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Old 12-16-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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spruce tips. Ok, not that strange but I needed to start my own thread. Please don't bother telling me this has been discussed before because there are several hundred new users every week.

What's the strangest ingredient you've used and how did it come out?

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Old 12-16-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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Probably Saffron for the DFH Midas Touch clone. It didn't seem to do anything but I added it anyways. Other than that, there is nothing out of the ordinary I add to many beers. Honey is probably the next in line and that is not strange at all.

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Old 12-16-2010, 01:59 PM   #3
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Probably Saffron for the DFH Midas Touch clone. It didn't seem to do anything but I added it anyways. Other than that, there is nothing out of the ordinary I add to many beers. Honey is probably the next in line and that is not strange at all.
How did the Midas Touch Clone come out overall?
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I made a light summer ale called "Cat Chase Dog", after the epic doggie biscuit thread here inspired me to use the spent grains to make doggie biscuits. The special ingredient: Catnip.

Yes, really.

It complemented the Fuggle hops very nicely by rounding out the headiness with a slightly grassy, marjoram-like flavor.

One fist-full of ground catnip at flame out.

I bet you didn't know that catnip is in the same family (cannabacea) as both Hops AND Marijuana.

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Old 12-16-2010, 04:43 PM   #5
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How did the Midas Touch Clone come out overall?
It was good once it mellowed. Between the high ABV and the addition of white muscat grape juice, it had some pretty extreme flavors to start out with. It's been almost a year since I've brewed it and I still have some set aside to drink.

I think the catnip is a bad idea for me, since my cats already are way too interested in my brewing haha
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:49 PM   #6
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Heh, mine too... Until one day I picked him up to let him get a good whiff of a bubbling airlock. He acted like I shot a flamethrower in his face. Now, whenever I carry a carboy up from the basement, he runs and hides.

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Old 12-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #7
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I bet you didn't know that catnip is in the same family (cannabacea) as both Hops AND Marijuana.
Actually, it's in the mint family, Labiatae. I bet it tasted good, though!
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I've added what some might consider "strange" things in my beer, as I've done a few non-hop beers bittered with Yarrow, mugwort and wormwood. Turned out quite interesting, although I will probably drop the wormwood in the future, that stuff is crazy bitter.

Although, because it is bugging me (Parents are Horticulturists), Catnip is actually in the mint family (Lamiacae) not the Cannabaceae family, which only contains MJ, hops, and hackberry, a very small family. Don't mean to be nerdy but it bugs me.

Edit: Damn, I was beaten to it, so it seems, by Teacher.

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Wow. I think it's going to be pretty hard to beat Catnip in my book. That's "interesting."

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I did an herbed blonde with lemongrass, spearmint, and chamomile. Chamomile isn't that weird, but the first two are.

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