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Old 10-20-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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Default KAVA has anyone heard of this hawaii root?

Has anyone ever brewed with KAVA??? Just curious
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:01 AM   #2
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I can't say many people would be willing to brew with something that can cause hepatic toxicity.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:02 AM   #3
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Never thought of it. Kava is a drink made from the root of the Awa plant.
Here is a link w/some information.

http://www.canoeplants.com/awa.html
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Kava Kava is tahitian its used in Holistic medicine for its calming effects on the brain
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:42 AM   #5
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Had it before as the traditional drink but never thought about brewing with it.

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Old 10-20-2011, 02:45 AM   #6
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I'm just curious. Never heard about it being bad for you though
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:03 AM   #7
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I found this quickly, but it's an accessible read for a non-scientist.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0222111446.htm
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:08 AM   #8
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I have drank it before, you don't want that **** in your beer.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:33 AM   #9
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I've thought about it. The traditional way to make the drink is to soak the root in cold water and the drink does not taste very good.

I'm not sure how to use it in beer. Adding it to the boil like a spice would seem to make sense but I'm hesitant to add it to the boil b/c the traditional way to make the kava drink doesn't involve cooking, just letting it steep in cold water.

I think the way that I will eventually try it will be to add a small amount to a finished beer. I'll pour a dark beer over some roots, let it soak for a bit, fish the roots out and give it a try.

The effects of drinking kava are...well...meh. But I do want to try it in beer.
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There used to be a kava bar in town and before they served it to you they asked if you had alcohol in the last 6 hours. If you had, they wouldn't serve you.

Kava causes a gaseous reaction in your stomach if you have had alcohol prior to drinking it causing you to vomit.

I personally have never tried but those that have, said it tasted like mud.

I don't know what would happen if you tried to brew with it.
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