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feedthebear 06-26-2007 04:57 AM

sacred and herbal healing beers
 
I ordered it from barns and noble because I'm interested in messing around with various flavors in beers. I also got it because I want to try brewing a Scottish Ale with horehound as the bittering agent.

I had the book for all but 5 minutes before I felt like sending it back. Half of the recipes aren't beer recipes. They are hooch recipes with herbs. Any asshole can put 2 lbs of sugar in 1 gallon of water with some herbs, add yeast, and wait.

That doesn't make it beer and it doesn't make it good

:(

Chairman Cheyco 06-26-2007 05:20 AM

Thanks for the review, I was thinking of getting that one. It's off the list now.

FlyingHorse 06-26-2007 06:19 AM

Couldn't you adapt the "sugar-water" parts of the recipes to something more beer-like, and use some of the flavoring/bittering ideas?

Denny's Evil Concoctions 06-26-2007 07:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Bike N Brew
Couldn't you adapt the "sugar-water" parts of the recipes to something more beer-like, and use some of the flavoring/bittering ideas?


yeah, that's what I would do. Still, the authors could have taken a few minutes and done that for you!

Ryanh1801 06-26-2007 07:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bike N Brew
Couldn't you adapt the "sugar-water" parts of the recipes to something more beer-like, and use some of the flavoring/bittering ideas?

Not sure I would trust someone that made hooch for flavoring ideas. Might just be me.:confused:

Yooper 06-26-2007 06:45 PM

Thanks for saving me the money I would have spent on this!

By the way, do you have Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing? The last 1/2 of the book has some well, radical recipes. I got it as a gift, and if you're looking for something like it, it might be just what you want.

Evan! 06-26-2007 06:49 PM

Is that by the same mf'n hippies who invented Cherokee Hair Tampons?

Pedro- 06-26-2007 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evan!
Is that by the same mf'n hippies who invented Cherokee Hair Tampons?

let me guess, they're reusable... :rolleyes:

Denny's Evil Concoctions 06-26-2007 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by drouillp
let me guess, they're reusable... :rolleyes:


I'm going to be sick now.

david_42 06-27-2007 02:27 AM

Many of the recipes in that book are only 'beer' by tradition and being too low an ABV to be called wine. (Like birch or maple beers) The hooches really should be made with honey and more rightly are herbal meads or melomels. I've recommended it to people looking for herbal beverages.

"Sacred and Herbal Hooch" just wouldn't sell as well, except on campus.

And besides, how many recipes have you made out of your favorite cookbook?


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