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  1. frankvw

    Gruit bitterness estimates - are there any?

    I'm about to plunge myself headlong into the dark, mysterious world of brewing some ancient gruit ales. It's been nice knowing y'all. :-) Of course jumping in and finding out is a good way to learn, and I will definitely do that, but while I'm still looking at ingredients and recipes, I'd like...
  2. luis.salas

    An option for heather flowers in gruit?

    Hi, there. I'm exploring the gruit's world, and found a pretty nice recipe that calls for heather flowers. Does anyone knows how could I replace them? How do they taste? I haven’t tried them in my life, so I’m not sure how to replace them. The other ingredients involved are: lavender, SAAZ hops...
  3. E

    Using Spices In Your Homebrew

    If there is one thing homebrewing enthusiasts have learned during the decade-long explosion of craft beer we’ve experienced, it’s that the Reinheitsgebot, aka the historic German Beer Purity law, is a respectable piece of the past, but that beer can be so much more than water, malt, hops, and...
  4. J

    Rise of the Gruit

    Gruit…what is it? Well for those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it represents an entire forgotten past of brewing. For thousands of years humans have been brewing with whatever they could get their hands on. Before the 14th-16th century that included an extremely wide variety of...
  5. dmtaylor

    Gruit = LME!? and nothing to do with herbs!?

    CAUTION: This is NOT a thread about beer with herbs as you probably expect. Beers with herbs are great; I enjoy many of them very much. But, that's NOT necessarily the topic here. If intrigued, read on. If not, you can back out now before you fall down this rabbit hole. -- One beer...
  6. Albionwood

    Oats & Heather Saison

    Brewing this today. Comments welcome! Title: Leann Fraoch Brew Method: All Grain Style Name: Experimental Beer Boil Time: 15 min Batch Size: 20 liters (fermentor volume) Boil Size: 21 liters Boil Gravity: 1.051 Efficiency: 75% (brew house) FERMENTABLES: 2.25 kg - Golden Promise (38.5%) [had to...
  7. B

    Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Mugwort Anti-Imperial Stout

    Grain bill 8 1/2 lbs pale 2-row malt 3/4 lb caramel 120 L malt 1/2 lb chocolate malt 3/4 lb Weyermann Carafa II malt 1/2 lb roasted barley 1/2 lb Weyermann pale wheat malt 1 lb oat flakes Extra sugars 2 lbs wildflower honey 1 c blackstrap molasses for bottling Herbs 1 1/2 oz...