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Old 05-02-2009, 03:13 AM   #1
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hey all, quick question, ive been trying to come up with an alternative to hops as a bittering agent. My wife absolutely dispises all things hoppy, and i want to try a beer with absolutley no hops in it.

i know hops is a recent ingredient in beer, so what did they use before it?

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Old 05-02-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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Do a search for Gruit.

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Old 05-02-2009, 03:21 AM   #3
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Buddy of mine did an herbal beer a while back using Yarrow flower instead of hops. I think Papazian has a recipe in Homebrewing Companion. I know you can find Yarrow in any herbal remedy section, though I don't know about the quality.

Another option is Spruce- I've had a beer "hopped" with spruce tips (as well as the Snow Cap winter seasonal from Pyramid breweries, and those were both outstanding.

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ummmmm, i dont think i wanna use gruit, heres what wikipedia has to say

Gruit was a combination of herbs, some of the most common being mildly to moderately narcotic: sweet gale (Myrica gale), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), heather (Calluna vulgaris) and Labrador Tea (Rhododendron tomentosum, formerly known as Ledum palustre).

or maybee i do....

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i seem to recall that dandelion greens are quite bitter, maybee ill try that.

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you cold borrow my ex shes pretty bitter

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you cold borrow my ex shes pretty bitter
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You may just try making a maltier brew. My wife dislikes bitter/hoppy beers as well, but she loves things like Stella.
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dark roasted grains, maybe?

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I've just had a beer from Otter Creek called Sphinx. The bottle says it is based on an Egyptian recipe.. Has honey & chamomile and some other stuff. I think they over did the honey a bit in this particular beer, but I do recall seeing a few things about ancient Egyptian brews, so maybe search for one of those recipes?

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Tis the season for fresh spruce tips. I've never tried it. Don't over do it unless you like pine tar beer.

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