Sunday, 30 December 2012

Total bullshit

This is just such total bullshit.

The author seems to unaware that England and Scotland were part of the same country with identical taxes.


"Hops, however, has never thrived in Scotland.   The soil and conditions are poor for hop production, so hops had to be imported often from England at high expense.  As a result a variety of hop alternatives were traditionally used including spices, herbs and quassia.  Later when hops were used, they were added only sparingly resulting in a distinctly malty character.  In contrast to the South in England malt was heavily taxed and hops plentiful resulting in more highly hopped styles such as IPA."
http://beersmith.com/blog/2008/09/06/scotch-ale-recipes-beer-styles/

Will I ever be able to stop people repeating this shit? I fear not.

9 comments:

Barm said...

For God’s sake don’t read the article on Brown Ale.

Craig said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again. At least we can all rest easy knowing IPA was brewed strong and heavily hopped to survive the trip to India.

John Clarke said...

Perhaps he's talking about the years before the Act of Union....no, I didn't think so.

Like you say why does this shite keep getting repeated?

... said...

Care to share the true story?

Ron Pattinson said...

Do I really have to go through it all again?

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

Just link to it Ron. Must be there in your archives somewhere.

marquis said...

Hops grow well enough in Sweden which I imagine is less hospitable for them than Scotland.
http://www.vallbyfriluftsmuseum.se/eng-tradgard-odling/hopgarden-eng-tradgard-odling.shtml

Has the author of the offending piece never heard of ships? A very cheap way of moving goods.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, that was published 4 years ago. You should try writing the current bjcp test. In addition to standard beer style myths you will also get tested on dated and debunked brewing wisdom like hot side aeration, yeast autolysis and beer color vs mash pH water chemistry

mike said...

"To be fair"? You do realise that the original information has been around for over 100 years? Four years ago, the idiot who wrote that could just as easily have researched it himself rather than relying on an organisation that seems more interested in developing myths than in checking its facts. Has 'research' become a 'dirty word' in US beer-geek circles?