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Old 07-10-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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A common vegetable in Okinawa (and China?) is the bitter melon. If you've been in an asian food store you'd probably recognize this as the wrinkled cucumber thing. And man is it ever bitter. I'm wondering if anyone has ever heard of it being used as an extra bittering agent along with hops in beer. Might be interesting to put together a 1 gallon test batch?

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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Very interesting.. I love cooked bitter melon that my makes with black bean.
I also have use it to cook soup... and yes.. the soup is bitter.
I think it is worth a try for people who looks for bitterness...
Happy Brewing

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Old 08-16-2016, 11:52 PM   #3
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Had the same thought while eating a grilled bitter melon today. It has interesting medicinal properties also, especially antidiabetic. I think I read somewhere that it helps enhance glucose uptake, I wonder if that would have any effect in a wort.

I wonder if you would use the melon or just the pith. Normally, I discard as much of the pith as I can, but if you want bitter.

Reason: Found link of Chinese bitter melon beer

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