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I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.

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Just use a brown ale extract kit, and add some hazelnut flavoring to fermenter. If you don't use a pre-made kit, I would suggest always using the lightest extract you can get, and adding color, flavor using specialty grains. Browns ales are usually made with 1 pound or so of a dark crystal malt (80-120L) and 4oz of chocolate malt. (for 5 gallon batches) easy on the hazelnut, it could get too powerful.

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I typically only do all grain and have come up with the core recipe for a southern English ale on my own. I prefer the sweetness on the southern style and hope the hazelnut will make a nice light dessert beer –  muck41 Jul 24 '13 at 18:06
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I just co authored a book on commercial beer recipes for homebrewers. One of the recipes I got was Rogue Hazelnut Brown ale. The recipe came directly from brewmaster John Maier. They used to use Flavormate extract, but have switched to the Northwestern brand. John says it has much more flavor than other brands. Based upon their usage, 1/2 tsp. for a 5 gal. batch is the right amount.

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As to at least solicit an answer vs. shamelessly plugging it yourself, which book is it and has it been released yet? –  Scott Jul 24 '13 at 16:03
    
No it hasn't been released yet. Spring I think. I'm one of about 5-6 authors who collected recipes. It will be called (AFAIK) "Commercial Beer Recipes for Homebrewers". The publisher is Quayside in Minneapolis. –  Denny Conn Jul 24 '13 at 16:10
    
Thanks Denny I'll give it a try and will up dated the answer and results when I brew. I really appreciate this info and the suggested amount! –  muck41 Jul 24 '13 at 18:07
    
Denny do you know where I can buy that extract online? –  muck41 Jul 27 '13 at 1:57
    
This is the company's website...nwextract.com . You'll have to contact them for info. –  Denny Conn Jul 27 '13 at 16:15
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I have had success with a bottle of hazelnut syrup from Starbucks. You can experiment with it by adding it directly to a glass of finished beer.

I added about 4 T (tablespoons) of the syrup to about 12 liters of finished beer, and then let it sit in a carboy for about 6 weeks before bottling.

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