What's in that heather ale? Looks great
Thanks! Heather ale is something I've had a weird obsession with for quite a number years. I think I've made 6 or 7 different variations, but haven't hit exactly what I want yet.
There's a whole bunch of stuff in it. I do use a small amount of hops, so it doesn't rely entirely on heather. If you're interested in a full recipe, just let me know and I'll post it in the Recipes category. But here's a short version. Malts are Golden Promise, Vienna, Crystal 40, and Honey. This particular batch also used tupelo honey as a fermentable and for back sweetening. Hops were EKG and Fuggle, with heather tips (obviously), meadowsweet, and mugwort.
I like the base beer flavor of this batch, but I put a little too much heather in it. I usually make different variations of tea with heather, meadowsweet, etc. to try to gauge amounts, but it doesn't always transfer perfectly to beer and an hour long boil.