Brewers Guild Library

Introduction to Brewing
INFO:Caid Guild Links * Judging Forms * Other Brewers Guilds * Articles & Class Notes * Newsletters * Books
RECIPES: Modern Recipes * SCA Brewing Recipes & Research * Period Recipes * Historical Brewing Publications

Guild Links
Judging forms: Beverage and Food
Guild Artwork
Guild Facebook group*
Guild website
Guild Entry on*

Intro To Brewing
Basic Brewing: Introduction to Meads, Wines, Beers, Cordials, and Exotics* by Lord Tadhg macAedain uiChonchobhair
Yet Another Newbie Guide to BrewingBy HL Ronan Meade
Mead in the SCA: Part 1 – “How to Get Started”*

SCA Brewing Recipes & Research
Recreating Medieval English Ales by Tofi Kerthjalfadsson* a recreation of late 13th – 14th c. unhopped English ales.
An Arab Mead by Forester Nigel FitzMaurice* a brief paper on a peculiar drug found in an Arab formulary, which could easily become a pyment mead.
Five Arabic Elixirs by Forester Nigel FitzMaurice*
a short paper on several 9th century Iraqi medicinal preparations which could easily be the basis for basic cordials. This is the same formulary noted in the above paper “An Arab Mead”, and contains that recipe, with the original measuring units given.
A Miscellany of Early Cordials by Forester Nigel FitzMaurice* a collection of cordial recipes
A Recipe for Spiced Wine by Forester Nigel FitzMaurice*
 a brief commentary on a claree recipe found in a late-13th century Anglo-Norman manuscript.
Sekanjubins and Oxymels by Forester Nigel FitzMaurice* a short review of these non-alcoholic preparations found throughout the Middle East. This paper is the basis for a class I teach on the topic.
Master Terafan Greydragon’s Beer Recipes of the Month* German Wheat Beer and William Harrison’s Wife’s Ale
Master Terafan Greydragon’s Mead ( or Honey based) Recipes* several mead recipes

Historical Brewing Publications
The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened by Kenelm Digby* 1669. Project Gutenberg
The Queen-like Closet or Rich Cabinet* 1670. Project Gutenberg
The London and Country Brewer* 1736. Project Gutenberg

Period Recipes
Anglo-Saxon and Viking Brewing*
Sahti – A Remnant of Finland’s Rustic Past – Brewing*
Age, Clarity, and Smoke in Medieval Beers*
Cindy Renfrow – A Sip Through Time – Recipes*

Modern Recipes
Almond Liqueur* by Lynnette de Sandoval
Boysenberry Mead* by Lynnette de Sandoval
Brandied Lemonade* by Donal O’Brien
Chocolate Covered, Almond Stuffed, Brandied Cherries* by Lynnette de Sandoval
Basic Hippocras Recipe* by Donal O’Brien
Pyment (aka Ypocras, Hypocrass)* by Lynnette de Sandoval
Rumtopf – Documentation and Care and Feeding* by Lynnette de Sandoval
Make Your Own Sodas* by Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Syrups, By Primary Ingredient Compiled by Baroness Selene Colfox 30+ Medieval syrup recipes. They use: sugar, honey, vinegar, flowers, fruit, and/or herbs.
Brewed Holiday Gift Ideas* by Lynnette de Sandoval

Articles & Class Notes
Don’t Sass Me About Sassafras!* By Journeyman Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios
Anatomy of a Bottle Label* By Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Brewing Documentation Examples
Beginning Brewing Class Notes (PDF)* By Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Another Beginning Brewing Class Notes* By Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Varietal – A Brewer’s Friend (PDF) Class handout By Brewmaster Jeanne Marie Lacroix
Basic Wine Making Class Notes (PDF)* By Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Techniques of Making Grape Wine* by Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Intermediate / Advanced Brewing Notes (PDF)* By Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
Miscellaneous Brewing Notes (PDF)* By Brewmaster Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling

Caid Guild Newsletters
In Vino Veritas – Fall 2010 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Winter 2009 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Spring 2009 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Spring 2008 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Fall Winter 2007 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Summer 2007 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Spring 2007 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Fall / Winter 2005 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Summer 2005 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Spring 2005 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Winter 2004 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Summer 2004 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Spring 2004 – PDF
In Vino Veritas – Winter 2003 – PDF

