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Morning Glory Seeds

I got a load of organic wheat in and it appears to have morning glory buds and or seeds in it. Will this have any effect on fermentation or starch production in my mash? Coop


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I don't know if it'll have an effect on fermentation or starch production, but if there's enough of it it'll have an effect on the brain of anyone who consumes it. Morning glory seeds contain an ergoline alkaloid, Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA) which is very similar to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), and many people do use them as a recreational drug.

It's doubtful in the extreme, though, that there would be enough in your mash to have any perceptible effect. I don't know if the stuff would even survive distillation, but considering how picky the TTB and FDA are about adulterants, I thought it would be worth knowing about. Read about it here.


Reply:

I don't know if it'll have an effect on fermentation or starch production, but if there's enough of it it'll have an effect on the brain of anyone who consumes it. Morning glory seeds contain an ergoline alkaloid, Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA) which is very similar to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), and many people do use them as a recreational drug.

It's doubtful in the extreme, though, that there would be enough in your mash to have any perceptible effect. I don't know if the stuff would even survive distillation, but considering how picky the TTB and FDA are about adulterants, I thought it would be worth knowing about. Read about it here.


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There is only about 1/2 to 1/4 table spoon per 350# of grain. I just wondered if the strychnine might be killing the yeast cells. Coop