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Old 12-06-2007, 04:50 PM   #171
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Or a mead. Meads and honey are reputed as increasing peoples longevity.
As yes, we know that meads are quite tasty now, but back in the day meads were often considered to be the "lesser" beverage, as honey was often a relatively cheap source of sugar, and treated as such. The upper classes preferred both beer and fine wine to it, although as you mentioned it was respected for medicinal value. Here's a good, short history of mead from my local brewer's Guild . The Norse are of course an exception to this, they absolutely loved the stuff, but I don't think they got a mention in LotR.
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:00 PM   #172
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Me too. Because of this thread I have decided to do another read of The Hobbit followed by the LOTR. I'll be keeping a close eye out for references to beer, ale, porter and any other beer styles. In the first chapter of The Hobbit, as has already been pointed out, some of the dwarves took ale, and others took porter. Since Bilbo supplied them, it would seem that both were brewed in Hobbiton so that porter is not exclusively a dwarvish style.
Lol, hell of a good point! Bilbo was pretty wealthy, he could have had casks shipped, but it seems unlikely that they would come from any further than Bree.

I am re-reading them too!

Anyone who likes the Harry Potter books should read Tolkien. D&D, HP and damn near every fantasy made since owe a lot to tolkien.

Anybody seen an ad for "In the Name of the King"? It might as well be the two towers part 2. What a shamles hack job!
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Old 12-07-2007, 02:41 PM   #173
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What are you going to use as the secret ingrediant in Ent Wash that makes you grow taller? Human Growth Hormone?
No HGH thats for sure, I was planning on just using the honey, it is after all natures "Superfood "


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Old 12-07-2007, 05:40 PM   #174
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Looks pretty good to me Jens-nice and light, refreshing, but with some character. Out of curiosity, what sort of OG are you expecting for that? Also, where do you get birch syrup? I think its a great touch, but I never knew that was something you could actually buy.

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Old 12-07-2007, 06:39 PM   #175
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Anyone who likes the Harry Potter books should read Tolkien. D&D, HP and damn near every fantasy made since owe a lot to tolkien.

As long as we are pimpin authors check out David Eddings as well.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:53 PM   #176
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I'm shooting for a 1.040-1.048-ish OG , You can order Birch syrup online from several places like http://www.alaskabirchsyrup.com/albipr.html , I get mine from a local Amish general store for about 1/2 of what that website charges.

I had originally put down 2 lbs of birch syrup, but tasted the stuff last night- wow! intense flavor. I'm going to reduce it to 8 oz, and add a touch of maple syrup to keep with the Tree theme. I've bumped the DME to 3 lbs to make up the difference.

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Old 12-08-2007, 02:11 AM   #177
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As long as we are pimpin authors check out David Eddings as well.
Hahaha, I thought I was the only guy who read his work. He is pretty good and worth a read. But for my money, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series takes the cake, especially the first volume. Jordan has a beautiful writing style that makes it both entertaining, moving, and a fully visceral experience.

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I'm curious as to how birch tastes...Perhaps I'll buy one of those birch beer extracts and give it a taste .
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Hmmmmm, not seriously, but I thought it was kinda funny.

Birch syrup in Treebeards ale = cannibalism


Lol, I like the recipe.

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18 pages is a lot to go through, so I apologize if this has been brought up.

[snip] I see that it has.

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I have little more than passing interest in this thread, but I'm quite impressed with the imaginative approach here. What a fantastic idea for Tolkien fans.

I did a quick Google search and did come up with a link I haven't seen posted yet. It's an excerpt from an NPR bit about Tolkien entitled, Grabbing a Beer with Tolkien. To save you the disappointment, Mr. Keyser "can't remember what Mr. Tolkien ordered." Still, I found it an interesting segment.

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