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Old 09-28-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Did anyone hear the discussion on Talk of the Nation: Science Friday about cheatgrass? It's an invasive grass in the western US, but apparently it can be used in brewing beer.

Here is the abstract from the original report.

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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Just listened to this while driving home. I had my first exposure to cheat grass in 2010 while excavating a paleoindian site in Idaho. I despised cheat grass but I'm very interested in learning more about using it in brewing.

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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We have tons of that stuff out here in eastern WA. May have to give it a try

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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Damn, I'm in Va, All we have is that wire grass everywhere...........

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Wow, cool idea to help curb an invasive species. Sounds kind of similar to the ...was it a type of asian carp that has infested the Missisippi? I read somewhere that the only way to possibly reduce that threat was to give it a tasty name and convince restaurants and stores to carry it all over the country.

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Is it gluten free?

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Not sure if it's gluten free. Keep on mind though it's apparently not self converting so you'd need something with the ability to convert it. The professor who was interviewed used six row.

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:29 PM   #8
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It is not gluten free, it is very high gluten according to the tests we have performed. All questions regarding cheatgrass beer can be answered by me. My wife and I are the inventors and I am the brewer. FYI it is illegal to harvest this stuff, we have special permission from the BLM.

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #9
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Cheatgrass grows in alot more places than on BLM land where it wouldn't be illegal to harvest.

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #10
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The only place it is legal to harvest would be private land.

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