Recipes

How To Make Quick Mead

How To Make Quick Mead

A quick mead takes 10 days-2 weeks, and tastes like slightly alcoholic soda pop. It runs 2-4% alcohol – just enough so it’s more than honey water, but not so much that a long cold drink will hurt you. Quick meads are great for camping events, particularly when you’ll be there […]

The State of Craft Beer in Ireland

The State of Craft Beer in Ireland

I went to Ireland and checked in on the state of craft beer.  (I suffer so for my art.) I simply had to go to Dublin  this summer.  The European Beer Bloggers Conference was there, and it was a good excuse to go to Ireland, not that I really needed […]

Finding beer in Montgomery County, MD: the County as distributor

Finding beer in Montgomery County, MD: the County as distributor

Which beers can you find in Montgomery County Maryland?  How do you know? Why do we care? Why is finding beer (if you care about which beer) so hard? I’ve lived in Maryland for thirteen years this time around, but I’ve been resident in so many states I have trouble keeping […]

Bochet Mead (Ever Try Caramelized Honey?)

Bochet Mead (Ever Try Caramelized Honey?)

You can imagine my extreme hesitation at the idea of making a bochet mead. I am a cold-method meadmaker.  I heat water as little as possible to mix with the must, and heat the honey not at all.  the days of pasteurizing my own honey are long past.     Heat drives […]

Cherry Blues

Cherry Blues

It’s going to be a tough year for cherry melomels, cherry wheat beer, cherry lambic, and (sob!) cherry pie. I have a cherry mel in secondary that needs a boost.  It’s a bit thin, and the cherry flavor could be better.  Of course, it’s January – not a fresh cherry […]

Where to find vintage/heritage cider apples

Where to find vintage/heritage cider apples

If you want to make really good hard cider, you need to use vintage apples. But where do you find these superb cider-making apples? I live smack in the middle of prime apple-growing country here in Maryland; Virginia, our next door neighbor, is one of the top five apple-producing states […]

Easy Spiced Cider SO much better than the kits!

Easy Spiced Cider SO much better than the kits!

Curling up with a mug of steaming mulled cider is a lovely thing this chilly, dank time of year, but I beg you, don’t get those silly, frilly, expensive  little kits to make your cider with.  Making showstopping spiced cider is stupid easy and much less expensive than getting a […]

Sparkling Ginger Mead

Sparkling Ginger Mead

This is a recipe in progress for a sparkling ginger mead.  I’m adding all my thought processes and decisions here.  I’m making it for my friend Cynthia, unless she tells me she doesn’t like ginger… Sanitize EVERYTHING, except the spice bag, which doesn’t sanitize well so I boil it.  Spatula, […]

Bud's Glögg (gløgg) (glug)

Bud’s Glögg (gløgg) (glug)

I guess it’s not too soon before Christmas to share the very best recipe for hot spiced wine I know. I make a single gallon of this at Christmastime every year, in honor of the man from whom my family got it.  We called him Bud; he was my sister’s […]

Hard Cider Apples

Hard Cider Apples

News flash for some folks: you can make apple juice from any apple, but you can’t make good hard cider – I mean the fermented stuff – from just anything.  If you buy all your apples at an American grocery store, you’ve probably forgotten what an apple can really taste […]

Gruit recipe from BaltiBrew

Gruit recipe from BaltiBrew

Baltimore Brew Festival hosted a Gruit Ale competition last night.  I asked whether they would post their recipes on their website – don’t have an answer yet.  One of the competitors did send me his.  Good gruit is hard to find, so I thought I’d share.   Ryan Boddy’s Gruit […]

Brooklyn BrewShop brews one gallon batches of beer

Brooklyn BrewShop brews one gallon batches of beer

Brooklyn BrewShop’s Beer Making Book is my latest find in the domain of beer brewing.  I’ve added it to my Basic Brewers Books list.  It’s designed for folks who a) like good beer but don’t drink a ton of it, and/or b) don’t have a lot of space to spare.  […]