Other Brewers Guilds
Kingdom of Aethelmearc Brewer’s Guild
Kingdom of Atenveldt Brewer’s Guild
Kingdom of Atlantia Brewers Guild
Calontir Brewers’ Guild Yahoo Group* and Facebook page*
The East Kingdom Brewers’ Guild
Kingdom of Lochac Brewers, Vintners and Imbibers Guild
Kingdom of the Outlands Guild of Brewers and Spirit Makers
Trimaris Brewers Facebook Page*
Kingdom of the West Brewers’ Guild
Principality of the Mists (West) Brewers’ Guild Page
Inter Kingdom Brewers Guild
Medieval Brewers Home Page*
Medieval/Renaissance Brewing Homepage*


Beer & Ale * Cordials * Cognac * Whiskey * Vodka * Rum * Mead * Liqueurs * Cider * Vinegar * Honey * Sugar * Brewing * Cooking * Food & Drink * Recipes * Herbal / Spices * Miscellaneous

Reference sources from Scum*, the newsletter of the AEthelmearc/East brewers guilds


Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women’s Work in a Changing World 1300-1600.
Bennet, Judith M. Bennett. Oxford University Press, 1996;ISBN10 0195126505, ISBN13 9780195126501

Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers
Buhner, Stephen Harrod. Siris Books, 1998;

ISBN10 0937381667, ISBN13 9780937381663

Ale & Beer: A Curious History
Butcher, Alan D. McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1989;

ISBN10 0771017979, ISBN13 9780771017971

Beer and Brewing in Pre-Industrial Denmark
Glamann, Kristof. University Press of Southern Denmark, 2006;

ISBN10 8776740684, ISBN13 9788776740689

Brew like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and how to Brew Them
Hieronymus, Stan. Brewers Publications, October 2005;

ISBN10 093738187X, ISBN13 9780937381878

A History of Beer and Brewing
Hornsey, Ian. The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2003;

ISBN10 0854046305, ISBN13 9780854046300

The Encircling Hop – a History of Hops and Brewing
Lawrence, Margaret. Sawd Publications, 1990;

ISBN10 1872489036, ISBN13 9781872489032

All About Beer
Porter, John. Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1975;

ISBN10 0385018851, ISBN13 9780385018852

Beer: A History of Suds and Civilization from Mesopotamia to Microbreweries
Smith, Gregg. Avon Books, 1995-12;

ISBN10 0380780518, ISBN13 9780380780518

Ale and Hearty: Gleaning from the history of brews and brewing
Wykes, Alan. Jupiter Books Limited, 1979;

ISBN 0906379008

Brewing with Wheat: The ‘Wit’ and ‘Weizen’ of World Wheat Beer Styles
Hieronymus, Stan. Brewers Publications, 2010;

ISBN10 0937381950, ISBN13 9780937381953

The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe
Nelson, Max. Routledge, 2008;

ISBN10 0415486920, ISBN13 9780415486927

All About Beer
Porter, John. Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1975;

ISBN10 0385018851, ISBN13 9780385018852

Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Unger, Richard W. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004;

ISBN10 0812237951, ISBN13 9780812237955

Alewife’s Garden: 7 Radical Weeds for Brewing Herbal Ales
VanNostrand, Jillian and Christie V. Sarles. Radical Weeds, 2002;

ISBN10 0966424638, ISBN13 9780966424638


The Earliest Printed Book on Wine
Arnald of Villanova, Henry Ernest Sigerist, tr. and Wilhelm von Hirnkofen, tr. Schuman’s, 1943;
ISBN10 B0006AQA30, ISBN13 N/A Bamforth, Charles W.

