hist-brewing: Sweet Gale

Wylie A. & Gail D. Smith wyliesmith at isomedia.com
Thu May 7 10:44:13 PDT 1998


Yes, Cindy does list Sweet Gale as toxic, and I would think that it is
somewhat toxic, but what quantities are present in 10 gallons with a 1/4
tsp. of it?

It has more effect on Women's bleeding than anything else from what I hear.

Wormwood is hallucinogenic.


-----Original Message-----
From: Al Korzonas <korz at xnet.com>
To: hist-brewing at pbm.com <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
Date: Thursday, May 07, 1998 9:13 AM
Subject: hist-brewing: Sweet Gale


>According to several herb books and Cindy Renfrow's excellent
>"A Sip Through Time," Sweet Gale is somewhat toxic.  Alas,
>there's a new line of spices being sold to homebrewers via
>homebrew shops (Nature's Garden or Brewer's Garden or something
>like that) and they sell both Sweet Gale and Wormwood (which
>is very toxic, I believe).
>
>My question is, how toxic is toxic?  I'm sure that a few sips
>of beers made with Sweet Gale certainly won't send me to the
>hospital with liver failure, but what about people who are
>making this stuff on a regular basis?
>
>I'm seeing these beers turn up at more frequently at homebrew competitions
>these days... they must be getting popular.
>
>Al.
>
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