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A Sip Through Time A Must Have Book For All Home Brewers

Updated on October 20, 2014
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

5 stars for A Sip Through Time
A Sip Through Time Cover
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Any Brewer With An Interest In History Should Read This Book

A friend sent me this book for Christmas, and I have to say I was astounded. First I was shocked I'd never come across it before, second because it is the perfect book for me. I brew mead, I got interested in brewing through the SCA, a historical re-enacting group. Naturally I love old recipes, especially for mead related ones.

This book is not just for mazers (brewers of mead), but for home beer brewers, home wine makers, and home liqueur makers. It has directions for distillation too, but you really shouldn't follow them, distillation is dangerous and illegal in most locations, but its fun to read the old methods for distillation non the less.

Best Brewing Book I Have Ever Read

This is by far my favourite book on brewing in my collection. It has recipes from a variety of time periods and sources. If you have ever considered brewing a historically accurate beverage this is the book you should use. I have brewed a number of recipes from this book in the past and plan on doing more. I developed a campfire mead recipe for a class at an SCA event based on a recipe from Kenelm Digby, while I got the recipe from Digby's closet opened it is also contained in this book.

A Sip Through Time: A Collection Of Old Brewing Recipes
A Sip Through Time: A Collection Of Old Brewing Recipes

This is by far the best book of recipes for homebrewers. Doesn't matter if you brew beer, make wine, or produce mead. This book has all the recipes you'll ever need from quality historical references. If you've ever wanted to brew your own beer, wine, or mead at home you will want this book.


Inspiration for a Book

My fiance and I have decided to write a cookbook (hopefully series) of historical recipes redacted for the modern cook. I am responsible for the beverages sections and this book is serving as my inspiration for finding great sources.

Her first cookbook is a complete redaction of Forme of Cury a well known medieval cookbook. My first cookbook will be a redaction of Sir Kenelm Digby's Closet Reopened by Sir Kenelm Digby.

Forme of Cury has been redacted in parts numerous times, most famously in Plyne Delit. Plyne Delit redacts a variety of medieval recipes, many from Forme of Cury. My fiance noticed that many of the redactions, not just the ones from Plyne Delit, but from all sources, are just plain wrong. In one case a pigeon stewed in wine became a chicken stew, two totally different things and not at all the same.

While Digby's Closet is used as a reference by meadmakers everywhere, I haven't seen a serious attempt to redact the recipes to useful ones.

© 2013 Jeff Johnston

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