Grape vs. Grain:
A Historical, Technological, and Social Comparison of Wine and Beer

Cambridge University Press, 2008;
ISBN10 0521849373, ISBN13 9780521849371

Country Wines and Cordials.
Charles, Bernard and Arthur Turner. Marshall Cavendish, 1980;
ISBN10 0856858560, ISBN13 9780856858567

Vinum: The Story of Roman Wine
Fleming, Stuart. Art Flair Publications, 2001;
ISBN10 0971274207, ISBN13 9780971274204

Hugh Johnson’s Story of Wine
Johnson, Hugh. Mitchell Beazley Ltd, 1998
ISBN10 1840001208, ISBN13 9781840001204

Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture
McGovern, Patrick E. Princeton University Press, 2003;
ISBN10 0691070806, ISBN13 9780691070803

Making Mead Honey Wine: History, Recipes, Methods and Equipment
Morse, Roger A. Wicwas Press, 1980;
ISBN10 1878075047, ISBN13 9781878075048

Wine: The 8,000-Year-Old Story of the Wine Trade
Pellechia, Thomas. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006;
ISBN10 1560258713, ISBN13 9781560258711

A Short History of Wine
Phillips, Rod. HarperCollins Publishers, 2001;
ISBN10 0066212820, ISBN13 9780066212821

Jancis Robinson’s Guide to Wine Grapes
Robinson, Jancis. Oxford University Press, 1996;
ISBN10 0198600984, ISBN13 9780198600985

Wine and the Vine: An Historical Geography of Viticulture and the Wine Trade
Unwin, Tim. Routledge, 1991;
ISBN10 0415031206, ISBN13 9780415031202

Cordials From Your Kitchen
Vargas, Pattie and Rich Gulling. Storey Books, 1997;
ISBN10 0882669869, ISBN13 9780882669861

Water of Life: A History of Wine-Distilling and Spirits from 500 BC to 2000 AD
Wilson, C. Anne. Prospect Books, 2006;
ISBN10 1903018463, ISBN13 9781903018460


Cognac: A Liquid History
Calabrese, Salvatore. Sterling Publishing Company, 2002;
ISBN10 0304358746, ISBN13 9780304358748


1000 Years of Irish Whiskey
Magee, Malachy. The O’Brien Press, 1980;
ISBN10 0905140710, ISBN13 9780905140711


A History of Vodka
Pokhlebkin, Willian and Renfrey Clarke, tr. Verson, 1991, 1992;
ISBN10 0860913597, ISBN13 9780860913597


Rum: A Social and Sociable History
Williams, Ian. Nation Books, 2006;
ISBN10 1560258918, ISBN13 9781560258919


Making Medieval Mead or, Mead Before Digby
Krupp, Christina M. and Bill Gillen.
The Compleat Anachronist #120 (Summer 2003)
The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., 2003;

The Compleat Meadmaker
Schramm, Ken. Brewers Publications, 2003;
ISBN10 0937381802, ISBN13 9780937381809

Mad about Mead!
Spence, Pamela. Llewellyn Publications, 1997;
ISBN10 1567186831, ISBN13 9781567186833

Making Wild Wines & Meads
Vargas, Pattie and Rich Gulling. Storey Books, 1999;
ISBN10 1580171826, ISBN13 9781580171823


Homemade Liqueurs
Meilach, Dona and Mel Meilach. Contemporary Books, Inc., 1979;
ISBN10 0809271370, ISBN13 9780809271375


The History and Virtues of Cyder
French, Roger K. St Martins Press, 1982;
ISBN10 0312374127, ISBN13 9780312374129

The American Cider Book: The Story of America’s Natural Beverage
Orton, Vrest. North Point Press, 1973, 1995;
ISBN10 0865474842, ISBN13 9780865474840

Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, 2nd Edition
Proulx, Annie and Lew Nichols. Storey Publishing, 1998;
ISBN10 0882669699, ISBN13 9780882669694

Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own
Watson, Ben. The Countryman Press, 1999;
ISBN10 0881504688, ISBN13 9780881504682


Vinegar – The User-Friendly Standard Text Reference & Guide to Appreciating, Making, and Enjoying Vinegar
Diggs, Lawrence J. Authors Choice Press, 2000;
ISBN10 059514716X, ISBN13 9780595147168

Balsamico!: A Balsamic Vinegar Cookboo
Johns, Pamela Sheldon. Ten Speed Press, 1999;
ISBN10 1580080308, ISBN13 9781580080309

