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(Gizmodo)   Beer made from kudzu? M-m-m, sounds delicious   (gizmodo.com) divider line 40
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2014-03-31 07:42:48 PM  
With, not from.
 
2014-03-31 07:47:16 PM  
And you better drink it fast or you'll end up with more of it.
 
2014-03-31 08:08:38 PM  
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2014-03-31 08:10:16 PM  
i'd get a taster before i got a pint and a pint before i bought a six pack and a six pack before i bought a case.

I appreciate the attempts to be different but i am finding that beer has its limitations in regards to ingredients.
 
2014-03-31 08:12:34 PM  
Making alcohol from everything is pretty much human nature. I'd give it a try.
 
2014-03-31 08:13:24 PM  
I dunno, sounds vine to me. Wonder if it hits you quick, or creepers up on you.
 
2014-03-31 08:18:51 PM  
Foraged beer trend?

 Howaboutno.jpg

/maybe you could make a decent liquor out of kudzu
//maybe
 
2014-03-31 08:22:46 PM  
Eradicationem per ebrietatem !!!
 
2014-03-31 08:23:08 PM  
I recall reading multiple stories years back about how kudzu supposedly contained a compound that scientists were researching as a possible treatment for alcoholism. I guess we know how those studies turned out.
 
2014-03-31 08:23:48 PM  
It makes for delicious sweets. Never thought about booze, though. I'll have to look.
 
2014-03-31 08:23:55 PM  

CruJones: Foraged beer trend?

 Howaboutno.jpg

/maybe you could make a decent liquor out of kudzu
//maybe


I think it's a secret plot by farmers. They want people to harvest all the kudzu for drinking, because they can't find any other way to get rid of it. That stuff's damned pernicious.
 
2014-03-31 08:32:21 PM  

untaken_name: CruJones: Foraged beer trend?

 Howaboutno.jpg

/maybe you could make a decent liquor out of kudzu
//maybe

I think it's a secret plot by farmers. They want people to harvest all the kudzu for drinking, because they can't find any other way to get rid of it. That stuff's damned pernicious.


Some city and state governments in the south would like to get rid of it, too. They spend a fortune paying people to clear it away from the roads.
 
2014-03-31 08:33:08 PM  
You can really taste the kale kudzu
 
2014-03-31 08:34:45 PM  
Well I would never make a beer out of comics, but to each his own.
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2014-03-31 08:35:21 PM  

zamboni: And you better drink it fast or you'll end up with more of it.


That, sadly, is a problem I have never encountered...
 
2014-03-31 08:37:22 PM  
I hear it grows on you...
 
2014-03-31 08:38:34 PM  
The South will rise again, stumble, retch, fall flat on its face, passed out.
 
2014-03-31 08:40:06 PM  

MrHappyRotter: I recall reading multiple stories years back about how kudzu supposedly contained a compound that scientists were researching as a possible treatment for alcoholism. I guess we know how those studies turned out.


It does. In the starchy root.

The flowers are a hangover cure however, and have a synthetic grape like flavor, similar to grape bubble gum.
 
2014-03-31 08:40:41 PM  
so many beers already....i am not someone to try a different beer when there are so many that I already love.

for example, if a friend told me it was awesome (to him or her), i might try it.

but if it wasn't as good as say, pliney the younger, or something like that, and i could have had the pliney instead, i'd be pissed off.

one of my friends has a periodic beer tasting so we all get random stuff or limited releases and share.
once in a while we do run across something to buy when available, after all, you can't get the younger very often around here.
 
2014-03-31 08:54:33 PM  
It'll destroy all your lands.

gatherer.wizards.com
 
2014-03-31 09:04:29 PM  
I think I'd like it if the stuff caught on. Round here, every time someone finds something good in the wilds, everybody piles in after it and don't stop until you can't find anymore of it.

I keep telling them to start killing the darn Boa Constrictors and hacking them up for BBQ because once it catches on with the swamp folk, everyone else will demand it and the snake problem will be solved -- unless they make too much money off it, then they'll start farming the darn things.

There's some lakes up north where fishermen used Crawfish for bait, and some escaped, naturally or they just dumped what was left over the side. Well, in a few years, the fish all but vanished because the Crawfish, minus natural predators, multiplied like crazy and ate most of their food.

So the locals started trapping them to clear the lake -- and discovered that Crawfish are tasty and turn a good profit. So, now they're not worried about restoring the fish in the lakes, but maintaining the Crawfish population so they can make bucks.
 
2014-03-31 09:10:08 PM  
Always wondered if it could be made into bio-diesel.
 
2014-03-31 09:14:11 PM  
Beer with Kudzu? What's the worst that can happen?

www.cineoutsider.com
 
2014-03-31 09:28:27 PM  
I'm holding out for Jenkem beer.
 
2014-03-31 09:38:28 PM  

MrHappyRotter: I recall reading multiple stories years back about how kudzu supposedly contained a compound that scientists were researching as a possible treatment for alcoholism. I guess we know how those studies turned out.


Probably makes you want to stop drinking when you have kudzu beer so perhaps it is true.
 
2014-03-31 09:53:41 PM  
Sudzu?
 
