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Iron Goat
09-12-2013, 12:24 PM
Just received a response from TTB Formulas on our Scotch Ale which uses heather nibs.

"What is the GRAS status of Heather Nibs? What type of flower does it come from?"

As far as I can tell, Heather is not listed on any GRAS list. The supplier doesn't have any information. Has anyone else been asked this?

Thanks!

liammckenna
09-12-2013, 01:05 PM
Just received a response from TTB Formulas on our Scotch Ale which uses heather nibs.

"What is the GRAS status of Heather Nibs? What type of flower does it come from?"

As far as I can tell, Heather is not listed on any GRAS list. The supplier doesn't have any information. Has anyone else been asked this?

Thanks!

Generic name is Calluna spp (formerly known as Erica spp. - family Ericaceae)

Never been asked.

I know there can be some weird toxic molds growing on it and prep of the heather tips before packaging is critical.

I would be surprised if it appeared on the GRAS list. That being said, it has been used safely in brewing as a flavoring for hundreds of years.

Good luck.

Pax.

Liam

Dough In
09-12-2013, 02:59 PM
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/12142/245

Iron Goat
10-04-2013, 11:51 AM
Wanted to post a follow up to this in case anyone else runs into this issue.

I asked the heather supplier for additional information but there wasn't any really - other than they were carefully dried heather flowers. I updated the ingredient to read as Heather Tips instead of Heather Nibs. I added a comment stating the scientific name of the flower and that heather has been used for hundreds of years in beverages including the Scottish Fraoch.

A couple of days later I received approval.

Ted Briggs
10-07-2013, 08:48 AM
I've thought about brewing one of these- what is your supplier?

Iron Goat
10-07-2013, 09:00 AM
Country Malt Group
http://www.countrymaltgroup.com/

kugeman
11-11-2013, 11:36 AM
How did you add the Heather Flowers? As a late hop in the kettle? If so, any thoughts on lbs/bbl for the additions?

I'm brewing a Scottish 60 shilling ale and want to use Heather in place of late hops but I'm kind of winging it on the amount of the additions.

Iron Goat
11-18-2013, 08:31 AM
We use about 1.2lbs/bbl at whirlpool then dry 'hop' at the same rate. We bag it since it gets quite messy if just thrown in.