I want to make a beer with some hazelnut flavor to it. Maybe add some cocoa nibs or powder to the wort and make a Nutella-ish beer. My question itself is specific to hazelnuts, but maybe you could enlighten me on how to brew with all types of edible nuts?
My questions/concerns are:
- How do I prepare the hazelnuts for the beer? Would I roast them in the oven first? I'll need to de-shell them first, correct?
- Will the fat content cause the beer to spoil? That what makes Nutella so delicious of course, but fat in beer sounds terrible. Is there anyway to avoid that?
- When would I add them to the beer? Mash? Boil? Secondary? Depends?
There are probably other things that I'll need to consider. But if anyone could help me out from experience, it'd be much appreciated.