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Old 04-28-2006, 02:02 AM   #1
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Has anybody tried to make beer from agave nectar? My uncle has diabetes and can't drink beer and I want to make a beer he can drink. So if anyone has tried this and has a recipe please let me know.
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Old 04-28-2006, 02:12 AM   #2
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Well, it wouldn't really be beer. It has to be made from malted grain to be called that.

Not really a wine either, since it is not made from fruit.

I guess what it really is would be undistilled tequila.

Personally, I don't think it wold be very good if you put hops in it and carbonated it, but... it's hard to say. You might discover some new beverage that takes the world by storm.

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Old 04-28-2006, 04:29 AM   #3
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1) Agave nectar is just a very expensive source of sugar, no help there.

2) The reason for diabetics to avoid the beer is that the alcohol in it lowers blood sugar. The medicos are afraid that drinking on an empty stomache will lower blood sugar so far that hypoglycemia can result- the patient paasses out, but instread of treating him for low sugar, folks will think he just needs to sleep it off. Could be asleep for a loong, loong time.

3) The Medicos want your uncle to take Insulin, because it lowers his sugar.
The Medicos want your uncle to diet, because it lowers his sugar.
The Medicos want your uncle to take pills, because it lowers his sugar.
The Medicos want your uncle to excercise, because it lowers his sugar.
The Medicos want your uncle not to have a beer, because it lowers his sugar?

There aren't any UN-biased studies of porn, drugs, sex, or alcohol. But your uncle might be able to find some study of moderate drinking and diabetes, and come to his own health care decision. But the limited amount of carbs in a beer ain't gonna kill him.

(one homebrew lowers my sugar by about 25 mg/dcl)

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tequila. yum let's hope not.
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Old 04-28-2006, 04:52 AM   #5
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tequiza anyone?

Please tell me I'm not the only one who's been there and done that.

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been there, done that, got the tee shirt....Then sold it on ebay.

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Old 04-28-2006, 09:43 PM   #7
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Has anybody tried to make beer from agave nectar? My uncle has diabetes and can't drink beer and I want to make a beer he can drink. So if anyone has tried this and has a recipe please let me know.
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I think it would turn out kinda like mead, wouldn't it? I was just introduced to agave nectar a couple weeks ago and while I didn't do the side-by-side taste test, it seemed pretty similar to honey.

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Old 04-28-2006, 10:54 PM   #8
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it's very similar to honey. you will basically be making mead, but mix it with a light beer and you can call it braggot. a local brewery made a braggot with prickly pear and it was quite good, not afull on beer, way different actually, but still pretty tasty.

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My uncle’s doctor has told him he can drink tequila but not whisky or beer. He said the reason is the type of sugars/carbohydrates in the drinks. That is why I think that a beer like drink made from blue agave nectar would be his best bet. I am still looking for recipes if anyone has tried this. Thanks Jonah

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I would just do a basic mead recipie but substitute agave for honey. Im not to shure what hops would tast like in a all agave recipie, but a agave mead is pretty good.

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