My Documentation

Executive summaries and full sets of documentation I’ve used, successfully, in SCA historical brewing competitions, either in the Kingdom of Atlantia or with the InterKingdom Brewers Guild.

Medieval Brewing Recipes: Find the Sources

Medieval Brewing Recipes: Find the Sources

It’s amazing to me how many brewers ask me where to find medieval brewing recipes for beer, mead, whatever . Let’s start with some basics. When you’re looking for documentable historical sources for medieval brewing recipes, it’s important to know which ones to quote. What is a primary source? The […]

Homebrewing beer: Potential Extract Values of Grains and Adjuncts

Homebrewing beer: Potential Extract Values of Grains and Adjuncts

BJCP CLASS – we were given a choice of presentation topics, and I chose Malt.  Turns out Malt is one of the very first presentations, so I’ve been scrambling through a very busy week (end of fiscal quarter at work, Baronial At-Home on Wednesday at my house) to get something […]

Braggot, Dark and Hefty

Braggot, Dark and Hefty

Braggot: dark, rich, malt brewed with honey. Man, I love this beverage.  It was inspired by Ken Schramm’s Hefty Braggot recipe in The Compleat Meadmaker, though I used Hugh Plat’s The Jewel House of Art and Nature for my historical source.  Why, you ask? I hang out with a crew […]

Aqua Rubea

Aqua Rubea

Aqua Rubea sounded so pretty that when I was preparing for our SCA Royal Brewer competition (which I won that year) I just had to try to make it.  It is a medicinal tonic, commonly referred to as a cordial, but not at all sweet like our modern sipping cordials.  […]

Aqua Composita

Aqua Composita

Aqua Composita is a tonic, a medicinal cordial; it was not sweetened in most versions I found.  The document linked here is my full-length competition documentation examining how I made a batch, the recipes I found and the redaction decisions I made (and what I’d do differently next time). I […]

16th Century Sack

16th Century Sack

This is an example of retroengineering to create competition documentation.  I don’t recommend it.  It’s true that when I created this recipe, which has always done well in competition, I took historical recipes into consideration.  I did not, however, take notes.  Back then I didn’t even keep a notebook.  When […]

Wine (history) - so old school

Wine (history) – so old school

I’ve been researching the history of alcoholic beverages in the Middle East.  Here’s a snippet of what I’ve found so far: Brewing as we enjoy it in the West originated in the Middle East – all of it: wines, beers, and distilled beverages all came to Europe from the Middle […]

Whiskey Barrel Stout

Whiskey Barrel Stout

For a 5 gallon batch Ingredients FERMENTABLES: 6.6 lb. Special Dark LME, 1 lb. Amber DME SPECIALTY GRAINS:  6 oz. Roasted Barley; 8 oz. Dark Chocolate; 8 oz. Caramel 90L HOPS: .5 oz. Warrior Bittering; 1 oz. Fuggle Flavoring YEAST: Safale-04 first hydrated in dry malt and warm water OAK […]

Riesling - an historical grape

Riesling – an historical grape

DNA studies by Ferdinand Regner indicates that one parent of the modern Riesling vine is Gouais Blanc, known in Germany as Weißer Heunisch , brought to Burgundy from Croatia by the Romans[1].  This was widely grown by French and German peasantry in the Middle Ages.  The other parent is a […]

Tempranillo Wine, the rich Spanish red

Tempranillo Wine, the rich Spanish red

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape native to Spain.  It is called Spain’s “noble grape”, and is the main variety used in Rioja[1].  Spanish cultivation of vitis vinifera, the ancestor common to wine grapes, began in earnest in classical times with Phoenician settlement in the southern provinces.  Later, according […]

Müller-Thurgau : the perfect German table wine

Müller-Thurgau : the perfect German table wine

Müller-Thurgau is a white grape created by Hermann Muller from the Swiss canton of Thurgau in 1882.  However, it is a cross of Riesling with Madeleine Royale[1], which is a Chasselas seedling, and both Riesling and Chasselas are very old vines. There are several written references to Riesling as a […]

Apricot Cardamom Cordial

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 competition documentation.  Now I know there’s a spice called Grains of Paradise, and that I can purchase it under that […]