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Old 04-10-2014, 12:11 AM   #11
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I always thought the purpose in dryhopping was to give it the uncooked flavor and smell. Kind of like the difference between eating a cooked and a raw carrot. I will probably just bypass it on the next gruit try.
Instead of dry hopping with your herbs you can add them at flame out, this will also help sanitize the herbs to help with avoiding infection.

Did you brew it? if so how did it come out?

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I made one last year loosely based on this recipe:

https://distantmirror.wordpress.com/...ian-gruit-ale/

It was great for the first couple of months. There was plenty of bitterness to balance the malt though it tasted vaguely minty rather than hoppy. Eventually, the lack of the anti-septic properties of the hops allowed infections to set up in the bottles and I had to throw it out.

Still, it came in third in our club's "no-hops-allowed" contest and was a very interesting experiment.

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Old 04-10-2014, 03:55 AM   #13
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Default Planning to make a gruit

I work for Mountain Town Brewery in Michigan, one of our staple beers is the Sacred Gruit, probably my favorite beer we brew and I am a Hophead if that says anything. Obviously I can't talk about any specifics but here is the description with the herbs we use from our website to give you an insight

"What is Gruit you might ask? Gruit is a blend of herbs that brewers added to their beer in the renaissance times if not before. Herbs are an essential ingredient in beer, both as a preservative and to counterbalance the bitterness and flavoring. Herbs were the only thing used prior to the extensive use of hops. Sacred Gruit ale is a pale ale brewed with primary combination of three mild to moderate herbs yarrow, sweet gale (myrtle) and marsh rosemary (wild rosemary)."

It's an awesome style of beer an would encourage anyone to brew it

Also would like to add we don't pasteurize or filter and we bottle this, don't believe we have ever had a problem with infections from the herbs or lack of hops.


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Old 04-16-2014, 04:53 PM   #14
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My infection problem was from dry hopping the herbs I think. I will just add them like hop additions this time. I will be trying this again in a few weeks.

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