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infusing hops into cocoa butter

 
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charley
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:47 pm    Post subject: infusing hops into cocoa butter Reply with quote

Any ideas? I want to infuse hops into chocolate that I am making from bean. I thought I would try to get the hops into some cocoa butter and add that to my conch.
Any suggestions?
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macerate the hell out of the hops and don't heat the cocoa butter much beyond 150 F?

Sometimes when I make an infusion I'll put the contents in a coffee filter and staple it shut, then add to the dilutant.
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>>get the hops into some cocoa butter

some experimenting may be in order.

from chemistry, some compounds will dissolve in water, some in oil, some in both, some in neither. . . .

the question is: the desired flavor compounds in hops will dissolve into what?

hops being oft used in beer, there's some evidence that - if the beer hop flavor is the one you're after (an not something else in the hops) - it dissolves in aqueous solutions. could be problematic working the water into chocolate . . .

perhaps a alcohol solution? dissolve / carry the flavor compounds, dissolves in fat, (mostly) goes away when heated . . .

shouldn'y take a lot to heat/soak/(..?..) hops in clarified butter and see if the flavors extract.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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