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Old 04-14-2011, 09:40 PM   #21
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Wow what did I start? This is awesome.

So here is my update.

I made the batch last year, but something went wrong. It was horrible, and then I got so caught up with work I forgot to get back on here, partly also because of the complete let down of the beer.

After reading all of this I am excited to give it another try.

My main interest in this started because I am an archaeologist in Las Vegas and I am interested in possible uses of southwestern native plants in beer making. Possible bittering herb could be juniper berries maybe?? Anyhow Thanks for all the info



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Old 04-15-2011, 12:11 AM   #22
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I showed my wife this post and now our weekend mission is to gather mesquite pods. I've been looking for a way to make a style with desert ingredients. Thanks for the post.



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Old 04-15-2011, 12:42 AM   #23
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I showed my wife this post and now our weekend mission is to gather mesquite pods. I've been looking for a way to make a style with desert ingredients. Thanks for the post.

You may not have much luck with the mesquite pods just yet, as it's not quite the right time of year. I think if the pacific NW can have a Cascadian ale, it's only fair we have our own "Sonoran" style as well. A friend of mine wrote an article for Zymurgy magazine about brewing with desert plants that included recipes for a mesquite pale ale and a prickly pear fruit cider. The cider is delicious and has the most amazing hypnotic color. Some other local ingredients good for brewing are agave syrup and our unique local honey varieties, especially if you're into meads.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:16 AM   #24
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It's funny, I spend nearly every day in the desert, see hundreds of Mesquite trees and have no idea when the "season" would be. Sonoran style may be my new mission. Thanks for the info.

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Old 04-15-2011, 07:17 AM   #25
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The season for mesquite is generally in July/August, if I remember correctly. At least, that's when I remember them fruiting at the UofA.

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Mesquites flower twice each year once in the spring and again during the monsoons. The pods are dry and ready the first time starting around June, and again usually around late September. The later season usually seems to be more prolific. Desert Harvesters has some good info about harvesting mesquite, and their annual mesquite flour pancake cookoff in Dunbar Springs is really fun.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:50 PM   #27
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You can bet I'll be paying more attention now. I'm thinking some Mesquite and maybe a pound of local honey. Thanks again for all the info. I'm feeling very motivated to try this.

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Yep, the mesquites are just now putting out their catkins. Check back in late Summer.

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It's gonna be a good year for mesquite pods this year. The hard freeze seems to have shocked the trees into putting on loads and loads of catkins. Gonna keep my eyes open for good spots to pick.

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Are the catkins the fuzzy things on the trees right now?



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