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Old 05-02-2009, 05:50 PM   #11
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How about a nice malty beer. I've never been able to taste hops in a Scottish ale.

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Old 05-03-2009, 09:38 AM   #12
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How about using dried bitter orange traditionally used in wit.

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Old 05-03-2009, 01:34 PM   #13
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How about a nice malty beer. I've never been able to taste hops in a Scottish ale.
Really, this is the way to go. I'd bet dollars to donughts it's not hops she doesn't like but the bitterness.

or pick up a copy of Herbal Healing beers. lots of ideas in that.

also try making an ale with very little bitterness but some hop aroma. You might find she enjoyes it. Although she might be very 'trained' to turn up her nose at any sign of it expecting a very bitter beer to follow the smell.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:54 PM   #14
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the orange peel idea isnt bad, i can jsut make sure to add lots of the white stuff, that will give it a bitter citrus note, add some black pepper and coriander, and BAM i gots a belgian white.

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Beer fairies help me out all the time.They sprinkle the magic stay awake till you pitch the yeast dust,and everything works out great.It's those damn THC gnomes that say NO! You must pass out and F up your beer!
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:24 PM   #15
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First question: Does she drink any kind of beer? Many women do not like bitter foods/beverages of any sort. If she doesn't, how about mead, wine or hard cider? Make what she likes.

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Old 05-03-2009, 05:58 PM   #16
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Austin Homebrew has Heather Tips in 8oz bags. I bought some recently, and plan on making a scottish ale with them. I also go that book Herbal Healing beers there, which I have not read yet. I remember reading about a wild rosemary (not what we use in food) that was used and had some sort of narcotic quality as well. oh yeah, it's Ledum palustre, it may be hard to find....
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http://www.gruitale.com/bot_wildrosemary.htm

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:01 PM   #17
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First question: Does she drink any kind of beer? Many women do not like bitter foods/beverages of any sort. If she doesn't, how about mead, wine or hard cider? Make what she likes.
unfortunately she does like some mailnly bmc's i do have a hard cider in the on the drawingboard as well, i know shell like that
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Gruit's just a fancy old name for beers bittered by stuff other than hops, usually herbs. Historically, some of the substitutes used have been psychotopic or toxic, but certainly not all of them. I recently made a scottish ale that used heather flowers and meadowsweet (an herb) for bittering and it came out great. I'd suggest checking out Randy Mosher's "radical brewing" too.

Of course if the issue is a dislike for bitterness, replacing one bittering agent for another isn't gonna solve the problem, but tinkering can be fun.

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:29 AM   #19
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The Germans used myrtle, aniseed, caraway, rosemary, ash leaves or bitter oak bark before moving to hops.

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