hist-brewing: about marsh rosemary--
fabricus at hvi.net
Wed Jul 16 18:05:23 PDT 2003
Marsh rosemary is native to the far north, from the tundra/taiga
country south. It probably doesn't need amazingly cold winters though; the
short stature is a means of hiding under the snow from the worst of the
cold. The Siskiyou nursery folks seem to have no problem growing it in
southern Oregon. I would think that if you get a month of cold weaving up
and down through the freezing mark it will do ok.
I have used Labrador tea as a substitute for marsh rosemary in making
some gruits. It adds a pleasant drying tannic quality from boil additions
(along the lines of black tea or raspberry leaf), and a pine
needle-herbal-fruity aroma from late additions. If it's the drug effects
you're asking about, I haven't noticed any, although I havn't tried
optimizing that. The drug properties are reputed to be enhanced by a long
boil, and I have a hard time forgoing the aromatics that get boiled
off. Tannins have a bad rap in modern brewing, but they can be used to
ballance the malt seeetness like bitterness.
My marsh rosemary will probably be a few years getting established
enough to sustain harvesting.
>From: "Paloma Hill" <peeweenation at myfastmail.com>
>To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
>Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 00:40:06 -0800
>Subject: hist-brewing: Re: growing marsh rosemary
>Steve - you seem very knowledgeable about this - and willing to do the
>work to make a go. Two questions:
>1) what climates/zones do you believe marsh rosemary requires?
>2) have you (or anyone else) brewed with labrador tea &/or marsh rosemary
>(decumbens)? If so, what differences do you see?
>opps - that's 3 questions!
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