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Old 10-11-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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Default contemplating an herbal brew with damiana, mugwort, weird stuff.

ive found all of these sites promoting herbs for smoking that induce euphoric or semi-psychedelic experiences but i would be more interested in using such herbs either in conjunction with my hops or in place of my hops. anyone have any background with this? maybe brew a crazy ale with damiana, california poppy and mugwort...

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Old 10-11-2010, 12:24 PM   #2
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Start with this book



http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Herbal-.../dp/0937381667

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acred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation by Stephen Harrod Buhner is a book that takes a devotes more than 500 pages to the ingredients and techniques that were once apart of beer brewing before the pale European lager conquered the world. It covers some beers that most beer nerds will have heard of and a few will have brewed, gruit, kvass, and sahti for example, but for the most part it talks about things that very few people will have heard of (let alone brewed), nettle beer, oak bark ale, and saffron beer for example.
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Or this book
http://www.amazon.com/Homebrewers-Ga.../dp/1580170102

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I have looked into a few of these brews. The only one that was mildly successful was using kava kava. Just let it steep at flame-out or "dry-hop" with it. It needs to go with a big beer and something with some mouthfeel or you get way too much of the earthy taste.

I'm curious what your other ideas are.

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I just brewed a gruit ale. Yarrow, mugwart, marsh rosemary, and sweet gale.

It's not carbed yet, just got it into bottles. I did try a sample though...it tastes like an amber ale (cuz I used amber malt) with a strange herby taste at the end. It's not BAD, but it will take some getting use to.

You can find info on gruits on the web. Here's a pretty informative site to start with.
http://www.gruitale.com/intro_en.htm

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Where did you get your ingredients? That always seems to be an interesting part with these brews.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:05 PM   #7
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http://www.wildweeds.com/index.html
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i dont want to read a book lol i just want some personal testimony.. im thinking of adding some damiana into a brew.

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fair enough.

I brewed a summer-wheat ale with a mix of yarrow lavender and chamomile added at flame out. It had a mild sweet floral-herbal aroma I enjoyed and found I would have enjoyed being stronger. I used only a few grams of each.

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cool. ive been wanting to do a wheat ale with some real fruit, do you think dry hopping with some floral herbs would be a bit much for one brew to handle?

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