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Old 08-26-2009, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default Teamaker Hops?

So I was wandering around the internets trying to learn about alpha acids and beta acids. I get that AAs are what makes hops bitter, but I'm still unsure what beta acids are for. In my wanderings I came across something called "Teamaker Hops". It's supposed to be a type of hop that is low on AA (~1%) but high in BA, so you can make a hop tea without the bite.

My question is, where do I get some and has anyone tried using them as aroma hops/dry hops? I'm a bit skeptical on their existence since all of the pages that come up regarding Teamaker seem to be clones of the same news article.

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Old 08-27-2009, 02:06 PM   #2
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Haven't heard of Teamaker, but there are certainly low-AA hops sold for making tea. Mainly used as a sleeping aid. With dozens of known hops available, I wouldn't bother trying to track down an unknown.

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I have a rhizome growing. Well, it grew last summer. Got very few cones. It is the 1st year. Not bitter or fragrant. I am going to use it as a late addition to an oatmeal stout this weekend.

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When I was younger, perhaps 20 years ago, I used to purchase hops from a local health food store/coo-op. I am not sure what variety they were, but they were intended to be used in hop teas. In case you are not aware, hops have a calming effect and are often--or used to be, anyways--used as sleeping aids as a cup of hop tea has a tendency to make one sleepy/drowsy. They is also why they are used in "dream pillows".

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