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Tobacco/nicotine beer - Has it been done?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sk8man121, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Member

    Location:
    Kentucky
    DFH head won't brew an ingredient unless it's an undiscovered root berry relegated to the tops of trees within a 2 mile radius in the Amazonian rainforest that blooms every fifth leap year. Or hops.
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  2. hinemk76

    hinemk76 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I think I can see where this is going, and I'm just going to take it there. We need to get a Colorado or Washington brewery to brew some beer with weed.
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  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Oh, we've been there before on the forum - just last month in fact, for 5 pages.
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  4. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Member

    Location:
    Maine
    I heard they're pouring an unobtanium porter at this yer's GABF.
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  5. hinemk76

    hinemk76 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Hmm maybe I should search more often. I'm surprised I missed that as I come on everyday. Carry on.
  6. 6packofbas

    6packofbas Member

  7. Danielbt

    Danielbt Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Let's chill on the hysterics. Snuff and chewing tobacco get ingested and you don't die immediately from it.

    Alcohol can also be very toxic and potentially deadly. Depends on the amount ingested. Same with nicotine.

    You could easily brew a batch of beer with a small amount of whole tobacco leaf and get plenty of flavor without a toxic dose of nicotine. Obviously, as it's been done.
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  8. RockAZ

    RockAZ Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    An interesting subject, would like to acquire a bottle of KeTo to see for myself. Dropping a sachet of fragrant cured tobacco leaves in the last minutes of a boil on a porter seems like something I would enjoy. As for the flavoring experiments by the e-cig 'mad scientists', you could use the flavorings without the nicotine introducing after fermentation, they blend those with a glycerin solution containing whatever nicotine level you specify. The internet has places to buy the flavoring alone with no nicotine added to allow you to blend your own recipes. No reason to bring poisons into the beer, as long as the purist in you doesn't mind a bit of modern chemistry.
  9. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I thought Schmaltz Genesis Ale had tobacco flavor the one time I had a sixer. I remember enjoying it quite a bit for that very reason.
  10. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I was researching putting some redman into a batch of homebrew, and from what I read the boiling process would extract the nicotine into a potentially lethal dose. It is probably one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet after all.

    As for brewing up a real "nugget nectar," it has been done with success, and it sounds awesome

    Psilo-saison is also on my to-do list
  11. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I heard it can be leathal if you brew it. So I doubt that any beer has it in there. I orginally wanted to do an Imperal Stout with Tabacco leaves but did some research and people said not to attempt it because steeping it can release way more nicotine than when it's smoked.
  12. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    After smoking cigarettes for 8 years (have been tobacco free for about 1 yr 3 mos.) this is the last thing I would want to see in beer. Disgusting! The smell of tobacco alone is enough to keep me away now...
  13. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I could go for a good Psilo-saison. That's one trip I would like to take ;)
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  14. Kinsman

    Kinsman Member

    Location:
    California
    What about smoking the malt over tobacco leaves? It would avoid the potentially dangerous effects of steeping the leaves and seems like it would get around the US regulation banning tobacco in beer.
  15. fineout

    fineout Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    There is coffee and/or cappuccino flavored tobacco for pipes, hookahs and e-cigs.
  16. TomClem

    TomClem Member

    Location:
    Nebraska
    I'd recommend the OP starts experimenting with a decent stout, pipe tobacco, and a French press. Just like DIY BCBVS.
  17. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Member

    Location:
    California
    There's a simple process to extract the nicotine from tobacco. The extract from just one pack of cigarettes will kill someone. I like beer, but I want it to kill me a bit slower.
  18. namyarb3

    namyarb3 Member

    Location:
    Washington
    I've seen this pop up on the homebrewing website I frequent.
    It'll probably kill ya if you brew with it.
  19. beerexplorer1973

    beerexplorer1973 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    A couple of years ago, O'so (Plover, WI) made their barrel-aged Night Train with tobacco for the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison. It was FANTASTIC. Unfortunately, Mark explained that it is not legal to brew and sell alcohol with nicotine in it (at least in Wisconsin).
  20. mintjellie

    mintjellie Member

    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    It's a climbing plant native to the Amazon. It's berries contain seeds that contain twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee. It's really just another natural source of caffeine.
  21. mintjellie

    mintjellie Member

    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    How do you plan on doing the psilo-saison? Aren't psilocybin and psilocin supposed to be very volatile when heated?

  22. mintjellie

    mintjellie Member

    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    This would add a whole new dimension to alcohol addiction.
  23. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Its Illegal at least in the USA
  24. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota

    Yeah it would be added during the fermentation stage, not the boil. Probably just make a tea and then add it to the batch

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