braggot

anything having to do with a honeyed ale/hopped mead

Historical fermented beverages

Historical fermented beverages

 JoAnna Carrozzino asked me to write a post about the kinds of period beer.  Historical fermented beverage types…funny you should ask…I just whipped off a couple of very quick paper topics to the AHA for their grand convocation next summer.  I am torn between thinking I had to get my ideas in soonest and […]

The gateway to beer: Braggots (oh how I love them)

The gateway to beer: Braggots (oh how I love them)

It’s a pretty well known phenomenon.  There is far more out there asking whether women can like beer than there is about beer for women.  There are more women who brew beer and blog about beer than ever before, and we get a lot of attention from beer-loving men (there’s […]

Dark or Hefty Braggot

Dark or Hefty Braggot

Man, I love this braggot.  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.  Then I discovered killer bee honey, which is dark and caramel-y.  And now I have a […]

Ale With Honey Historical documentation

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 document is an Executive Summary.  Then I will also bring the full documentation, with notes on everything from bottling to […]

Mead additives

Mead additives

Honey Handling and Mead Additives – another forum discussion  From http://byo.com/feature/875.html Your aim in preparing the must and in the fermentation of honey should be to retain as much of the natural flavor and aroma of the honey as possible. Honey is a dense and sticky product, which makes it […]

Killer Bee Braggot (Dark or Hefty Braggot)

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 else I’ve ever  had.  It’s from Brazil, and organically produced.  It’s expensive, so I tend to hoard this. Have you tried […]

Autumn Spice Braggot

Autumn Spice Braggot

Not my recipe, but a darn good one.  Have you tried this? Made it, tasted it?  What did you do differently? Please let me know what you thought! 6.5 lb wildflower honey 2 lb Briess 2-row malt 3 lb amber malt extract ½ lb 120L Crystal malt ¼ lb peppercorns […]