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Old 02-06-2007, 06:07 PM   #21
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- no artificial CO2 for carbonation of the beer.

Meaning, not from a bottle of CO2?
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:44 PM   #22
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- no artificial CO2 for carbonation of the beer.

Meaning, not from a bottle of CO2?
yes. Only fermentation CO2 is allowed. Larger German breweries will actually collect their fermentation CO2. Because of 2 reasons, RHG compliance and cost.

But this is arguably the most debatable part of the RHG among home brewers.

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Old 02-06-2007, 07:06 PM   #23
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I'm a total brewing atheist (though Catholic otherwise). I've used some sort of spice (paradise seeds, bitter and sweet orange peel, sweet gale, etc.), Belgian candy sugar and/or honey in all 27 batches I've made to date.

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Old 02-06-2007, 11:01 PM   #24
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Well of course it depends on the type of beer I'm making. If I'm brewing a big Belgian, then it is impossible to follow the RHG. If I am making a Bock or Marzen, well then it is impossible NOT to follow RHG if I want to be true to style.

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Old 02-06-2007, 11:40 PM   #25
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I don't follow it at ALL. I've added honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, hazelnut syrup, blackberry extract, various spices, orange peels, molasses, raspberries, and peanut butter. It's a free for all!

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Old 02-06-2007, 11:41 PM   #26
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My policy: beer should be primarily water, yeast, barley malt and hops. Now, do I adhere to this religiously? No. I do use corn sugar for priming most of the time and I use Irish Moss (assuming I don't forget to put it in).

Do I have anything against those who wish to make pumpkin ales, or spiced beer or whatnot? No, not at all. I just feel that it is possible to make so many different varieties of beer using those four simple ingredients, that there is really no reason in my lifetime to add anything else.

Oh, and did I mention that I don't like wheat beers? I don't know why, but I just haven't ever like them much.

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Old 02-06-2007, 11:45 PM   #27
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Nope, I force carbonate, use isinglass, and adjuncts occasionally.

The way I see it is the RHG is to stop the German brewers from going down a slippery slope. If you allow forced carbonation, then why not allow diluting a high gravity beer with carbonated water to save on brewing space. Then why not allow cheap adjuncts, etc. I don't see why it applies to the homebrewer, where half the fun is messing around with ingredients. It's the same thing with CAMRA, here. I can see the point, but I just don't buy into it as a homebrewer.

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Old 02-07-2007, 12:03 AM   #28
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then why not allow diluting a high gravity beer with carbonated water to save on brewing space.
high gravity brewing is actually not a violation of the RHG and the taxation, which is done based on the original extract is done based on the OE that would have been necessary to brew the resulting beer. But it is not commonly practiced in Germany since it results in a less clean beer.

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Old 02-07-2007, 12:07 AM   #29
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I'm a big fan of Belgians, so I'll say I'm a fair-weather fan. I try to keep my beers to the basics, but every now and then a little orange peel and coriander make a beer great.

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Old 02-07-2007, 12:11 AM   #30
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I abide by this rule if it falls into two categories: Brewing a German Style beer, or brewing for Germans.

I take my Bavarian heritage with pride, but sometimes there are some damn good beers made with some additions.

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