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Old 01-09-2008, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Bee balm substituting for hops..?

Local paper quotes a local microbrewer who is thinking of using bee balm as a substitute.

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Old 01-10-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Never heard of it, but a little research makes it sound like it would be good for aroma. (spicy, highly fragrant leaves)

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Old 01-10-2008, 12:51 AM   #3
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bee balm = bergamot!
I'm all for it. Earl Grey yo.

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There might be some head retention problems due to the oil content, but I think that the spicy citrusy flavors would be perfect for a PA. I think a couple ounces at the end of the boil would be good.

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