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Old 09-27-2013, 02:25 PM   #21
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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.
That may be, but the Germans sure do make some god damn good beer.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #22
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That may be, but the Germans sure do make some god damn good beer.
That is your opinion, I prefer English styles
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:49 PM   #23
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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.
it destroyed lots of unique North German beers because while it was a Bavarian law, it became the law of Germany after it consolidated in the late 19th century.

If anything, the law was a form of protectionism for Bavarian breweries. Not a guarantee of quality.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:54 PM   #24
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A little bit of honey, candi sugar or dextrose never hurt anyone. Remember Germany also came up with things like the holocaust, ballistic missiles and other horrible things like the cooling system, differential and interior on my M3.

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Old 09-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #25
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A little bit of honey, candi sugar or dextrose never hurt anyone. Remember Germany also came up with things like the holocaust, ballistic missiles and other horrible things like the cooling system, differential and interior on my M3.
Maybe you need to take your Belgian car out instead of the BMW today. Wouldn't want people thinking you were German, just because you drive a German car.

As to your argument that dextrose "never hurt anyone", guessing you missed the movie "Children of the Corn". GMO corn hurts everyone except for the MON. Up next - alfalfa.

Personally I used to add sugar, and honey to recipes that called for them. Now my focus is on styles based mostly on barley, water, hops and yeast. Occasionally I will add oats cause that's just plain good in a stout, and of course rye in roggenbier and wheat in wheat beer. And bacon in a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

However, the barrel aged big stout in a freshly dumped whiskey barrel, combined with a little vanilla, was my favorite beer perhaps of all time. Just SOOOOOO goooooood.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:57 PM   #26
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That is your opinion, I prefer English styles
I like English styles as well, don't get me wrong. I wonder how different beer would be today were it not for the Purity Law...
Then again there was **** like Radler...that's not pure! How'd they let that one slide?
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:06 PM   #27
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I'm sorry... you criticize breweries for not following Reinheitsgebot and won't drink their beers?

Complete double standard. Why do I feel like I'm getting trolled?
Yeah, I don't get that at all. Adjuncts have their place. Cream ales are absolutely refreshing on a hot day, most Belgian styles wouldn't be the same without being dried out with sugar, and thick stouts with chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla are awesome.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:44 PM   #28
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I think the "man law" commercials got in his head... No fruit in the beer.

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:55 PM   #29
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I like English styles as well, don't get me wrong. I wonder how different beer would be today were it not for the Purity Law...
Then again there was **** like Radler...that's not pure! How'd they let that one slide?
Radler is a mix of beer and lemonade. So, the beer was brewed under reinheitsgebot law, then mixed at the bar for you like a cocktail.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:59 PM   #30
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I absolutely agree. But at the time, in a pre-industrial society, bread was more important than beer.
BAH! The devil you say. Beer was far more important than bread up until human beings figured out that they couldn't poop in the same water that they drank.

Also, the German Purity law? Bah. Give me a pound of table sugar to dump into my saison any day.
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