Category: Brewing Recipes

Marsden Hartley graphic "Handsome Drinks"
Medieval book from Yale Law Library

Cherry Pyment

This has taken two silver medals so far this season (Merrimack valley Homebrew Competition and Meadlennium in Florida) and just helped me win the coveted title at the SCA event known as the Baronial [..]

Blood Orange Cordial

This year I made a modern Blood Orange Cordial.  Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it?  I made it for historic competitions. Blood oranges, C. sinensis, were first discovered and cultivated in 15th century Sicily (the region [..]

Six glasses showing the color range of various beers

Great beer recipes – in Popular Mechanics??

Of all places, Popular Mechanics has some very good beer articles.  One selection of ten basic brewing recipes caught my eye.  Trying to choose ten recipes that provide a decent [..]

carboy filled with golden liquid with lots of foam, layer of sediment and an airlock

My cyser needs a Daddy! Or Mommy. Name it! Bragging rights!

What shall I call my very first cyser,  in primary this very morning?  I used a recipe that took a gold in last year’s AHA competition which sounded particularly appealing [..]

Cordial glass with golden liquid

Apricot Cardamom Cordial

I really like cardamom, and it seemed to be a good match for apricots.  I took this to Interkingdom Brewing Competition at Pennsic, where it did well.  This is my [..]

Thistle Mead

 When I first got this honey, it tasted like thistle looks – spiny, kind of hairy, very green.  It took a long time to age out (measured in years, not [..]

A golden glass of mead

Mead: King Arthur’s Own

This is another recipe from the site, which if you make meads you should probably know about.  It’s very pleasant, and with enough malt that I’d call it a braggot, [..]

Ale With Honey Historical documentation

At historical competitions, I provide two sets of documentation, 2-3 copies of each (assuming our usual three judges per category).  There is the executive summary, less than one page long: this [..]

MIddle-of-the-road Braggot Recipe

This is from  It looks like a reasonable, basic, extract-based braggot recipe for those who maybe aren’t up to whole grain or aren’t sure about braggots.  See, I think the [..]