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Old 09-27-2013, 04:37 AM   #1
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I just kegged a Black Pomegranate Tea beer on Tuesday and last weekend I brewed a California Kolsch. My wife being the constant antagonist in my life brought up the fact that most of the beers I brew don't follow the reinheitsgebot but I talk bad about breweries that don't and usually won't drink their beer. I told her that as a home brewer I am not selling my beer and like to see what other ingredients have to offer. She said the breweries want the same. (See what I'm up against?) So, my question/discussion topic has to do with commercial breweries following only the reinheitsgebot while home brewers "do their thing" is it a double standard for me?

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:49 AM   #2
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I like to flip the bird at that silly law.

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:49 AM   #3
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Yep. But do whatever floats your boat.

By being in the business of making and selling beer, breweries actually have as much if not more interest in branching out and trying new beers and new flavors than the average homebrewer. The point of their existence is to make money and/or good beer. More beer styles = more people enjoying beer made by their brewery = more money and ensuring the continued existence of the brewery.

YMMV

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:54 AM   #4
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Dumbest law ever.

I get the idea behind it but it severely stunted the growth of style for those under the law.

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Who cares about the Reinheitsgebot? The North Carolina legislature never enacted it AFAIK.

Limiting ingredients to water barley and hops (and yeast) is no basis for determining what good beer is. If it ever was, it certainly isn't in the 21st century. I'm assuming that you're using the Reinheitsgebot as a careless shorthand for the macrobrewers who are putting rice into their beer. But their beers aren't lame because they use adjuncts, they're lame because that's how they're designed, because that's what fits their market.

So quit harping on a 600-year-old law from another continent, and start discussing what you really value in beer, which (I presume) is a commitment to quality, innovation, and craftsmanship.

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Dumbest law ever. I get the idea behind it but it severely stunted the growth of style for those under the law.
Its basis was more politico-economic than pro-good-beer. As I understand it, it was more about stopping brewers from using wheat people needed for bread than "ensuring good beer". This was the 16th century after all.
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I'd have to agree with the Spousal Unit: there's clearly hypocrisy afoot

Perhaps changing the focus from such arcane "laws" as "reinheitsgebot" (which wasn't written for the reasons most think it was) to "anti-adjunct" might maintain the disdain for crap beers while allowing for all sorts of wonderful brews - both home and away...

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Its basis was more politico-economic than pro-good-beer. As I understand it, it was more about stopping brewers from using wheat people needed for bread than "ensuring good beer". This was the 16th century after all.
Yes I realize that, but it was taken way overboard and remained in place for far too long. I am of course saying in hindsight that it was a BS law that only served to hurt what could have been an otherwise great producer of beer and beer styles.

Some may appreciate the traditional styles created under this law, I myself am not a fan of German beers in general.
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I heard somewhere that the Rheinheitsgebot was enacted as a form of "drug law" that prevented people from brewing with alternate bittering agents like yarrow and marsh rosemary that induced psychedelic effects in the consumer. Draw a parallel with the snake oil salesmen pawning off opiates as a cure all for what ails ya in the 1800s. Check out grut if you have a chance.

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For the record, no one follows this law to the letter anymore, as they all charge too much. Moot point, I guess.

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