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Old 09-06-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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I am probably getting ahead of myself since my first batch just made it into a secondary and the entire process has been a comedy of errors, but I was wondering if anyone incorporates the use of herbs in their beers. I have a degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and I am familiar with 300+ herbs [most of which would probably suck in beer] and I have access to reputable supply companies. I am also aware of the Sacred and Healing Herbal Beers, although I haven't gotten around to purchasing it yet.



I was think of using herbs that might taste good [Gou Qi Zi, Da Zao, Huang Qi], might have beneficial effects [Ren Shen, some of the digestive herbs], or that might have interesting side-effects [Dang Shen (read: Salvia)].


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Old 09-06-2008, 03:33 PM   #2
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Ooh, now I think I want to maybe try some ginseng and make an energy beer! Or Yin Yang Huo for... ya know....

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Old 09-06-2008, 03:53 PM   #3
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Well that's the great thing about homebrewing, you are free to try whatever you want!

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Ooh, now I think I want to maybe try some ginseng and make an energy beer! Or Yin Yang Huo for... ya know....
I do know...and I think it would go over well with pretty much everyone involved [once I could find a way to mask the taste...not a big fan of the flavor].

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Well that's the great thing about homebrewing, you are free to try whatever you want!
My chief concerns are the lag-time and cost of doing experimental batches. Guess I could try a small batch although wouldn't that require smaller-volume equipment?
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My chief concerns are the lag-time and cost of doing experimental batches. Guess I could try a small batch although wouldn't that require smaller-volume equipment?
You can get a case (6pcs) of half-gallon jugs pretty cheap. I use them for experimental batches. Make a 3gal and bust it up ways.
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You can get a case (6pcs) of half-gallon jugs pretty cheap. I use them for experimental batches. Make a 3gal and bust it up ways.

Duly noted.



I did receive my "Sacred Herbal Healing Beers" book and although I am a hippy, I found much of the prose to be a bit too tree-hugger-ish.
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Anyone brew with Chinese herbs?

I don't know any Chinese guys named "Herb"...
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I did receive my "Sacred Herbal Healing Beers" book and although I am a hippy, I found much of the prose to be a bit too tree-hugger-ish.
Yeah, I agree about the tone/prose, and A LOT of those recipes leave something to be desired....I even wonder if some of them are downright dangerous (I doubt it, I'm sure they have all been tested, but still.)

I sure hope no first time brewers use that book as their "bible" on how to make beer...

Anyway, you might find this dead thread of mine interesting...I posted asking for some info on this, and it sunk like a lead balloon...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/bek-...ng-wine-59098/
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Yeah, I agree about the tone/prose, and A LOT of those recipes leave something to be desired....I even wonder if some of them are downright dangerous (I doubt it, I'm sure they have all been tested, but still.)

I sure hope no first time brewers use that book as their "bible" on how to make beer...

Anyway, you might find this dead thread of mine interesting...I posted asking for some info on this, and it sunk like a lead balloon...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/bek-...ng-wine-59098/


Man, I looked at that thread and suddenly I felt like I was back in school trying to remember the ingredients to formula. The ingredient list looks very familiar, and if I get time this weekend, I'll find what it is modified from. It is difficult to tell exactly it is supposed to be without specific dosages, but I'll do my best.
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I think it'd be great to have a recipe around here that uses Chinese herbs. I'd love to make a batch with my Chinese friend Xiaoxia. She'd get a kick out of it hehe.

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