Tag: honey

glass carboy with airlock, golden liquid and a lot of foam; it's working

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 [..]

Medieval man writing on a stand

Can you answer this riddle?

 Can you answer this riddle? I am man’s treasure, taken from the woods, Cliff-sides, hill-slopes, valleys, downs; By day wings bear me in the buzzing air, Slip me under a [..]

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Passover: Are honey and grape wine kosher?

Talking with Lori Titus at The Bee Folks this morning (as I was picking up thirty pounds of buckwheat honey) she mentioned that their honey had been Star-K certified, and have [..]

Starting Yeast

I’m getting to brew a recipe from last year’s American Homebrewer Association’s national competiton – the Underwood’s “Blasphemy at GobblersRoost” (you’ll need an AHA login to view their Homebrewopedia); it’s a [..]

jars filled with honey and honeycomb

Average Sugar Content of Honey

I have checked several scientific studies on the sugar breakdown of honey, both in the US and Europe. Most studies doing original measurement have been very consistent.   Honey is about [..]

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 [..]

MIddle-of-the-road Braggot Recipe

This is from http://byo.com/feature/875.html.  It looks like a reasonable, basic, extract-based braggot recipe for those who maybe aren’t up to whole grain or aren’t sure about braggots.  See, I think the [..]

molecular structure of yeast

A thought on mead nutrients

Honey contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as anti-oxidants, but not enough to make sufficient nutrition for your yeast.  If there is lag time in getting yeast activity [..]

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Mead with Maple: AcerMead

An acerglyn is a maple syrup-honey combination mead. Don’t you just love the old, arcane vocabulary of meads?  I have a batch of this, without the spices, in the bottle aging. I [..]

Brewing 101 Part 6: Syrups and Sekanjubins

From the class notes for Brewing 101, taught in Fall 2008, to people interested in an historical context: Europe before 1600. Syrups and Sekanjubins “Sakanjubins and Oxymels comprise a class of compounds whose [..]

several carboys with different colored liquids, sealed with airlocks