Synopses & Reviews
Join the thousands of amateur wine and beer makers in this enjoyable, cost saving hobby using seasonal ingredients and recipes to create great tasting beverages.
Home brewing has come a long way from the days when charming elderly ladies would concoct lethal or explosive beverages from hedgerow or garden ingredients. These days, thousands of amateur wine and beer makers are engaged in this enjoyable and cost saving hobby, producing excellent results from a variety of fruits and other plant sources. This book is a round-the-year guide to wine and beer making, covering dry and sweet wines, beers, lagers, liqueurs, and fortified wines. In the introduction, the author explains the basic principles of the art and advises on health and safety and the choice, use, and care of equipment. The main body of the text, illustrated with line drawings, is a season-by-season guide to ingredients and recipes for making wines and beers to suit all tastes. There is a comprehensive index and appendices on measuring acid content, blending liqueurs, gravity readings, sugar content and potential alcohol, poisonous or unsuitable plants and a checklist of the common and scientific names of plants to be avoided.
About the Author
Roy Ekins has been a wine and beer maker for thirty-five years, and has been a member of the National Guild of Wine and Beer Judges since 1973. He has taught evening classes and lectured about commercial and homemade wines and beers for many years, and has written prolifically about the hobby regularly since 1976. For eight years he served on the Committee of the National Association, and edited the NAWB magazine. He has several books to his credit.
Table of Contents
ntroduction Winemaking: Basic Principles Beer and Brewing Spring Silver Birch Dried Peach and Apricot Prune Coltsfoot Dandelion Rhubarb Gorse Broom Brown Ale Honey Buttercups Honeysuckle Mayflower Dried Elderberry and Rose Hip Syrup Dried Elderflowers Lager Summer Roses Grape Vine Red Currants Gooseberries Herbs Parsley Rumtopf Strawberries Black Currants Raspberries Flower Wines Salad Burnet Apricots Cherries Peaches Plums Dewberries Beetroot Huckleberries Bilberries Bitter Beer Autumn Apples Blackberries Elderberries Damsons Sloes Marrow Christmas Ale Medlar Quince Pear Rose Hips Fruit Juices Liqueurs Ginger Beer Winter Dates Coconuts Christmas Mull Rumtopf Carrots Raisins Tangerines, Mandarins, and Satsumas Tea Mulled Ale Seville Oranges Grapefruit Parsnips Exotic Fruits Stout Sparkling Wines Appendix 1: Acidity Measurement (Titration) Appendix 2: Gravity Readings, Sugar Content, and Potential Alcohol Appendix 3: Blending Your Own Liqueurs Appendix 4: How To Wire Sparkling Wine Stoppers Appendix 5: Poisonous or Otherwise Appendix 6: Unsuitable Plants for Winemaking Index