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I'm looking into making a Graff and just out of curiosity I'm trying to look into the history/origin on the drink. All resources seem to be flooded with information about the Dark Tower series. I would think it's something that people would have brewed in the past even if it wasn't given a unique name.

Does anyone have any information on this drink as a historical style?

  • Interesting. I've not researched its history. I do know that brewers of old would use their mash runnings to not waste anything IE Scottish 60 a very weak ale that's from the last runnings and boosted with sugar to get an OG of 1.030. It would make since that they had versions that utilized fruit for that sugar if it was available. – Evil Zymurgist Oct 17 '16 at 14:15
  • Okay. Thanks for the comment. I was thinking it could have also possibly been something in the vein of a Braggot. – martieva Oct 19 '16 at 2:21
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As you've said, the lore has it that Graff originates from the Dark Tower series. Hence, the name Graff, which was said to be a light, refreshing, apple-based beer. IIRC there's even something about maltiness, which led to the 'creation' of the style.

However, you're looking for something older than the series. For this, we need to find a recipe of an apple beer, brewed or published prior to June 10th, 1982 - the publish date for The Gunslinger.

A quick-ish search of the Google-ator doesn't reveal much, however there are a few things that we can determine:

-Graf (or graff) is a fruit beer. -Fruit beers have been around 7000BC -While rare-ish, Pomme isn't an unknown lambic ingredient. Lindemann's makes one, but they first made it commercially in 2005.

This sounds like it would be a fun project to do more intensive research on. The conclusion that I'm led to, based on what's available to me at the moment is that, while it existed a priori, I find no evidence of commercial variants prior to the last 10 years.

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