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Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog, opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor.
If you've been thinking of trying your hand at home winemaking, delay no longer! It’s easier than you think to make wonderful wine at home. Get started today with this practical guide to making your first bottle of perfect homemade wine.
Author Lori Stahl demystifies essential winemaking techniques with friendly, jargon-free instructions and gorgeous color photography. She begins by taking you step by step through making wine from a kit, and then shows you how to go beyond the kit with creative additions. Soon you’ll be making your own flavorful wine from fresh grapes, apples, berries, and even flowers and herbs.
This home winemaking companion offers a wide selection of seasonal winemaking recipes, new twists on traditional favorites, and sweet ways to enjoy and indulge in the wines you create. Even if you have never made wine before, Making Your Own Wine at Home will show you everything you need to master an intriguing and rewarding new hobby.
With this book, you’ll take your brewing skills from good to great, and expand your knowledge of the science and craft of brewing at home. Learn all of the modern homebrewing methods, from the basic techniques with malt extract to advanced all-grain procedures and tests for quality. Part scientist, part homebrewing wizard, Chris Colby is your guide.
Unlike other homebrewing books on the market, Methods of Modern Homebrewing combines the guidance and know-how of an expert’s many years of brewing with his extensive research. Complete with step-by-step instructions and helpful photos, this book also features useful charts for brewers to get information at a glance for every major homebrewing method. Each technique is paired with recipes to illustrate how the method works. Begin your brewing journey by learning to brew with malt extract or by partial mashing, or go all-grain. Then move on to master decoction mashing, high-gravity brewing, and more.
This guide to all modern brew styles is the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life.
The Guardian’s "Best Books on Drink” Pick
Most people know that wine is created by fermenting pressed grape juice and cider by pressing apples. But although it’s the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, few people know what beer is made of. In lively and witty fashion, Miracle Brew dives into traditional beer’s four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast, and water, each of which has an incredible story to tell.
From the Lambic breweries of Belgium, where beer is fermented with wild yeasts drawn down from the air around the brewery, to the aquifers below Burton-on-Trent, where the brewing water is rumored to contain life-giving qualities, Miracle Brew tells the full story behind the amazing role each of these fantastic four?a grass, a weed, a fungus, and water?has to play. Celebrated U.K. beer writer Pete Brown travels from the surreal madness of drink-sodden hop-blessings in the Czech Republic to Bamberg in the heart of Bavaria, where malt smoked over an open flame creates beer that tastes like liquid bacon. He explores the origins of fermentation, the lost age of hallucinogenic gruit beers, and the evolution of modern hop varieties that now challenge wine grapes in the extent to which they are discussed and revered.
Along the way, readers will meet and drink with a cast of characters who reveal the magic of beer and celebrate the joy of drinking it. And almost without noticing we’ll learn the naked truth about the world’s greatest beverage.
From the author of Handmade Gatherings comes Quench: a book offering more than 100 recipes for soft and hard drinks, including natural sodas, fruit nectars, tisanes, shrubs, kombucha, bitters, liqueurs, wines, infused liquors, party punches, and more.
Do-it-yourself beverages are gaining interest and intrigue across the culinary spectrum, with folks trying everything from homemade root beer to hard cider, fresh-squeezed ginger lemonade to handcrafted Irish cream. Professional mixologists and amateur home cooks alike are looking for beverages to inspire and satisfy, sourced from a variety of natural and seasonal ingredients. Quench offers the solution, covering the entire beverage range with hot, cold, fermented, infused, and cured offerings. There’s something here for every palate, occasion, and need. Quench promises to help you pour a glass of whatever it is you’re thirsting for.
You've probably never thought of beer as having healing and healthful properties before. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers explores the mystery, folklore and healing power of ancient fermentation. This is the first comprehensive book ever written on the sacred aspects of indigenous, historical psychotropic and herbal healing beers of the world.
Including 120 recipes for ancient and indigenous beers and meads from 31 countries spanning six continents, this unique book also provides the most complete evaluation of honey ever published.
