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Weed beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by crusian, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. crusian

    crusian Advocate (640) Oregon May 14, 2010

    So, now that weed is legal in two states, when is a brewery going to release a weed beer? hops and buds.
  2. I doubt any alcohol regulatory agency would allow it.
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  3. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,165) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Verified

  4. crusian

    crusian Advocate (640) Oregon May 14, 2010

    why not, caffeine is in some beer... and it would be just another legal ingredient.
  5. LMT

    LMT Savant (365) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    I'd look forward to a Ganjanator doppel bock.
  6. canadianghetto

    canadianghetto Advocate (520) Texas Oct 15, 2011 Verified

    Now that would be some illegal trades if this ever came to exist.
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  7. beerborn

    beerborn Savant (345) Georgia Jan 22, 2012

    Well its still illegal under federal law, which also "regulates" the minimum drinking age...so my guess is never, until it becomes federal legal to use cannabis. However I'm sure someone is going to make the argument hops and marijuana are related so its already happened. Just my opinion thats all
  8. emannths

    emannths Savant (435) Massachusetts Sep 21, 2007

    Uinta discussed the hoops they had to jump through to make beer with hemp on this podcast. Beerandraiderfan is right--since the TTB is federal, it's not going to happen.
  9. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Savant (305) California Jul 12, 2012

    hm... how does thc interact with alcohol? i mean in a bottle or keg...rather than your bodies
  10. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,355) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    Washington's weed law, which goes into effect tomorrow, allows up to an ounce for personal use. It does not allow public use. So, even if a brewery could get through the regulatory hoops to make one, you could only drink it at home.
  11. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Caffeine is a bad argument, it is probably one of the most scrutinized ingredients in beverages. You can add other ingredients that contain caffeine but adding straight caffeine does not fly often.

    THC is not water-soluble, beer is a bad match.
  12. heyduke

    heyduke Aficionado (205) Colorado Jan 14, 2011 Verified

    Isn't nectar humbolt brown brewed with hemp?
  13. Maybe Boulder will take advantage.

    Also, I don't expect this thread to last.
  14. Someone could dry-hop a cask beer and only offer it on premise in a state that it's legal...
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  15. I heard that colorado breweries were experimenting with the idea earlier this year. I doubt you'd get high from it since thc is fat soluble.
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  16. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Savant (305) California Jul 12, 2012

    well, there we have it.
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  17. mcc1654

    mcc1654 Savant (380) Illinois Mar 20, 2011

    Post fermentation the alcohol will extract THC. It works don't ask me how I know.
  18. Whimpers

    Whimpers Advocate (620) New York Dec 17, 2010

    I know it's a bit off topic, but those laws in Colorado in Washington have managed to get to the point where they are actually being implemented? I guess I was kind of skeptical that would actually happen.
  19. crusian

    crusian Advocate (640) Oregon May 14, 2010

    Colorado is tomorrow I think.
  20. Over 250 court cases for possession already canceled in CO
  21. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    I still wager that the amount of alcohol in a beer would make for poor extractors. I would also wager you would also extract a fair share of vegetal flavors which may not be all the enjoyable.
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  22. Another question would be if the specific "weed beer" would be allowed to be distributed outside of WA or CO?
  23. Hops are a cousin strain of Marijuana FYI and to be honest I don't want the flavor of marijuana in my beer nor do I think any reputable brewer would put any out based on the stigmatization.
  24. mcc1654

    mcc1654 Savant (380) Illinois Mar 20, 2011

    Yes, the extraction is not as effective or quick as using something like Everclear and making a tincture to add when bottling, but it still works. If you steep the herb in ~180F water it will leach out some of the vegetal flavors.
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  25. mykey120

    mykey120 Aficionado (205) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2012 Verified

    Its not water soluble, but it is fat, oil and alcohol soluble
  26. crusian

    crusian Advocate (640) Oregon May 14, 2010

    I really don't think that was a question.
  27. I just asked it. It is now a question.
  28. gkatsoris

    gkatsoris Savant (405) Jun 27, 2007

  29. Would think you could make a weed tincture with a high ABV whiskey and add to a beer at secondary or bottling.
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  30. crusian

    crusian Advocate (640) Oregon May 14, 2010

  31. Oskar Blues disagrees.

  32. gkatsoris

    gkatsoris Savant (405) Jun 27, 2007

  33. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    When one would make an extract they use a high proof alcohol, beer is not going to be a great extractor. Brewers to do leave in dry hops for an extended period of time due to the off flavor they can impart. Are you going to extract anything more than a negligible contribution before off flavors are imparted?
    Adding and outside alcohol source is often not legal, you cannot add whiskey to a beer to mimic barrel aging. I am not sure where the line is drawn between extract and a "homemade" tincture but I think you are going to run into other legal issues.
  34. Because caffeine is the most accepted drug in our culture, especially for those who make business decisions, unlike marijuana. Even then, caffeine beers have still run into trouble with regulatory agencies.

    Its still illegal for children to get their hands on marijuana, and this will be an easy thing for a regulatory agency to trot out as the reason to deny such a beer getting a label or whatnot.
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  35. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Only a matter of time.

    I heard somebody put a book in a beer. :eek:
  36. gkatsoris

    gkatsoris Savant (405) Jun 27, 2007

  37. Yeah they use toasted hemp seeds. Also its only sold in California due to legal restrictions.
  38. crusian

    crusian Advocate (640) Oregon May 14, 2010

  39. mcc1654

    mcc1654 Savant (380) Illinois Mar 20, 2011

    Well I never said it made the beer better or was a good idea just that it worked without making a tincture.
  40. afsdan

    afsdan Advocate (560) Colorado Dec 17, 2010 Verified

    there's a whole lotta guessing going on in this thread. misinformation abound