I chewed hops to quit smoking cigs!!!
I love hops as much as the next guy (and probably more), but that just seems like a horrible idea. Raw hops are face-meltingly bitter. I tried dipping a few Hallertau pellets once and didn’t last a minute. My taste buds were shot for the night.
Tobacco is an acquired taste as well. I can remember trying to inhale...OMG...I can remember trying to
not expectorate tobacco juice...OMG... Yeah it took some doing but they were hop flowers and I
started with a low AA level variety then went up to as high as 9% AA. Tried Simcoe...yeck.
My favorite was sterling. What they did, was stimulate the same pleasure centers that tobacco
did in my mouth. There was NO lingering/returning craving for another dip of hops....non addictive.