Once a staple in homes across the world, and found along every highland, highway, and hedgerow, the forgotten elderberry is making a comeback. Its popularity as medicine is surging, its choice as an edible landscaping plant is growing, and its use for wine-making and crafts is being rediscovered.
Spanning history and geography, The Elderberry Book takes you on an adventure, deepening your appreciation of a plant that has played a crucial role across the world for thousands of years. Through this fun, inspirational, and educational resource, discover:
• Elderberry's amazing history
• Cultivating and foraging, from the balcony to the backyard
• Various traditional food and medicine preparations
• Simple wine-making techniques
• Traditional crafts and tools
This is the definitive guide to the many uses of elderberry; no matter where you are, humankind's oldest plant friend can provide you with anything from syrup to wine to dyes, and more.
Amber Shehan makes home brewing a breeze for beginners and experts alike with smaller 1-gallon (3.8-liter) recipes that reduce the time, money and energy needed to create delicious brews all year long. Enjoy the nuanced flavors of homebrews like tart Orange-Hibiscus Cider, palate-cleansing Peppermint Wine, or soothing Vanilla Bean and Chamomile Mead.
As an herbalist, Shehan showcases her knowledge of culinary and medicinal herbs, wildflowers and plants in this incredible collection of deliciously infused brews that are both intoxicating and tonic. Rosemary and Clementine Mead is the perfect refresher for a warm summer evening and Spiced Pomegranate Wine will warm you right up on the coldest of winter days. With inventive, potent recipes and all the brewing know-how you need to get started or build your skills, Artisanal Small-Batch Brewing is your go-to guide for creating memorable brews beloved by all.
There's no feeling quite like cooking with homegrown carrots or grabbing a fresh handful of cilantro from your own yard. Well, unless you're growing fruits, vegetables or grains for brewing, that is. Gardening for the Homebrewer is an introduction to the wide variety of plants that you can use for fermentations or infusions. Learn how to tell if your yard is a perfect site for barley or whether it's better suited to a fragrant collection of herbs. Learn how to grow, dry and store fresh hops. Or go off the beaten path and grow everything you need for your first gruit, cider, perry or fruit wine. Have just a balcony or a windowsill? No problem! A variety of plant recommendations will suit gardeners of all types, even ones with limited space.
If you've been thinking of trying your hand at home winemaking, delay no longer! It’s easier than you think to make wonderful wine at home. Get started today with this practical guide to making your first bottle of perfect homemade wine.
Author Lori Stahl demystifies essential winemaking techniques with friendly, jargon-free instructions and gorgeous color photography. She begins by taking you step by step through making wine from a kit, and then shows you how to go beyond the kit with creative additions. Soon you’ll be making your own flavorful wine from fresh grapes, apples, berries, and even flowers and herbs.
This home winemaking companion offers a wide selection of seasonal winemaking recipes, new twists on traditional favorites, and sweet ways to enjoy and indulge in the wines you create. Even if you have never made wine before, Making Your Own Wine at Home will show you everything you need to master an intriguing and rewarding new hobby.
Today's renewed interest in making wine and beer at home amounts to nothing less than a renaissance. No matter why you want to join the new generation of homebrewers -- to complement your cooking, to save money or simply for a truly rewarding hobby -- Strong Waters will tell you how.
In this do-it-yourself guide, Scott Mansfield makes a grand tradition accessible for today's enthusiasts. Beginners will welcome his tips for getting started inexpensively with everyday materials, and experienced hobbyists will be inspired by recipes for longtime favorites and forgotten delights, including:
Worried that making your own spirits is complicated? Don't be! Strong Waters covers everything from the basics of bottling to the science of sweetening. It's surprisingly easy, and as eight pages of color photos illustrate, the results are tantalizing. Cheers!
Although mead may have been “discovered,” as some suggest, when one of our not-yet-upright forebears got a little sloppy with the honey and water he left sloshing in a clay vessel, rest assured that The Complete Guide to Making Mead is a thoroughly modern and authoritative guide. Award-winning mead-maker Steve Piatz begins with a rundown of the various types of mead, along with the available honey varieties and the characteristics they impart. Readers also learn about yeasts and special ingredients, as well as the equipment needed to successfully begin making mead.
Piatz shows the steps involved in making a batch of mead, stressing his no-boil process, the use of healthy yeast, and the staggered addition of yeast nutrients. He even introduces advanced techniques like clarifying, aging, blending, and recipe development.
Illustrated with color photography throughout, this book encourages further discovery with the inclusion of more than two dozen of the author’s recipes for meads of all types. With information sure to appeal to stone-cold beginners and seasoned veterans alike, The Complete Guide to Making Mead is the perfect starting point for the curious and an indispensable reference for the experienced.
You’re ready to try your hand at homebrewing, but you want to try something unique … and you also have no idea where to start. This is the book for you! Broken into three sections (mead, cider, and herbal wine), it will teach you what basic equipment you’ll need and what ingredients to have on hand, and author Nancy Koziol will walk you through each step of the process. Along the way, you’ll pick up some fun facts about ethical consumption, sustainable farming, and the history of these ancient brews.
Whether you want to try a simple honey mead, a crisp apple cider, or a wild wine with herbs foraged from your backyard, in these pages you’ll find the inspiration and instruction you need to follow through to the finished product. Many of these drinks are brewed in a matter of weeks rather than months, so you don’t even have to be particularly patient!
The Way to Make Wine reveals everything needed to make delicious wines, both reds and whites, from start to finish. Rich with insider know-how, this book divulges the many practical advances made in the past few decades and demonstrates that do-it-yourself winemaking is now simpler and more rewarding than ever. Straightforward illustrations of key tools and steps help make this book one-stop shopping for wine lovers, beer brewers, avid cooks, or anyone who’s ever dreamed of producing table wines at home.
This updated and expanded edition features:
• New how-to illustrations
• Tips and techniques from accomplished professional winemakers
• Up-to-date information on the rewards and challenges of running natural wine fermentations
• Fresh ways to apply your homebrewing knowledge to make remarkable reds and whites
Providing concise, clear, and practical guidance, author Sheridan Warrick shows that making your own wine is not only easy but also a pleasure.
Making wine at home just got more fun, and easier, with author Richard Bender’s experiments. Whether you’re new to winemaking or a seasoned pro, you’ll find this innovative manual accessible, thanks to its focus on small batches that require minimal equipment and that use an unexpected range of readily available fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.