Q: Most recipes I have seen for Scottish heather ale (Fraoch) call for 1oz of sweet gale but you recommend significantly less. Is the amount added just taste preference? or flameout vs boiling account for difference? (1oz recipes call for between 5-15 minutes boiling). Trying to craft my own heather ale recipe and am struggling.
A: The amount added would differ based on the amount of taste or aromatics you want the gale to put into the batch. An Addition at flameout to let the oils strip as the batch chills, or a short addition in the boil with 5-15 minutes left would both work well.
Q: 2 grams is a small amount ? I've been using dried Myrtle leaf as a substitute for Myrica Gale. I've gotten 1 ounce ( 28 gram ) packages in the past. This I believe this to be true, but by no means is it fact. I'm a confused home brewer, trying to make a gruit, because I'm allergic to hops. Converting weights and measurements incorrectly and then writing the recipes down has gotten a little out of hand. Not to mention that a plant has a thousand different names, hasn't helped matters. My last gruit had 56 grams of Myrtle. I weighed this out on my little scale. My main reference is the book called, Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers. Would you consider Sweet gale the same as Myrica gale ? There are not a lot of references to making gruit, if you know of any, that would be great too.
A: Sweet Gale and Myrica Gale would be used as 1 in the same. 2-10 grams is the most I have found to be included in most Gruit recipes but this is a case by case basis as to what is called for to provide the correct flavor.
Q: Is the price or quantity a misprint? Is it really $1.69 for 2 grams? That seems like a very high price for only 2 grams. Most spices I buy come in the 1 oz packaging. That would make it 28 grams. I just wanna make sure that the amount and price are correct before i bought some.
A: Yes, a 2 gram package of Sweet Gale is $1.69. Typical recipes call for anywhere from .5g to 1g.