Ancient Egyptian inspired homebrew

Heavy emphasis on “inspired” with no claims at authenticity. Brewed with no hops, because that didn’t become the norm until the Middle Ages as there’s no evidence of hops from Ancient Egypt. Instead, I used rosemary and coriander, two herbs that are prevalent in the archaeological record of Ancient Egypt. It was a very rough…

Dogfish Head Theobroma, Mayan & Aztec Cacao Beer

After a couple months of it tempting me in the fridge, I finally cracked open my bottle of Dogfish Head Theobroma. This is an ancient-inspired beer with a kick. From the bottle: Theobroma, or “Food of the Gods,” is a recreation of the premiere chocolate beverage of the Americas, intended only for the gods, kings,…

Pooka Berry Goblin Ale

The mischievous creature of Irish folklore known as the pooka (phouka, phooca, púka) is a shapeshifter taking on many forms … a black horse, goat, rabbit, or — in my domestic situation — a tubby hairless harlequin sphynx cat. The pooka may be kind as a beloved pet or wicked as a black-hearted goblin. The…

You don’t need an expensive grain mill

Yes, the fancy grain mills available at fine online vendors like MoreBeer are lustworthy, but the cheapest they offer, the Victoria, is still $60. (Incidentally, my money’s on it having been named after the time-honored default voice on the Mac.) Wanting to brew some beer today and not having sufficient milled grain on hand (but…

Krampuslauf: Ein Holiday Ale Mit Horns

An annual Christmastime tradition in my Germanic household is the brewing of Glühwein, an alcoholic beverage of hot red wine spiced with clove, star anise, cinnamon, orange, and plenty of sugar. Mulled wine is a popular Yuletide drink with many European cultures, like Sweden’s glögg and the Netherlands’ bisschopswijn. Fun fact: hot spiced wine is…

IPA Honey Oat Homebrewed Beer Grain Bread

Throwing out those precious beer grains after barely steeping them in hot water for 20 minutes seems like such a waste and tears at my environmentalist heartstrings. So, as with many environmentally conscious brewers, I’ve taken to re-purposing those “spent grains” in various ways.

Ancient Egyptian Beer and Wine

I recently published a couple episodes of my Ancient Art Podcast exploring beer and wine in Ancient Egypt. While my Homebrew Blog resides in the same household as my Ancient Art Podcast, I nonetheless feel inclined to mention those episodes here. Check ’em out: Beer in Ancient Egypt http://www.ancientartpodcast.org/episode51 Wine in Ancient Egypt http://www.ancientartpodcast.org/episode52