Category: Brewing Recipes

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Valeria’s English Barleywine

 I got this recipe from professional brewer Karen Lassiter at Boscos Nashville Brewing Company.  I know her from historic enactment, where we call her Valeria. She writes: Here’s a barley [..]

drawing of carboy in crate

Sartakh’s Wit

 I have this recipe from John Alexander, in California, affectionately known to some as Sartakh. He prefers to avoid American hops that begin with ‘C’.  Sartakh’s Wit …you were wanting the recipe [..]

several carboys with different colored liquids, sealed with airlocks

Isabelle’s Belgian Wit

My historic enactment friend Lady Isabelle Henry gave me this recipe for a refreshing, crisp Wittebier. Bring 6 gallons of water to boil. Remove from heat. Add 6.6 pounds 40% [..]

milk jug with lid pouring milk into glass

Irish Cream Cordial

The recipe – no need for redaction here – is completely and utterly modern, no historical antecedents at all. Cordials were not sipping drinks in history, they were tonics – [..]

Cordial glass with golden liquid

Spiced Honey Walnut Cordial

What to do with a lot of brandy-soaked toasted English walnuts?  Let’s see…make butter brickle candy and coat it with dark chocolate, that’s what! Have you tried this? Made it, [..]

Mycenean gold goblet

Raisin Clove Melomel/Metheglin/Melometh

I believe this recipe is of my own devising by now, though it started with someone else’s.  It was a favorite of my dear friend Elaine Koogler’s, known in the [..]

Mycenean gold goblet

Middle Eastern Metheglin

This recipe is my own invention. I had mesquite honey, and was trying to match it with complimentary spices; it happened to correspond with teaching at a Middle Eastern- themed event.  [..]

Mycenean gold goblet

Killer Bee Braggot (Dark or Hefty Braggot)

     This is one of my favorite recipes.  It takes about ten months to age and holds well.  Killer bee honey is dark, complex, very caramel-y – not like anything [..]