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I got the idea for this beer after reading the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, and the Scottish heather beer Froach. This beer is malty with a pleasing bitterness, and a spicy/fruity floral aroma from the dried heather flowers. It is one of the favorites I rotate on tap at home.
Mash at 153 degrees for 60.mins. Use 1 qt. of water per pound of grain for the mash as this needs to be fairly thick.
1 tsp. Calcium carbonate at start of boil
1 tsp. Irish moss 20 mins.
1 cup Dried heather flowers 15 mins.
1 cup Dried heather flowers 0 mins.
Wyeast 1728 Scottish Strong Ale
Do make a yeast starter.
Special Instructions / Notes:
Put the dried heather flowers in hop bags to contain the very small pieces for a cleaner beer.
Ferment at 65 to 68 degrees.
You can also "dry heather" in secondary with another cup of heather in a hop bag for a more intense heather aroma and flavor.
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