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Old 07-20-2005, 09:15 PM   #1
Toilet Rocker
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I am a big fan of the few varieties of European Absinthe I have tried (ie, Czech, Spanish) which contain the USDA banned ingredient Wormwood. I recently saw this ingredient at a local HBS. It has a warning on it that it should not be ingested as the USDA considers it a toxin (due to the Thujone presence). Has anyone tried or heard of someone who has tried brewing with it? I am curious as to what kind of style this ingredient would work best in. I have no idea what flavor it carries as I've not tasted wormwood-free absinthe.
I need to find time to brew more often.

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Old 07-20-2005, 11:02 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what it tastes like alone. You could make your own absinth, though. Just drop the wormwood into a bottle of jaegermeister and let it stay there. Theoretically, the thujone content will increase over time. Personally, I never noticed any effects (other than drunkenness) from absinth.
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