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Old 11-16-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
Nov 2011
Anchorage, Alaska
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Does anyone have a list, or could we create one, of the herbs that can be used in beer as a substitute for the preservative qualities of hops? And how they are utilized to best access these properties.

So far I know Yarrow has all of the antimicrobial/antiseptic qualities of hops, and that you boil the leaves in much the same way, but I was hoping there would be others as well.

Some of the herbs I'm already planning on using in my upcoming experiments in Gruit: Licorice, Spruce tips, Ginger, Anise, and in at least one I will be using Yarrow

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Old 10-03-2014, 06:30 PM   #2
Jul 2012
Miami, Florida
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Best and first stop would be for recipes and bits to get ready for on 1 February.

Some great links would be this Herb and Recipe List:

Gruit history:

WSJ Review on some fantastic gruits and their builds:

And why not a bit from the Mad Fermentationalist:

Beer. Like everything else in life, if you like it cheap, fast and something pleasing to everyone, you'll end up considered cheap, fast and a joke to everyone that really cares. Don't be a life-slut, drink good beer. -MW

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