Book: Making Wild Wines and Meads
For some reason, the staff here at Liquor Snob have had a wild hair this autumn to try our hands at making our own wine. We've done some brewing in the past (we're no Brew Dudes, but we can hold our own), but winemaking has always seemed daunting. There's the longer maturation period, for one thing, and while we'd guzzle pretty much anything beer-shaped, we've been worried that our natural laxity about things like "cleanliness" and "reading directions" would leave us holding whole mess of vinegar.
Nevertheless, we decided to start out with some country wine, made with fruit we've picked ourselves, and we've got the Fruit Wine Making Kit to prove it. Our only problem? A complete and total lack of knowhow about how to get started or even what to make. Which is where Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More (Amazon) comes in. With more than 100 recipes, including mead for when we're feeling a bit renaissance faire, we're sure there's a wine in there we'll be able to make without embarrassing ourselves. Here's hoping, anyway.
Making Wild Wines and Meads
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 5, 2009 11:03 PM
Mead is pretty easy to make as well. The Brew Dudes are going to make some soon. Honey, water, yeast, time...Geez, we can get all 4 if we really try.
We just make a cider using my grandfather's old press. We'll know how that turns out in February...
Everyone should brew their own!
I got this book back when I started making my own wine; It is good, but not the best. Wine is simple, to be honest, everyone thinks it is harder than it is. You can crank out some damn good wine with little effort and no budget. Don't even attempt to make what I call "store wine" just make some stuff that tastes good to you and gets you ripped off your ass. Call me when it is done, I will bring my brew club with me for a party at YOUR place!