Brewing Articles & Class Handouts

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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 […]

What makes malt go: diastatic power and proteolytic enzymes

What makes malt go: diastatic power and proteolytic enzymes

I made it through a whole hour-long presentation on malt without once mentioning diastatic power (what it is, how it works) or proteolytic enzymes.  Whups.  Thank goodness they were at least in my handout (see my last post for the handout). So, to make up for this rather large omission, […]

Malt: Everything a Homebrewer Wants To Know

Malt: Everything a Homebrewer Wants To Know

In my BJCP class the teacher, Les White, assigned a presentation on malt and malting to me.  We each signed up for our preferred topics, then Les assigned one topic to each student and set the date for their presentation.  Mine was the very first. I was beyond nervous, and of course had work […]

Make Your Malt

Make Your Malt

Ever think of making your malt to homebrew with?  Uncertain you can do it?  Sure you can.  You can make your malt and thus have complete control over its roastiness, diastatic power, everything. I have a couple of friends wanting to reproduce medieval beers starting from scratch – they’re growing old varieties of […]

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 […]

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (Part II, mostly Beer)

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (Part II, mostly Beer)

In my last two posts:  the Anglo-Saxon words beor, ealu, medu and wyn may not be what they seem.  British beer blogger Martyn Cornell takes a crack at sorting out the word histories and what we actually know about any of them. I am reprinting this with Mr. Cornell’s permission.  his Zythophile blog […]

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (part I, mostly Ale)

Martyn Cornell on Anglo-Saxon Ale and Beer (part I, mostly Ale)

As I started to say in my last post, the Anglo-Saxon words beor, ealu, medu and wyn may not be what they seem.  It may be that we’ve been telling the wrong story about Anglo-Saxon feasts for long time.  Martyn Cornell takes a crack at sorting out the word histories and what we actually […]

The Economics of Medieval English Brewing: The Handout

The Economics of Medieval English Brewing: The Handout

St. Paul’s Cathedral’s brewhouse grain bill for Anno Domini 1286, from the Domesday Book.  I mean, how cool is this?  For those of you who read the paper of Karl Hagen’s that I posted yesterday and maybe grooved on it but didn’t delve deep – meaning you didn’t open any […]

Hops Arrive in England: 1526?

Hops Arrive in England: 1526?

According to The Timetables of History (almost as good as the Guinness Book for leafing through), hops were introduced to England from Artois in 1526.  There’s a story there – ! Beeton’s Date-book: An English Chronology from the Earliest Periods to the Current Period (1896) (boy was I surprised to […]

Mead Glorious Mead: A Class Talkthrough

Mead Glorious Mead: A Class Talkthrough

Mead making is one of the most fun things to teach. This class handout on how to make mead is very chatty, but covers pretty much all the basics.  It’s copyrighted, folks. Elspeth Payne Class Handout A plug for varietals (different kinds of honey), or meads that are just mead […]

Basic Mead Assembly

Basic Mead Assembly

 This is a basic mead recipe from a class I taught in 2009.  Now, I could not possibly break it down this simply, but thinking like this got me started and served me reasonably well for a lot of years.  Honey: 2.5 – 4 lbs per gallon of water. Water: […]

Homebrewing: Things That Go Boom In The Night

Homebrewing: Things That Go Boom In The Night

src=”http://www.elspethpayne.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/carboy-working1-209×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”209″ height=”300″ />This manuscript was first published in Tournaments Illuminated, a quarterly magazine for medieval enactors.  It appeared in the Third Quarter 2010, Issue 175.  Copies may be ordered from: http://sca.org/links/shopping.html . Please, if you quote me, give me credit.  Copyright applies.  Things That Go Boom In The Night […]