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Old 03-04-08, 08:07 PM   #1
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Can true vegans drink beer/wine?

My friends and I were discussing this the other night, and seeing as we know no true vegans, I figured I would ask here and hopefully someone would chime in.
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Ah, you're going for the yeast twist. Sorry, no answer here.
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Not all wines and beers are suitable for vegans. Wines are clarified by using albumin, and beer is sometimes cleared by isinglass.

There are vegan beers and wines available, however.

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Yeast is vegan.

The issue is that wine (usually) and beer (sometimes) are fined through animal products.
This is a grey area, just like refined sugar (sometimes purified through bone char).

Some people are more or less strict about things like this though, YMMV.

I like a good beer.
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Interesting question - Google "beer wine vegan" and you'll find a whole host of info. Basically some items qualify - some don't. Depends on how they are processed/refined - which I didn't know a few of those ingredients were used.

Wonder what I drink that has used this (or maybe I shouldn't know ...)

Putting aside arguments about health, many beers, wines and other alcoholic beverages are filtered with animal ingredients such as isinglass (derived from fish) or bone char.


http://tastebetter.com/features/booze


And as for Yeast ... Google Queen replies with this artifact:

Is yeast vegan?
Yeasts are part of the fungi kingdom. They are not animals. Nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is different from torula, or brewer's yeast. It is grown on a molasses solution and comes in the form of flakes or powder. It has a cheese-like flavor and can be sprinkled on baked potatoes, popcorn, vegetables, and other foods.


http://www.vegan-info.com/faq.html#heading3question7

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Not all wines and beers are suitable for vegans. Wines are clarified by using albumin, and beer is sometimes cleared by isinglass.

There are vegan beers and wines available, however.

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Homebrew and bottle conditioned craft beers are usually vegan friendly.
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Homebrew and bottle conditioned craft beers are usually vegan friendly.
I can see that--those beers would not normally be clarified. Good to know!

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I take it Mead is a big no-no?
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I take it Mead is a big no-no?
Mmmmmm, no.
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Interesting question - Google "beer wine vegan" and you'll find a whole host of info. Basically some items qualify - some don't. Depends on how they are processed/refined - which I didn't know a few of those ingredients were used.

And as for Yeast ... Google Queen replies with this artifact:

Is yeast vegan?
Yeasts are part of the fungi kingdom. They are not animals. Nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is different from torula, or brewer's yeast. It is grown on a molasses solution and comes in the form of flakes or powder. It has a cheese-like flavor and can be sprinkled on baked potatoes, popcorn, vegetables, and other foods.

http://www.vegan-info.com/faq.html#heading3question7

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Wrong wrong wrong. This is just flat out false. I'm a homebrewer and microbiologist. S. cerevisiae is brewer's yeast.
I also love the part where they state that albumin is dried blood powder. (It is a serum component.) Nothing like some good old fashioned fear-mongering to get your point across, though. "Oh my gosh, you're eating dried blood!"
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I take it Mead is a big no-no?
Mead is only a problem if you take the hardline vegan stance that honey is a product from exploitation of bees.
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I have a feeling my Vegan Cheese Beer may not be the hit I had originally predicted.
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I have a feeling my Vegan Cheese Beer may not be the hit I had originally predicted.
Perhaps with vegetarians, but not with vegans .

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Oh, I have a feeling it would tip a great deal of vegetarians over into the vegan column.
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Thank God the only restriction to my diet is whether it's digestible or not...and I'm willing to compromise on that.
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Accidentally ate the fork again, eh?
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^^Even in Africa that is sometimes questionable. I'm just getting over dysentery and craving Chinese food. I think I'll have some tomorrow, get sick to my stomach, puke, and feel okay about it an hour later because I at least got to taste it.


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I have a feeling my Vegan Cheese Beer may not be the hit I had originally predicted.
If it will fuel me up the "Hill of Death" I'll try it.
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Hey, couldn't hurt!

Well, okay, that's not true. That's not true at all, in fact.
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Homebrew and bottle conditioned craft beers are usually vegan friendly.
Not my homebrew.

Every bottle of my homebrew contains a small amount of my perspiration, lovingly added during production.

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But hey, if you want to help perfect the formula, meet me at that stupid corner right before the climb. I'll have several different varieties and several different antacids.
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But hey, if you want to help perfect the formula, meet me at that stupid corner right before the climb. I'll have several different varieties and several different antacids.
Hmmm, tempting.

But I think I might have to go do that Ring of Fire ride instead. Would be far safer.
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