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Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Make extraordinary homemade wines from everything but grapes! In this refreshingly unique take on winemaking, Patti Vargas and Rich Gulling offer 125 recipes for unusual wines made from herbs, fruits, flowers, and honey. Learn to use ingredients from your farmers’ market, grocery store, or even your own backyard to make deliciously fermented drinks. Lemon-Thyme Metheglin, ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 8th 1999 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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SterlingSpider
Jun 21, 2009 SterlingSpider rated it really liked it
I'm going to break my review of this book into two components, the instructions and the recipes.

Instructions:
Simple and straightforward, this would be a great book for someone starting out in the hobby. The directions are of the "tried and true" variety with a few procedural options thrown in, but not enough to overwhelm (and believe me, brewing can get AWFULLY overwhelming). There's a fairly nice balance of explanation and brevity, and I appreciated that it took the time to break a few things d
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Layo
Jan 20, 2010 Layo rated it it was amazing
If you want to get into magical homebrewing, these recipes will inspire you! This book was not written from a magical perspective, but some of the ingredients are so unusual and interesting (tomato wine? almond wine? beet wine? yes!) that you will be able to find lots of magical correspondences - and the result is very palatable. This is one of the most useful books in my entire collection. It discusses techniques for making meads, fruit wines, herbal wines and floral wines, as well as wine mean ...more
Eli
Apr 01, 2015 Eli rated it really liked it
A great introduction to home wine- and mead-making, and lots of wonderful recipies I can't wait to try. Quantity vagueness was irritating - e.g., when they say to add additional sugar "a little at a time," does "a little" equal a teaspoon or a cup? There were others, as well, but with a few other reference books and assistance from experienced brewers, these things should sort themselves out. I know I have a lot more to learn than any one book can teach me, but this was a great one to start with ...more
AJ
Nov 15, 2014 AJ rated it liked it
This book is filled with a lot of unique recipes, but I found most of them to be either too adventurous to try or too reliant on honey. Definitely try this out if you're into things like cornmeal wine or beet wine or any kind of mead.
Elisabeth
Apr 28, 2011 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
I'm very inspired by this book. Haven't yet tried any recipes but they look great and I can't wait to get started.
Joshua
Every "country wine" maker has their idiosyncrasy. Jagendorf's is the use of yeast on toast as a yeast nutrient, and the absence of modern tannin, acid blend, and yeast nutrients. Vargas& Gulling have a fondness for using orange juice as a yeast starter (they do this in nearly *every* recipe in the book), approximately 1.5 cup in a gallon (roughly 5% of the volume of their 1 gallon recipe). I suppose this serves as an acid source (they tend not to use acid blend in the recipes), but might ad ...more
Justin
Sep 08, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for beginners or novices alike! Lots of recipes. I got this one on my kindle unlimited free trial and now that it is over I will have to buy it, there are many recipes I want to try.
Jennifer
Mar 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all home wine makers
Shelves: wine-and-food
Interested in starting to make wine at home? this book is an excellent guide with tips, tools, and recipes for non-grape wines. It's easy to read and handle (even when you are up to your eyeballs in blackberries) and has great notes with many of the wines.
Jeffrey
Jun 08, 2011 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Shelves: home, sustainability
Mostly a recipe book, but with a decent beginners how-to section. Concentrates on 1 gallon batches, which surprises me, since you need to wait so much longer (than beer, which is usually a 5 gallon batch) before you can drink.
James B
Jun 17, 2009 James B rated it liked it
Well most of the book is just recipes-- so I didn't read every single one.
But I've tried out two recipes-
Strawberry wine and strawberry mead.
It'll be a while before we know how it turns out.
Colin Price
Sep 01, 2012 Colin Price rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It is pretty much exactly what the title says it is. As something that leans more toward being a recipe book, it does assume that the reader has some basic understanding of the fermenting process.
Noah Stacy
Dec 21, 2008 Noah Stacy marked it as to-read
Interesting--should look into this if I get back into winemaking.
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