Anyone used heather tips in a beer in place of hops? I'm wanting to try my hand at a version of a pictish ale. Of course, there are no real recipes out there beyond approximate speculation, but I figure it was about time I give it a try. The consensus that I'm seeing says that heather tips should be used sparingly, but there's not much beyond that. Define sparingly. Also, I've been toying with using some peated malt. How much is too much? I'm not new to being inventive or creative with recipes, but I've never used either one of these ingredients. This would be for a 5.5gal batch.
Bottled - Swamp Water Mead
Kegged - Ryerish Red
Fermenting - Plinius Maior
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