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Old 10-02-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Hello,

We have found out recently that my husband is allergic to hops. I know there are some Old World techniques that do not use hops in the brew, and am wondering if anyone has tried to brew without hops and what the results of this "hopless" beer was?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:50 PM   #2
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I know I'm not contributing much but I have seen other threads on here about brewing with out hops. Also I think flying dog has a non hopped brew they sell. Maybe you could call them up and get a recipe.

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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I think some Norwegian beers are brewed with juniper branches/berries instead of hops.

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I've read online that you can brew with Wormwood. They act as a great bittering hop. I'm assuming without something to balance the maltness you would end up with an overpowering sweetness.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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Look for Gruit recipes. They are traditional beers made without hops.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:22 PM   #6
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Look for Gruit recipes. They are traditional beers made without hops.
I may put up with the potential side effects of all of the drugs shown in commercials combined to be able to consume hops.

What happens to him, sinus and nasal congestion?
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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I may put up with the potential side effects of all of the drugs shown in commercials combined to be able to consume hops.

What happens to him, sinus and nasal congestion?
Uh, projectile vomiting the next day. Along with headache and severe hangover symptoms. It's no good. And we ruled out many things including bad taps by switching to bottles, etc. It's the hops for sure. He can tolerate every other kind of alcohol, and I even gave him a few stout/darker brews and brews with low hops and he had a less profound effect like a slight headache and sinus pressure the next day.
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Look for Gruit recipes. They are traditional beers made without hops.
OOh great suggestion, thank you!
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A micro brewery in Cooperstown, NY by the name of Butternut Brewery is an all malt brewery. Not bad for no hops!

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Uh, projectile vomiting the next day. Along with headache and severe hangover symptoms. It's no good. And we ruled out many things including bad taps by switching to bottles, etc. It's the hops for sure. He can tolerate every other kind of alcohol, and I even gave him a few stout/darker brews and brews with low hops and he had a less profound effect like a slight headache and sinus pressure the next day.
That sounds like a hangover.

Are you sure it's not a yeast or wheat allergy?
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