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Old 12-13-2011, 02:38 AM   #21
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Make a sahti?

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:47 AM   #22
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thats what im thinking, but now im worried about making a toxic brew.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:53 AM   #23
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thats what im thinking, but now im worried about making a toxic brew.
I don't think junipers are toxic (it's not a true cedar)...though I am no expert on plant toxicology
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:03 AM   #24
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Brew it up and take a swig. If you don't die it was not toxic!

A good nursery may be your best bet on getting it identified.

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Old 12-13-2011, 01:13 PM   #25
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BYO last month had an article about using juniper boughs in a traditional Swedish brew. I was reading it last night. The recipe called for over 4lbs if you could get the real thing.

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:09 PM   #26
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I think it's not a juniper but rather it's a Boulevard Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera)

One thing that will help to narrow it down; Are the needles stiff or soft? If stiff, then it's probably a junpier. If soft, then it's propbably a cypress.

Google it for lots of pictures, but this one will get you started: PlantFiles: Picture #1 of Sawara False Cypress, Boulevard Cypress, Blue Moss Cypress 'Boulevard' (Chamaecyparis pisifera)

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:26 PM   #27
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If it is a juniper I think there is probably little to worry about in terms of toxicity. Juniper berries are one of the predominant flavors (besides alcohol) in Bombay Gin. The distillation is done through a bed of juniper berries so that some of the aromatics are infused into the alcohol.

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:59 AM   #28
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[QUOTE=MrAverage;3567442]I think it's not a juniper but rather it's a Boulevard Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera)

Your right! Got it checked today. So Im guessing probably not good to brew with as it can irritate your skin, not sure how it would be if you ingested it.

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