Today's renewed interest in making wine and beer at home amounts to nothing less than a renaissance. No matter why you want to join the new generation of homebrewers -- to complement your cooking, to save money or simply for a truly rewarding hobby -- Strong Waters will tell you how.
In this do-it-yourself guide, Scott Mansfield makes a grand tradition accessible for today's enthusiasts. Beginners will welcome his tips for getting started inexpensively with everyday materials, and experienced hobbyists will be inspired by recipes for longtime favorites and forgotten delights, including:
Worried that making your own spirits is complicated? Don't be! Strong Waters covers everything from the basics of bottling to the science of sweetening. It's surprisingly easy, and as eight pages of color photos illustrate, the results are tantalizing. Cheers!
This comprehensive guide includes everything homebrewers of all levels need to know to brew delicious, organic beer. Homebrew expert Amelia Slayton Loftus covers the whys and hows of organic brewing, things to consider when buying equipment, and everything you need to know about organic ingredients (including what makes them different, how to get them, and how to make substitutions). She also offers more than 30 irresistible recipes. You'll learn how to brew sustainably by growing ingredients yourself, recycling water, using solar energy, and achieving zero waste. Loftus also includes information on developing new recipes, tips for honing competition skills, and a tasting guide to different beer styles.
Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it. Increase your enjoyment of every beer you drink with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, tasting and food pairing. Beer lovers will discover the ingredients and brewing methods that make each brew unique and learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles. Recommendations for brews to try in more than 50 beer styles from around the world encourage you to expand your horizons. Uncap the secrets in every bottle of the world's greatest drink!
The Art of Distilling, Revised and Expanded is your exclusive backstage pass into the world of small-scale distilling of whiskies, gins, vodkas, brandies, and many other spirits.
In this comprehensive guide, American Distilling Institute founder Bill Owens will teach you how contemporary master distillers transform water and grain into a full range of exquisite, timeless spirits.
Like no other book on the subject, The Art of Distilling goes to great lengths to explore the actual craft of distilling in detail. Beginning with a brief history of distilling and introduction to the process itself, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the art of distilling today.
Although mead may have been “discovered,” as some suggest, when one of our not-yet-upright forebears got a little sloppy with the honey and water he left sloshing in a clay vessel, rest assured that The Complete Guide to Making Mead is a thoroughly modern and authoritative guide. Award-winning mead-maker Steve Piatz begins with a rundown of the various types of mead, along with the available honey varieties and the characteristics they impart. Readers also learn about yeasts and special ingredients, as well as the equipment needed to successfully begin making mead.
Piatz shows the steps involved in making a batch of mead, stressing his no-boil process, the use of healthy yeast, and the staggered addition of yeast nutrients. He even introduces advanced techniques like clarifying, aging, blending, and recipe development.
Illustrated with color photography throughout, this book encourages further discovery with the inclusion of more than two dozen of the author’s recipes for meads of all types. With information sure to appeal to stone-cold beginners and seasoned veterans alike, The Complete Guide to Making Mead is the perfect starting point for the curious and an indispensable reference for the experienced.
Adding a daily dose of fermented foods to your diet can have an extraordinary effect on your health. It has been shown to promote digestive ease for people suffering with inflammatory disorders, help manage sugar and carb cravings, and generally boost the immune system and contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Motivated by an unquestionable belief that food is medicine and that what we eat can promote great healing or cause great harm, fermentation advocate Dearbhla Reynolds shows how to turn simple ingredients into superfoods using one of the world’s oldest methods of food preservation.
In The Cultured Club, which begins with a brief history of fermentation and a guide to maintaining gut health, you will learn basic fermentation techniques and discover numerous recipes for sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, condiments, dips, tapenades, breads, nut cheeses, and tonics that promise to restore vitality.
Learn the simple art of fermentation, enjoy its delicious, vibrant flavors, and watch your health flourish.