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Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.
Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs-but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology and mixology-with more than 50 drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners-will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
Author: Amy Stewart
If you’ve ever complained about a watered-down tasting glass of lager, wondered just what is causing that certain flavor in your favorite porter, or lamented the price of your favorite craft beer, then it might be time to try perfecting your own brew at home. Whether you’re an established beer snob or just want to try your hand at homebrewing, The Homebrewer’s Handbook will teach you everything you need to know to get started in this increasingly popular hobby. Teaching you all about beer and the few very simple components required to make it (malted barley, hops, yeast, and water) this comprehensive guide includes an overview of:< br/>< br/> • The brewing process< br/> • Detailed explanations of extract, partial-mash, and all-grain brewing< br/> • The best equipment for each process and methods for cleaning and sanitizing< br/> • Suggestions on how to correct batches with off-flavors and aromas< br/> • How to make bottling your beer easy< br/> • A full glossary< br/> • And much more< br/>< br/> Matthew Schaefer uses his years of expertise to show you how to control the nuances of flavor, body, and aroma to craft your perfect bottle of beer. Whether you’re brewing to share with friends and family or simply for the beautiful craft of the process, this book will guide you start to finish in making a great-tasting beer.
Author: MATTHEW SCHAEFER
Best-selling author Jeff Alworth takes serious beer aficionados on a behind-the-scenes tour of 26 major European and North American breweries that create some of the world’s most classic beers. Learn how the Irish make stout, the secrets of traditional Czech pilsner, and what makes English cask ale unique. Delve deep into the specific techniques, equipment, and geographical factors that shape these distinctive styles. Contemporary brewers carrying on their traditions share insider knowledge and 26 original recipes to guide experienced homebrewers in developing your own special versions of each style.
Author: Jeff Alworth
Primitive beers, country wines, herbal meads, natural sodas, and more
The art of brewing doesn’t stop at the usual ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. In fact, the origins of brewing involve a whole galaxy of wild and cultivated plants, fruits, berries, and other natural materials, which were once used to make a whole spectrum of creative, fermented drinks.
Now fermentation fans and home brewers can rediscover these “primitive” drinks and their unique flavors in The Wildcrafting Brewer. Wild-plant expert and forager Pascal Baudar’s first book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, opened up a whole new world of possibilities for readers wishing to explore and capture the flavors of their local terroir. The Wildcrafting Brewer does the same for fermented drinks. Baudar reveals both the underlying philosophy and the practical techniques for making your own delicious concoctions, from simple wild sodas, to non-grape-based “country wines,” to primitive herbal beers, meads, and traditional ethnic ferments like tiswin and kvass.
The book opens with a retrospective of plant-based brewing and ancient beers. The author then goes on to describe both hot and cold brewing methods and provides lots of interesting recipes; mugwort beer, horehound beer, and manzanita cider are just a few of the many drinks represented. Baudar is quick to point out that these recipes serve mainly as a touchstone for readers, who can then use the information and techniques he provides to create their own brews, using their own local ingredients.
The Wildcrafting Brewer will attract herbalists, foragers, natural-foodies, and chefs alike with the author’s playful and relaxed philosophy. Readers will find themselves surprised by how easy making your own natural drinks can be, and will be inspired, again, by the abundance of nature all around them.
Author: Pascal Baudar
Using ingredients you can find in your own backyard, farm or local market, you can create artisan drinks that leave you feeling refreshed and even revitalized. Learn useful fermentation techniques to make your own kefir and homemade soda. Brew your own teas, mix your own squashes, shrubs, switchels, tonics and infusions. You can even use the recipes to create powerful and healthful craft cocktails.
Author: Emily Han
Making wine at home just got more fun, and easier, with author Richard Bender’s experiments. Whether you’re new to winemaking or a seasoned pro, you’ll find this innovative manual accessible, thanks to its focus on small batches that require minimal equipment and that use an unexpected range of readily available fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.
Author: Richard W. Bender