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.
This book includes a broad range of ales, gruits, bragots, and other styles that have undeservingly taken a backseat to the IPA. Recipes inspired by traditions around the globe include sahti, gotlandsdricka, oak bark and mushroom ale, wassail, pawpaw wheat, chicha de muko, and even Neolithic “stone” beers.
With Zimmerman’s guidance, readers will learn about the many ways to go beyond the pale ale, utilizing alternatives to standard grains, hops, and commercial yeasts to defy the strictures of style and design their own brews.
For every brewing project (beer, cider, mead, sake, or any other fermented drink), there’s an easy way and a hard way, a method useful to the curious novice or the hardcore veteran. Brewing Everything walks you through the process for each delicious beverage from start to finish, beginning with easier shortcuts until you get the hang of it, and then upgrading to the harder stuff after you’ve brewed a thing or two.
Inside you’ll find more than 50 recipes, including:
With step-by-step instructions, color photographs, and methods for every level of experience, Brewing Everything is the ultimate guide to all things homebrew.
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Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home. In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits. However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada.
From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling is a complete guide to creating high-quality whiskey, rum and more at home. Experienced brewer, distiller and self-reliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller shares a wealth of invaluable information including:
This unique resource will show you everything you need to know to get started crafting top-quality spirits on a small scale — and do it legally. Sure to appeal to hobbyists, homesteaders, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about fine food and drink, Craft Distilling is the ideal offering for independent spirits.
Fermentation has given us some of the food world’s most treasured delights, and with DIY Fermentation, making delicious probiotic foods in your own kitchen has never been easier. Accessible overviews of fundamental fermentation techniques and more than 100 step-by-step recipes provide the basic skills you will turn to again and again as you experiment with nourishing ferments at home.
Enjoy all the health benefits and delicious flavors of naturally fermented vegetables, fruits, dairy, beverages, breads, condiments, and much more with this invaluable guide to unleash your inner DIYer and master your fermentation skills.
With this straightforward, accessible, and highly visual how-to guide, author Andrea Potter does away with specialist jargon and expensive or hard-to-find equipment, showing how sparkling homebrews from kombucha to water kefir are definitely possible for just about anyone to make, and have fun doing it.
It’s no secret that probiotics—the gut-friendly bacteria found in fermented foods—are a powerful superfood. They’ve been used for centuries to improve digestion, immunity, mood, and hormonal health. Plus, they’re uniquely healthful and perfect to enjoy any time of day in any season.
This beautifully illustrated cookbook makes it easy and fun to fit probiotics into your busy routine with refreshing fermented drinks that you can make at home. It turns our there’s much, much more to enjoy beyond premade kombucha and kefir. Here are 50 recipes for eight different elixirs—from Chinese Jun to Mexican Pineapple Tepache—that will bring surprising flavors from around the world right to your table.
Step-by-step, fermentation guru Felicity Evans explains how to:
• Stock your kitchen with expert tools and affordable ingredients
• Try your hand at both cultured fermentation and wild fermentation
• Recognize a successful ferment and troubleshoot when needed
• Confidently brew and enjoy a diverse menu of presentation-worthy drinks
With this complete resource at your fingertips, you’ll become a master of these healing drinks in no time.
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.
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.
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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.