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Old 10-25-2013, 04:18 AM   #11
Aug 2012
San Francisco, CA
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There's a small local commercial brewer here in SF that does a stout bittered with redwood tips (Moonlight's Working for Tips, if you're curious). Tastes well within the bounds of normal beer to me, I get one every time I see it on somewhere, although SWMBO can't stand the stuff. So, sure, it can be done (and small pieces of conifers are a way to do it), although your results may vary.

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Old 10-25-2013, 05:41 AM   #12
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Aug 2013
Wuhan, China
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I would second the idea of tea. It's a lot easier to source than most of those other herbs, and you could try different teas for different beer styles just like brewers do with hops. I'm a few brews (and probably a bigger fermentation chamber) shy of having the knowledge to try something like that, but living and brewing in China, I'm planning on trying some tea beers in the future.

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Old 10-25-2013, 05:55 AM   #13
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All great posts here. Only thing I would add is that it is pretty important to find out WHY he is allergic to hops. If you are substituting in an herb with the same component....

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