mead

anything having to do with fermented beverages made from honey

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 […]

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 […]

Taliesin on Mead

Taliesin on Mead

The Book of Taliesin is a late Middle Welsh version of the ales of Gwion Bach and Taliesin, mostly around the court of Maelgyn Gynedd.  It was written in the 1550s, the same time Henry VIII was on the throne (or maybe collected then? Middle Welsh is 12th-14th c, and Taliesin was tenth c).  […]

Can you answer this riddle?

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 sheltering roof-sweet craft. Soon a man bears me to a tub. Bathed, I am binder and scourge of men, bring […]

Brewers' Roundtable at this weekend's event

Brewers’ Roundtable at this weekend’s event

For you medievalists who might be able to actually attend, and all you crazy brewers who like getting together with other brewers to see what’s shakin’, may I recommend this weekend’s  Brewers’ Roundtable?  It’s something we do a lot of in the historical brewing world that you modern types may […]

Medieval Summer Camp and thinking about beer

Medieval Summer Camp and thinking about beer

I’m back home from medieval summer camp (where I and ten thousand of my closest friends re-create camps and life in different eras prior to 1600 AD, complete with battles, bards, and all manner of arts displays, tournaments, and competitions – have I mentioned the parties?).  I am thinking about […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Brewing Secondary Sources

Books for Brewers: Historical Brewing Secondary Sources

Here is my list of historical brewing secondary sources; the references I reach for regularly.  I’ve already posted my personal list of primary sources on this site.  I’m planning three or four of these.   I think my next one will be modern how-to brewing sources I routinely use, and I […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

I am chagrined each time I see a post from a newbie on one of the brewing history forums, asking whether there are period sources.  You bet there are!  I keep a running list of historical primary sources for brewers – secondary sources are on another blog post, as are modern […]

Medieval Brewing Smackdown and why it was fun

Medieval Brewing Smackdown and why it was fun

I used to know it as a fun fighting event. It all started like this In the world of medieval enactors in the Society for Creative Anachronism, an integral part of an event is the afternoon Court.  The local baron and/or baroness preside, and sometimes we have Royalty as well […]

Why compete in homebrewing: beer, wine, mead?

Why compete in homebrewing: beer, wine, mead?

Last year a brewing chum asked me why I compete in homebrewing.  He’s one of the most morose people I’ve ever met, so my first thought was that he was sulking as usual, and found hearing about my competition outreach distasteful.  Take out the sulking, though, and you’ve got a […]

What kind of beer would a Hobbit drink? How about the Dwarves?

What kind of beer would a Hobbit drink? How about the Dwarves?

The Hobbit is coming out, none too soon! If a hobbit and thirteen thirsty dwarves turn up on your doorstep, what kind of beer should you have on hand? In honor of the upcoming Hobbit movies I’ve been informally polling brewing friends on what they think a Hobbit would drink, […]