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Title: Hemlock
Post by: yeastmaster on July 27, 2010, 01:19:25 AM
Has anyone out there used hemlock in a beer?  If so what are your thoughts and recommendations?

Thanks
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: tygo on July 27, 2010, 01:57:55 AM
So are you brewing up a batch of brew for some "friends" that you don't really like or are you referring to one of the species of Tsuga?   ;)
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: yeastmaster on July 27, 2010, 04:09:39 AM
So are you brewing up a batch of brew for some "friends" that you don't really like or are you referring to one of the species of Tsuga?   ;)

 ;D Just the Tsuga variety....
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: butch on July 27, 2010, 11:12:14 AM
Here in southern maine we are surrounded by them.  I've read that it makes a nice vitamin C charged tea.  Was going to snip a bunch of the spring buds, as you would for any other evergreen adjunct but missed my chance.  Did get into the mountains recently where I found fir and spruce budding.  Filled up a sandwich bag and the resulting ale is bubbling away in primary as I type.  I think you are out of luck until next spring.  Cheers.
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: richardt on July 28, 2010, 03:21:36 PM
"Hemlock" caught my attention.  I remembered that being the poison used to kill Socrates.

Didn't know it also referred to pine trees.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga)
Tsuga = conifer (pine tree); smell of crushed foliage resembles poison hemlock
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conium)
States that Poison Hemlock leaves emit a “rank, unpleasant odor sometimes compared to that of parsnips or mice.”

Yikes! 
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: tmaurer on July 28, 2010, 03:55:15 PM
Hemlock poison   :o

I was planning on doing a Christmas beer using spruce tips if I ever get around to it.
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: EHall on July 28, 2010, 09:26:25 PM
I've only used eye of newt...
Title: Re: Hemlock
Post by: alikocho on July 28, 2010, 09:40:12 PM
I thought you meant the poisonous variety too....

As to the tree, I guess you could use the tips just like spruce.  I've had a really good spruce stout once or twice.