PieOPah

I have been brewing from kits for a while and really been enjoying the different beers I have made.
My next experiment will be a similar process but intead will be using fennel and star anise in a stout.
I would also like to try a Pomegranete beer. For this I was planning on just adding an amount of Pomegranete juice, extracted from the fruit itself. What I would like to know is roughly how much juice should I use?
You are adding some very unusual things to your beer. Star anise is a very powerful flavouring, you will want to watch how much you are putting in. Why dont you try changing the flavour profile of your beer using some steeped grains such as crystal malts and some late addition hops maybe. You wont find many people to share your drinking experience with if you put star anise in your beer. Steve W.
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QD Steve

Well the christmas beer went down well which is why I wanted to try something different.
With the Star Anise, this would be going into a Stout (Coopers Stout). I have passed on this for now in favour of a coffee flavour. Basically brewed up 2 pots of coffee and have added this to the wort. Will be trying the aniseed stout next time round.
I was planning on trying the Pomegranete with a pale ale
Thanks
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PieOPah

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