hist-brewing: hop droop
Richard at WowMe.com
Mon Dec 6 22:16:17 PST 1999
Actually the greater issue, as I understand it, is the direct contact with hops to the picker and the brewer. Being the brewer, well...
As far as drinking it, I can give you some extremely amateurish and un-scientific data. When I started brewing with a drastically reduced number of hops [back before I was paranoid ;) ] I got a lot of comments about how people "felt" when they drank my beer. A lot of people came right out and said something along the lines of, "Generally, I get a little drowsy when I drink beer, but this stuff makes you happy and talkative an I almost feel like I have more energy." This wasn't just one person, this was a number of people. Most of them, granted were women, but for me, this is all the proof I require as these statements were not precluded by any comments from me on hops, etc.. For others this just simply is not satisfying proof. I understand and respect that. If they had the same thing happen to them, it would seem to them like a sledgehammer knocking on the door. We all have our "proof barrier". For a lot of us, personal experience generally breaks that barrier. For others scientific numbers are required. For others still, both is necessary. I like to have both, but I temper someone's studies with my own life experiences. Since I had no beef against hops before these comments were made and only made a low hop beer as an experiment, and it resulted in the comments it did, I was inclined to believe the data that suggested hosp caused drowsiness.
----- Original Message -----
From: <isenhour at uiuc.edu>
> > > you all noticed I used the word MAY!) cause drowsiness and impotence, so
> > > it is believed this fit the protestant agenda of the time, whereas gruit
> I have also found a lot of studies that indicate that hops do contain
> estrogenic compounds, so do soybeans and a LOT of other foods and
> plastic drinking containers. I have found a study that measured the
> amount of hop estrogenic material in final beer and their conclusion
> was there was such a miniscule amount as to be harmless. The study that
> looked at soybeans showed that significantly more estrogenics get into
> your system from ingestion of soy (like tofu). I can imagine
> consuming 1/4 pound of tofu in a meal, but that is an unimaginable
> amount of hops to consume directly.
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