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Old 01-11-2007, 11:17 PM   #1
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A buddy of mine just found out that he is allergic to the hops in beer and his favorite style is IPA. What kind of styles are out there that contain no hops and does anybody have a recipe (extract) for a NO hop beer?

My original thought was for him to switch to stouts (my favorite) but I think even the low hop profile in a stout is too much for him.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-11-2007, 11:33 PM   #2
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You can brew a Gruit

Gruit Ale (5 gallon batch)
Malts/Sugars
3 lbs. Dark caramel dry malt extract
0.5 lb. Light brown sugar
0.5 lb. Dark brown sugar
0.5 lb. Homemade invert candy sugar (medium color)
1 lb. Honey
Yeast
Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen
Hops
No hops, of course, but here are the herb additions in a 75 minute boil:
1 oz. Dried Mugwort at 60 minutes
1 oz. Dried Yarrow at 60 minutes
2 g. Dried Sweet Gale at 10 minutes
0.2 oz. Dried Marsh Rosemary at 10 minutes

Or a Heather Ale

Heather Ale

Ingredients for 5 gallons

6 2/3 pounds crushed Scotch Ale Malt or 6 pounds U.S. 2-row malted barley
and 10 1/2 oz. Amber malt (crystal or Cara-type)
12 2/3 cups of lightly pressed flowering heather tips
3/10 oz. Irish moss (10 minutes)
2 3/5 gallons soft water
1/2-3/4 cup corn sugar (dextrose) to prime

O.G. - 1.048
F.G. - 1.011

Mash the malt at 153 degrees F for 90 minutes. Sparge to collect up to 5
1/5 gallons. Add about one-half gallon (2/3 of total) of lightly pressed
heather tips and boil vigorously for 90 minutes.

Run hot wort through a sieve filled with 2 cups (1/6 of total) of heather
tips into the fermenting vessel. Allow to cool and ferment at 61 degrees F
for seven to 10 days. A lager-type yeast is suggested. The original yeast
for Froach Ale was a Scotch ale yeast, but after years of cold slow
fermentation it has evolved into a strain with a bottom-fermenting bias.
When the gravity reaches 1.015, usually the fifth day, remove ½ gallon of
ale, add 2 cups (1/6 of total) of heather flowers and warm to 158 degrees
F. Cover and steep for 15 minutes, then return to the fermenter.

Condition the ale as usual. For those needing a hop fix, add 1 4/5 oz. Of
6% AAU hops for the 90 minute boil to provide bitterness that will not
unbalance the flavors. Late addition aroma hops would compete with the
delicate heather.

For technical buff the numerical specifications for the bottled ale are
alcohol by volume, 4.9 %; O.G., 1.048; pH 4.1; color 9 SRM (23 EBC) and
bitterness 21 IBUs.

What kind of reaction does he have to the hops? The reason I ask is, when I drink IPA's or any other high IBU beer, I start sneezing like a mad man. I'll walk the 8 blocks to my house from Elysian Brewery after a night of drinking their IPA and sneeze all the way home. Fortunately, I love to sneeze almost as much as I like hoppy beers so it works out well for me.
If he experiences serious side effects from hops however, I would be careful with giving him even a low IBU beer.

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John Palmer and Randy Mosher both discuss in their books different bittering agents that preceded hops but Brewtopia's suggestion should produce a fine beers. No need for your friend to give up beer, he'll just need to give up mega-swill and learn to brew. Keep us posted on what recipes you try and find your friend likes and dislikes.

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A buddy of mine just found out that he is allergic to the hops in beer and his favorite style is IPA. What kind of styles are out there that contain no hops and does anybody have a recipe (extract) for a NO hop beer?

My original thought was for him to switch to stouts (my favorite) but I think even the low hop profile in a stout is too much for him.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Yuri was talking about experimenting with cranberry juice (the high-test natural stuff) as a bittering agent.

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Thanks Brewtopia for the reply, have you ever brewed this yourself? What whould you say it tastes like?

He gets a rash on his face and has problems with his sinuses, He has no interest in brewing his own beer so I figured that I would try brewing a batch for him.

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Artemisia Absinthum aka. wormwood is really bitter, along the lines of what Brewtopia suggests. It is very easy to grow and very bitter. You would really need to experiment with amounts and I am assuming tiny additions would be sufficient. I can send you a small amount dried if you'd like. It is in the garden, I think it is still doing alright even in the freeze, if not come spring I can send some. Just pm me. You could try to replicate an IPA, of course it aint gonna be the same. I wonder if something like hop extracts would bypass whatever he is allergic to? Just a thought. I also have the Yarrow. And I think I am growing Mugwort this year, or was it Motherwort....can't recall what seed I collected atm...

All those herbs are pretty decent and have floral characteristics, or at least some type of interesting flavoring. That is the real trick...trying to give it a floral characteristic. I have read of using Chamomile (Rogue has one but I think it has hops too).

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Check out this thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ighlight=gruit

You'll want to research Gruit beers. They're an entire world unto themselves.

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A buddy of mine just found out that he is allergic to the hops in beer and his favorite style is IPA. What kind of styles are out there that contain no hops and does anybody have a recipe (extract) for a NO hop beer?

My original thought was for him to switch to stouts (my favorite) but I think even the low hop profile in a stout is too much for him.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Check out this thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ighlight=gruit

You'll want to research Gruit beers. They're an entire world unto themselves.
D'oh, rookie mistake not searching first. Thanks CC.
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