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Old 03-11-2011, 05:14 AM   #1
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Default Beer without hops?

One of the benefits of me being the boss is that I brew beers for my team. I take requests and brew up some for our Friday happy hours.
(I am a nice boss... I know )

So one of our employees is allergic to hops (she gets headaches), but she loves beer. I would love to brew something that does not have the hops. What are my options?


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Old 03-11-2011, 05:22 AM   #2
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I've never tried brewing any but there are recipes for pine bittered beers, mugwort bittererd and other more exotic biterring agents. I've had a pine bittered beer and it was VERY good.


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Old 03-11-2011, 05:23 AM   #3
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I've never tried brewing any but there are recipes for pine bittered beers, mugwort bittererd and other more exotic biterring agents. I've had a pine bittered beer and it was VERY good.
+1.... spruce tips are verry good.. they even make an extract but be warned a little goes a long way..
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Check out "Homebrewer's Garden". It's a great book that has a bunch of recipes that you can brew by subbing out the hops. It also has a few recipes that don't involve hops. The book is obviously geared toward those of us who are growing hops, but it also goes into details about other flowers/herbs/spices that can be used to preserve the beer and add a different flavor.

I haven't tried any of them yet...but it's on my list.
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Brew a gruit!

Or try a hop extract; maybe she is intolerant to the vegetal compoments of the hops and not the actual bittering compounds.
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One of the benefits of me being the boss is that I brew beers for my team. I take requests and brew up some for our Friday happy hours.
(I am a nice boss... I know )

So one of our employees is allergic to hops (she gets headaches), but she loves beer. I would love to brew something that does not have the hops. What are my options?
How does she know she's allergic to hops? How can you be allergic to hops and love beer?

Beer is hopped by definition. Most people have never had a beer with no hops (except maybe keystone light). Gruit is what you call a beer which isn't hopped.
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nut bown ale?

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Old 03-11-2011, 07:53 PM   #9
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Scandinavians bittered their beers with juniper berries, I believe, before adding hops became standard.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:01 PM   #10
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Instead of Hops I would use " Endive Extract " .

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