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Old 02-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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I recently purchased 2 ounces of mugwort from my local herb shop and was wondering how much should i put in my 5 gal batch of an anchor steam clone(Partial extract)? I also might submit this beer in a work related brewing contest and was wondering if anyone will feel ill from this herb?


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Old 02-07-2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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What is the benefit to adding Mugwort?

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:45 PM   #3
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probably a flavor that he likes

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I have read that mugwort was used before hops were used so i thiught i would like to try. i am also going to add hops but i thought a lil mugwort wont hurt. And the flavor is not that bad

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To jon, What is the benefit of adding mugwort?? Thats why i asked.+

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I thought there was some other reason. I wasn't trying to be sarcastic.

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Oh ok sorry, I just thought it would be cool to use the original ingredients mixed with a beer i love.

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Midwestsupplies carries it and the description says it adds a sage like taste. 1oz to 5 gal is norm.

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Sounds interesting... are you still going to use hops anyway? You might have problems keeping it sanitary if you don't use ANY hops (bacteria will get in there and make it a sour).

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What type of beer is it going to be? Mugwort is potent, so don't overdo it, especially if you're using hops as well. If I were to use the two, I would probably use mugwort as the bittering agent (20 min boil should do) and just use aroma hops at the end of the boil. Or, if you wanted a mugwort aroma, you could reverse that and boil the hops for an hour and the mugwort for the last 10 or so minutes.

If you're doing the former, I would say 1oz max. If you're going for mugwort aroma, then 1/2oz should do it for the short boil, without making it too potent. Once again, it depends on the character of the beer you want.

Also, mugwort is antiseptic, like hops

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