Since our goal was to create a beer with a low dose of THC, dosed at 5mg per 12-ounce bottle, that turns out to be 0.25ml of glycerin per bottle, or about one fat drop out of a medicine dropper. That means 14 grams of flower ($50 to $150 at current prices) created enough tincture to fill about 500 bottles, making it an extremely economical option for the homebrewer.
No decarboxylation process is perfectly efficient, but you can get pretty close. If the idea of calculating doses causes your math phobia to rear its ugly head, you can find dosage calculators online.
Heat the oil to 220°F (104°C), place the container with the flower and glycerin into the oil bath, and wait for the temperature of the glycerin to reach 180°F (82°C)—this is hot enough to allow the THC crystals to become molten and infuse the glycerin, without having to worry too much about decarbing the cannabis further and degrading the THC to CBN. At this point start your timer set for 45 minutes. Try to keep the temperature as close to 180°F (82°C) as possible. We used two meat thermometers, one in the oil bath and one in the glycerin, to check and track the temperature.
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For our beer, we knew the tincture would be able to provide the desired psychoactive and “body high” effects, but preserving the terpenes for the marijuana strain–specific aroma was also important so dry-hopping with freshly decarbed marijuana was vital to impart those terpene aromas from our selected strains. We tested decarbing both strains at various temperatures below the efficient conversion temperature of 220°F (104°C) and making teas until we found a temperature that preserved the aromas while still ensuring that we were killing any microbes present in the flower. Putting the ground flower in the oven for 15 minutes at 160°F (71°C) saved a good portion of the aroma, presented none of the unwanted chlorophyll flavors, and likely had minimal THCA conversion. The Strawberry Diesel maintained its aromas better and more pungently than the Lemon Jeffrey, making it a better choice for the dry-hop addition.
Andrew took the lead in selecting marijuana strains, choosing Strawberry Diesel and Lemon Jeffrey. Both strains have pungent aromas: Strawberry Diesel provides a strawberry and berry aroma; Lemon Jeffrey provides lemon and subtle grassy aromas. For those unfamiliar, cannabis is sold in a multitude of forms, from flower to concentrates, edibles, chews, candies, sprays, topical creams, even odorless tasteless powders that nearly instantly dissolve in any liquid.
For this venture, we chose a vegetable-glycerin tincture because it is water soluble and has a mildly sweet taste that would not radically change the flavor of the beer. To make our vegetable-glycerin tincture, we used a double-boil method in an oil bath. Place your decarbed flower in a heat safe container, preferably one with a high thermal mass such as a thick glass, and add your vegetable glycerin. We went with 10ml of vegetable glycerin for every gram of flower, and used 14 grams of flower so 140ml in total. In a separate larger pan, pour in enough vegetable oil to overtop the flower inside the container, but not enough to make the container float.
I appreciate everyones help with this.
These people are the first (on a commercial scale).
Pretty sure Cbd tincture is a cheaper option for homebrewing, and can be added before bottling like any other flavouring agent.
OG. Do u think you needed the honey? What type of hops did you use to get that dank aroma and flavor?
Hello my fellow homebrewers. I was wondering if anyone had or knows of a CBD infused Beer. like a Lager or Pale Ale. Looking for something that has that dank aroma to it.
It is marketed as a drink that allows you to relax without becoming drunk or high. Those who have tried this product claim that it helps them to relax. Some users also suggest that their mood improves after a CBD beer.
Certainly, there is evidence that cannabidiol can help people unwind. A study published in 2019 looked at CBD’s effects on people with anxiety. The study also included individuals who had insomnia. The volunteers who consumed between 25mg and 75mg of CBD a day for a month reported reduced anxiety and improved sleep quality.
What Can CBD-Infused Beer Do?
Another Hong Kong brewer, Young Master, released its CBD beer in August 2020. It sells an estimated 10,000 cans per month!
For brewers that create CBD beers with alcohol, the process is effectively the same as normal. They use nano emulsification to add the CBD, but the brewing process doesn’t change otherwise. This means you can expect CBD beers to taste as good as their non-CBD counterparts.
Unfortunately, things haven’t changed much. Prospective producers of CBD-infused beer in America have many issues to contend with. A handful of states don’t even allow CBD in any food or drink. The FDA says this practice is still illegal, and hardly any brands even try to make CBD-infused beer.