By Jereme Zimmerman
A whole advisor to utilizing the easiest elements and minimum gear to create enjoyable and flavorful brews
Ancient societies brewed flavorful and therapeutic meads, ales, and wines for millennia utilizing merely instinct, storytelling, and data handed down via generations—no fancy, pricey gear or levels in chemistry wanted. In Make Mead Like a Viking, homesteader, fermentation fanatic, and self-described “Appalachian Yeti Viking” Jereme Zimmerman summons the bryggjemann of the traditional Norse to illustrate how homebrewing mead—arguably the world’s oldest fermented alcoholic beverage—can be not just basic yet fun.
Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will study recommendations for brewing candy, semi-sweet, and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and natural meads, braggots, honey beers, kingdom wines, or even Viking grog, establishing the Mead corridor doorways to extra experimentation in fermentation and taste. furthermore, aspiring Vikings will explore:
• the significance of neighborhood and unpasteurized honey for either taste and healthiness benefits;
• Why glossy homebrewing practices, fabrics, and chemical substances paintings yet aren’t necessary;
• how one can develop and harvest herbs and acquire wild botanicals to be used in therapeutic, nutritious, and magical meads, beers, and wines;
• Hops’ fresh monopoly as a main brewing component and the way to take advantage of botanicals except hops for flavoring and maintaining mead, historic ales, and gruits;
• The rituals, mysticism, and communion with nature that have been imperative parts of historic brewing and will be for contemporary homebrewers, as well;
• options for beginning a mead circle to percentage your wild meads with different brewers as a part of the turning out to be mead-movement way of life; and more!
even if you’ve been intimidated by way of glossy homebrewing’s fee or seeming complexity within the past—and its concentrate on using unnatural chemicals—or are boldly seeking to extend your present brewing and fermentation practices, Zimmerman’s welcoming type and spirit will usher you into interesting new territory. Grounded in historical past and mythology, but—like Odin’s ever-seeking eye—focusing always at the way forward for self-sufficient meals tradition, Make Mead Like a Viking is a pragmatic and pleasing advisor for the ages.
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Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers by Jereme Zimmerman