hist-brewing: Colonial era brewing recipes

Ramesh sramesh.sramesh at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 13:31:10 PST 2012

Each to their own. You don't drink brews with herbs, I'll brew them and
drink them with friends and family.

On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM, <jch at doctorbeer.com> wrote:

> And I have degrees in Botany and Plant Breeding. The problem is that most
> people aren't as careful as you and I are, and don't properly research
> which plant is which (from a genus species perspective).  They merely go by
> the common name, believing that these are immutable and constant. But the
> plant in England that the English called "alehoof" in the Middle Ages might
> be completely different from what is called "alehoof" here in the U.S.
> today. I believe that this was probably the case with my friend's homebrew
> (misidentification).
> Another problem is the alcohol extraction, which can exacerbate the ill
> effects of some unusual ingredients. I'm also a judge in the BJCP, and I've
> judged many a homebrew competition. Several times I've encountered brews
> with non-standard ingredients (such as valerian) that made the judging
> panel ill.
> A third problem is that some of these plants have active ingredients, and
> the dosing levels have never been worked out. I've done a bit of research
> (including practical research on myself) on common medicinal plants. Based
> on my own experience, I will never, EVER use herbal medicines (again). It's
> just too dangerous.
> I therefore stand by my advice to make old recipes with modern,
> commonly-accepted brewing ingredients.
> Best,
> -- Joyce
> On Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:21:54 -0500, Ramesh <sramesh.sramesh at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I have to disagree with you Joyce. I have brewed many herbs in my
>> brewing, mostly with great success. For instance people love my yarrow
>> beer and mint and ginger beer.
>> Of course if you are brewing with herbs, you have to do your research
>> and know what you are putting in your beer. It doesn't hurt that I
>> studies biochemistry in University.
>> But a blanket statement like "stick with hops" is just wrong.
>> Cheers,
>> Ramesh
>> On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM,  wrote:
>>   Whatever you do, stick with hops.  Don't "hop" your beer with
>> strange
>>   herbs.
>>   I once had a brew made by a friend working from a medieval recipe.
>> She
>>   included "alehoof", or something that she thought was alehoof.  I
>> was
>>   sick as a dog the whole next day.
>>   -- Joyce Hersh

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