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2013-03-09 09:12:48 AM
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The Botany Beer...?
 
2013-03-09 09:53:33 AM
Maybe boring if a lot of this stuff is old hat to you. But I will say that the bit about Hops reminded me of the bit I sometimes slip into the brewery tour I give. Especially around Halloween.
During the long long ago, in the far away times, brewing was women's work. The job of "'Ale Wife" was on the few occupations a woman could have in the village if she was widowed, a spinster, or otherwise unburdened by a husband.
Well, these women were also the apothocariasts, the herbologists, he midwives, and the healers of the community. In fact, one of the things they would do was to make the groaning ale for an expectant mother. Think of the groaning ale as a medieval epidural. Yes, the beer was strong, and it gestated along with the child. And when the blessed day came, They would crack open the groaning ale, get the mother good and drunk, along with themselves. And of course, being that the beer was often cleaner than the water, the baby would be bathed in the remainder of the beer.

But, in any case, it was the Alewives who discovered that the hops tasted the best, and the beer that was made with hops didn't spoil as easily as the beer that was made with heather, seaweed, gruit, or what have you. And some ale wives would add other herbs like say hensbane. A herb with rather powerful psychotropic properties that would enhance the effects of the alcohol. But had a tendacy to kill the customers if too much was used.. which eventually led to some Bavarian writing some kind of food safety law.
 
2013-03-09 10:44:55 AM

PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 320x240]
The Botany Beer...?


I am not ashamed to say this was the absolute first thing which arrived in my brain upon reading this headline, complete with Koenig's voice.

Well done!
 
2013-03-09 10:58:57 AM

Ennuipoet: PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 320x240]
The Botany Beer...?

I am not ashamed to say this was the absolute first thing which arrived in my brain upon reading this headline, complete with Koenig's voice.

Well done!


If it makes you feel even better, Subby wanted to work "Botany beer... Botany beer! OH NO!" into the headline somehow, but couldn't pull it off.
 
2013-03-09 12:17:23 PM
FTFA: "The flavor of hops comes from the waxy substance lupulin, which are golden globules on the stem, or strig, which is what holds the leafy parts of the cone together. The globules, or glands, contain hard and soft resins and oils. The soft resins include acids that contribute to bitterness. The oils add flavor and aroma. "

Hmmm, these lupulin structures sound similar to the cannabis trichome structures. I wonder if there is some product made from them, analogous to hashish, for the real hop heads.

(PS. someone needs to fix the Wikipedia hops article because it doesn't mention lupulin or structures)
 
2013-03-09 12:20:23 PM

HairBolus: FTFA: "The flavor of hops comes from the waxy substance lupulin, which are golden globules on the stem, or strig, which is what holds the leafy parts of the cone together. The globules, or glands, contain hard and soft resins and oils. The soft resins include acids that contribute to bitterness. The oils add flavor and aroma. "

Hmmm, these lupulin structures sound similar to the cannabis trichome structures. I wonder if there is some product made from them, analogous to hashish, for the real hop heads.

(PS. someone needs to fix the Wikipedia hops article because it doesn't mention lupulin or structures)


They are botanical cousins
 
2013-03-09 01:14:45 PM

PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 320x240]
The Botany Beer...?


Days like this I love Fark.
 
2013-03-09 01:24:47 PM
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2013-03-09 01:25:02 PM

Cerebral Knievel: They are botanical cousins


Wikipedia says that Cannabis and Humulus (hops) are the most closely related under the urticalean rosids.

I've heard of marijuana beer

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I wonder how long before people start breeding strains as just beer flavorings with reduced psychoactive properties. Or maybe there is some way to separate out the THC like compounds from the flavoring compounds.
 
2013-03-09 01:40:57 PM
FTA "The parts of the hops plant that are used in brewing beer are the pine-cone looking flowers, or strobiles, of the female plants of Humulus lupulus. They play a big role for their relatively small size, adding aroma, flavor, and bitterness that counterbalances the sweetness of the malt."

I wouldn't call it "flavor"

Poison, maybe.
 
2013-03-09 01:46:07 PM

HairBolus: Cerebral Knievel: They are botanical cousins

Wikipedia says that Cannabis and Humulus (hops) are the most closely related under the urticalean rosids.

I've heard of marijuana beer


Soon to be sold in Colorado and Washington?.
 
2013-03-09 02:57:10 PM

HairBolus: Cerebral Knievel: They are botanical cousins

Wikipedia says that Cannabis and Humulus (hops) are the most closely related under the urticalean rosids.

I've heard of marijuana beer



I wonder how long before people start breeding strains as just beer flavorings with reduced psychoactive properties. Or maybe there is some way to separate out the THC like compounds from the flavoring compounds.


If you add it to the boil like a regular hop, the "active compounds" wont transfer very well to the final product as there isn't really anything in there for them to bind to.

However..... if one were to dry hop with it, the THC is alcohol soluble.

Hemp beer is usually made with an addition of malted hemp seeds added to the grain bill.

Its.... actually my business to know such things.. not that ive ever put this information to practical use.

As far as you know.
 
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