Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers

Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers Author Jereme Zimmerman
ISBN-10 1603585982
ISBN-13 9781603585989
Year 2015-11-04
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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A complete guide to using the best ingredients and minimal equipment to create fun and flavorful brews Ancient societies brewed flavorful and healing meads ales and wines for millennia using only intuition storytelling and knowledge passed down through generationsno fancy expensive equipment or degrees in chemistry needed In Make Mead Like a Viking homesteader fermentation enthusiast and self described Appalachian Yeti Viking Jereme Zimmerman summons the bryggjemann of the ancient Norse to demonstrate how homebrewing meadarguably the worlds oldest fermented alcoholic beveragecan be not only uncomplicated but fun Armed with wild yeast bearing totem sticks readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet semi sweet and dry meads melomels fruit meads metheglins spiced meads Ethiopian tej flower and herbal meads braggots honey beers country wines and even Viking grog opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor In addition aspiring Vikings will explore The importance of local and unpasteurized honey for both flavor and health benefits Why modern homebrewing practices materials and chemicals work but arent necessary How to grow and harvest herbs and collect wild botanicals for use in healing nutritious and magical meads beers and wines Hops recent monopoly as a primary brewing ingredient and how to use botanicals other than hops for flavoring and preserving mead ancient ales and gruits The rituals mysticism and communion with nature that were integral components of ancient brewing and can be for modern homebrewers as well Recommendations for starting a mead circle to share your wild meads with other brewers as part of the growing mead movement subculture and more Whether youve been intimidated by modern homebrewings cost or seeming complexity in the pastand its focus on the use of unnatural chemicalsor are boldly looking to expand your current brewing and fermentation practices Zimmermans welcoming style and spirit will usher you into exciting new territory Grounded in history and mythology butlike Odins ever seeking eyefocusing continually on the future of self sufficient food culture Make Mead Like a Viking is a practical and entertaining guide for the ages

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