- Sep 6, 2016
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- Derry,Northern Ireland
Would only be due a hard winter if the birds eat them though birds don't eat Rowan berries....Back in August this year I brewed up two DJ's using the juice from boiled up Rowan Berries instead of hops to give the bitterness required. In September, the brew was bottled, carbonated in the brew-fridge, left on the shelf to clear and condition and yesterday I tried one.
As you can see from the photograph they haven't cleared; and the taste was "different".
Not unpleasant, just "different" and very hard to describe. There's a bit of "fruitiness" but no identifiable fruit flavour and some "bitterness" but again with no identifiable cause.
In other words, the brew is definitely "drinkable" but something that I will only repeat if I ever run out of hops and have access to a plentiful supply of Rowan Berries. (The berries were weighing down the trees back in August but are now not to be seen anywhere in this area! Is this a sign that we are due a hard winter or is this because the town is being badly affected by the "Ash die-back disease"?)
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