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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Kombucha is a living drink made by fermenting sweetened tea using a kombucha culture, or SCOBY (which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). As the SCOBY “digests” the sugar in the tea, it generates a variety of probiotics, enzymes, and amino acids, turning the initial tea into a nutrient-packed, tangy, effervescent health drink that is also deliciously addictive. Kombucha Kamp SCOBYs are 100 percent organic, full size (neither dehydrated nor sized for a test tube or pint jar), and shipped with real starter tea.This product features: • 1 SCOBY kombucha culture (makes 1 gallon). • Strong starter liquid with yeast strands (1 cup). • Shortcut kombucha tea recipe, tips and DIY guide
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:
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 perfect book for plant lovers, foragers, fermenters, brewers and those fascinated by the healing power of herbs, this is a collection of natural, non-alcoholic stimulants and tranquilizers to improve awareness, aid sleep, and everything in between. Trained herbalist, nutritionist, aromatherapist and drinks specialist Michael Isted has treated the worlds of fashion, art and wellbeing to his fabulous natural drinks, and now brings his delectable potions to a wider audience.