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Hemlock
« on: July 26, 2010, 06:19:25 PM »
Has anyone out there used hemlock in a beer?  If so what are your thoughts and recommendations?

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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 06:57:55 PM »
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?   ;)
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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 09:09:39 PM »
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....

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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 04:12:14 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.

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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 08:21:36 AM »
"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
Tsuga = conifer (pine tree); smell of crushed foliage resembles poison hemlock
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! 

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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 08:55:15 AM »
Hemlock poison   :o

I was planning on doing a Christmas beer using spruce tips if I ever get around to it.

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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 02:26:25 PM »
I've only used eye of newt...
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Re: Hemlock
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 02:40:12 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.
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