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Weed Beer?

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

  1. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    So, now that weed (marijuana) is legal in two states, when is a brewery going to release a weed beer? hops and buds.
  2. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    I doubt any alcohol regulatory agency would allow it.
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  3. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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  4. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    why not, caffeine is in some beer... and it would be just another legal ingredient.
  5. LMT

    LMT Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

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

    canadianghetto Oct 15, 2011 Texas
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    Now that would be some illegal trades if this ever came to exist.
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  7. beerborn

    beerborn Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    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 Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    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 Jul 12, 2012 California

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

    beertunes Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    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 May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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 Jan 14, 2011 Colorado
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    Isn't nectar humbolt brown brewed with hemp?
  13. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
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    Maybe Boulder will take advantage.

    Also, I don't expect this thread to last.
  14. ajcormier

    ajcormier Nov 18, 2010 New Hampshire

    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. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
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    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 Jul 12, 2012 California

    well, there we have it.
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  17. mcc1654

    mcc1654 Mar 20, 2011 Illinois

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

    Whimpers Dec 17, 2010 New York
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    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 May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Colorado is tomorrow I think.
  20. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
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    Over 250 court cases for possession already canceled in CO
  21. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
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    Another question would be if the specific "weed beer" would be allowed to be distributed outside of WA or CO?
  23. SecondStage1983

    SecondStage1983 Nov 8, 2012 Washington

    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 Mar 20, 2011 Illinois

    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 Aug 13, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Its not water soluble, but it is fat, oil and alcohol soluble
  26. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    I really don't think that was a question.
  27. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
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    I just asked it. It is now a question.
  28. Swiderek202

    Swiderek202 Jan 15, 2012 Illinois

    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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  29. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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  30. nathanjohnson

    nathanjohnson Aug 5, 2007 Vermont

    Oskar Blues disagrees.

  31. gkatsoris

    gkatsoris Jun 27, 2007

  32. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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.
  33. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    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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  34. FEUO

    FEUO Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Only a matter of time.

    I heard somebody put a book in a beer. :eek:
  35. bustin_knuckles

    bustin_knuckles Nov 6, 2012 California
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    Yeah they use toasted hemp seeds. Also its only sold in California due to legal restrictions.
  36. crusian

    crusian May 14, 2010 Oregon
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  37. mcc1654

    mcc1654 Mar 20, 2011 Illinois

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

    afsdan Dec 17, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

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