2014-03-31 10:01:05 PM  
Beer used to be made with all kinds of herbs before the Germans got stuck up about it and said hops were the one true beer.  Lots of interesting things you can flavor a beer with.  I like cloves and figs.  Mind you, a little clove goes a long way, I suggest about 1 clove per gallon.
 
2014-03-31 10:31:13 PM  
...also known as Budweiser?
 
2014-03-31 10:34:30 PM  
I hear it grows on you.
 
2014-03-31 10:42:43 PM  

LonMead: I hear it grows on you.


You're thinking of Athlete's Foot fungus.
 
2014-03-31 10:47:39 PM  
People expect beer to taste good? Huh.

/liquor man
 
2014-03-31 10:54:32 PM  
I don't make beer, just because hard cider / apfelwein is so much easier and I'm lazy, but I made a cyser that I flavored with fresh-picked orange blossoms from my family's groves. Really, really good.

If the kudzu flowers taste like grape, as said upthread, that sounds like a good ingredient to me, and a good use for a vile weed. My concern with this "foraging for food/ brewing ingredients" trend, though, is that, sooner or later, you know some idiot is going to pick and ingest something poisonous, hopefully without brewing up a batch of hooch to poison his buddies as well. When the article mentioned the candy cap mushrooms, I shuddered. Amanita ale, anyone? Galerina gose?

Foraging is great fun, but it's a hobby that demands some study and responsibility. Especially if you are going to be sharing what you find.
 
2014-03-31 11:04:02 PM  
Hey, you know what, just go ahead and brew yourself a batch with that Himalayan goat piss you have been saving from that last trip.  Nobody needs to know.  You don't have to gradually get people into other strange ingredients to have a big batch of your brew all to yourself in the confines of your own home.  Sure, you think if you keep pushing the organic ingredients used in your craft beers you can eventually get to the point you've been waiting for, raw feces in brewing container, and have everyone applaud as you walk down the red carpet and accept your award for boldest lager innovation, it's not going to get here.  So go ahead and pull out that leather skin pouch full of Himalayan goat piss and make the batch you always wanted!  YOLO!
 
2014-03-31 11:05:48 PM  

bonkmeist: MrHappyRotter: I recall reading multiple stories years back about how kudzu supposedly contained a compound that scientists were researching as a possible treatment for alcoholism. I guess we know how those studies turned out.

It does. In the starchy root.


Yup https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu#Medicine

The flowers are a hangover cure however, and have a synthetic grape like flavor, similar to grape bubble gum.

Nasty. Do not want in that case.
 
2014-03-31 11:11:55 PM  
Kudzu is high in estrogens (make you a lady chemicals). But the yeast breaks down phytoestrogens (make you a lady chemicals that come from plants), so drink away.

Safe in the knowledge that this is the only kudzu food that won't make your dingdong shrink into your hooha region.
 
2014-03-31 11:32:12 PM  

amyldoanitrite: I don't make beer, just because hard cider / apfelwein is so much easier and I'm lazy, but I made a cyser that I flavored with fresh-picked orange blossoms from my family's groves. Really, really good.

If the kudzu flowers taste like grape, as said upthread, that sounds like a good ingredient to me, and a good use for a vile weed. My concern with this "foraging for food/ brewing ingredients" trend, though, is that, sooner or later, you know some idiot is going to pick and ingest something poisonous, hopefully without brewing up a batch of hooch to poison his buddies as well. When the article mentioned the candy cap mushrooms, I shuddered. Amanita ale, anyone? Galerina gose?

Foraging is great fun, but it's a hobby that demands some study and responsibility. Especially if you are going to be sharing what you find.


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/agrees
 
2014-03-31 11:37:24 PM  
Not in the reinheitsgebot; do not want.
 
2014-03-31 11:55:08 PM  
I've long wondered how kudzu would behave on my family's land in central Texas. It's extremely rocky hills with thin layers of very alkaline clay soil, with kaliche subsoil. Very drought-prone area, and water will run off before it soaks in. Also usually gets at least two hard freezes a year. So, radically different from The South where kudzu is taking over. My family has always had cows, but the land doesn't really support them (for those that have a grasp of rangeland management, 20 to 30 head rotation-grazed on three 300acre pastures, rotated on a 9 month schedule, have always needed supplemental feed.) We keep the cows to maintain the ag tax exemption, but for about ten years we also raised goats. They did well eating the cedar trees that blanket our place, but we didn't have fences sufficient for them, so it didn't work out. Now goats are more browsers than grazers, and they supposedly do well on kudzu, the question is would kudzu behave itself better with an area a little more harsh on it? I'd love to put better fences up and get back into goats. It would certainly be an interesting experiment. With all the negativity around kudzu nowadays, the neighbors would probably form a lynching mob the moment they found out. The way Austin keeps expanding, suburbia will likely reach us within another 10-15 years anyway, and developers then will swallow up land that's been passed down for generations, since back when Texas was its own country. Maybe I should get the kudzu started now, to have a right proper mess by the time the land buyers come knocking.
 
2014-04-01 12:20:14 AM  
This has all the making of the Official Beer of the State of Alabama. Birmingham is absolutely covered in Kudzu and has the brewery to make something of it.
 
2014-04-01 08:59:47 AM  

fusillade762: With, not from.


With, not from, Asian carp?
 
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