Making Vinegar at Home, Revised Edition
Romanowski, Frank, Mark F. Larrow, and Gail Canon.
Beer & Winemaking Supplies, Inc., 1984, 2000;


Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey – The Sweet Liquid God That Seduced the World
Bishop, Holley. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, 2005;
ISBN10 0743250214, ISBN13 9780743250214

Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee
 Ellis, Hattie  Crown Publishing Group, 2005;
ISBN10 1400054052, ISBN13 9781400054053

The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us
Wilson, Bee  St. Martin’s Press, 2006;
ISBN10 0312342616, ISBN13 9780312342616


Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar
Macinnis, Peter. Allen & Unwin, 2002;
ISBN10 1865086576, ISBN13 9781865086576

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
Mintz, Sidney W. Penguin Books, 1985;
ISBN10 0140092331, ISBN13 9780140092332

Tropical Babylons: Sugar and the Making of the Atlantic World, 1450-1680
Wilson, Bee. The University of North Carolina Press, 2004l
ISBN10 0807855383, ISBN13 9780807855386


Don’t Panic, a Beginner’s Guide to Brewing
Coyle, Timothy. House of Zacharia Press, 1992

The Complete Handbook of Home Brewing
Miller, Dave Garden Way Publishing, 1988;
ISBN10 0882665227, ISBN13 9780882665221

Homebrewing for Dummies
Nachel, Marty Wiley Publishing, Inc., 1997;
ISBN10 0764550462, ISBN13 9780764550461

The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, 3rd Edition
Papazian, Charlie HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2003;
ISBN10 0060531053, ISBN13 9780060531058

The Homebrewer’s Garden: How to Easily Grow, Prepare and Use Your Own Hops, Malts, Brewing Herbs
Fisher, Joe and Dennis Fisher Storey Publishing, LLC. 1998;
ISBN10 1580170102, ISBN13 9781580170109


Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery
Hess, Kare Columbia University Press, 1981, 1995;
ISBN10 0231049315, ISBN13 9780231049313

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
McGee, Harold Collier Books, 1984;
ISBN 0020346212

Delightes for Ladies: One of the Earliest Cookery and Household Recipe Books
Plat, Hugh Crosby Lockwood, 1948;


Food and Feast in Tudor England
Sim, Alison Sutton Publishing, 1997;
ISBN10 0750914769, ISBN13 9780750914765

Food in History
Tannahill, Reay Penguin Books, 1973, 1988;
ISBN10 014010206X, ISBN13 9780140102062

Food & Drink in Britain From the Stone Age to the 19th Century
Wilson, C. Ann Academy Chicago Publishers, 1973, 1991;
ISBN10 0897334876, ISBN13 9780897334877


The Elixirs of Nostradamus: Nostradamus’ Original Recipes for Elixirs, Scented Waters, Beauty Potions and Sweetmeats
Boeser, Knut. Moyer Bell, 1996;
ISBN10 1559211555, ISBN13 9781559211550

Penn Family Recipes: Cooking Recipes of William Penn’s Wife Gulielma
Penn, Gulielma Maria Springett and Evelyn Abraham Benson, ed. George Shumway, 1966;

A Sip Through Time – A Collection of Old Brewing Recipes
Renfrow, Cindy Cindy Renfrow, 1994;
ISBN10 0962859834, ISBN13 9780962859830

Ladie Borlase’s Receiptes Booke
Schoonover, David E, ed. University of Iowa Press, 1998;
ISBN10 0877456364, ISBN13 9780877456360


Culpeper’s Complete Herbal
Culpeper, Nicholas Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 1995;
ISBN10 1853263451, ISBN13 9781853263453

Dangerous Tastes: The Story of Spices
Dalby, Andrew University of California Press, 2002;
ISBN10 0520236742, ISBN13 9780520236745

Between East and West: The Moluccas and the Traffic in Spices up to the Arrival of Europeans
Donkin, Robin A American Philosophical Society, 2003;
ISBN10 0871692481, ISBN13 9780871692481

An Aztec Herbal: The Classic Codex of 1552
Gates, William Dover Publications, Inc., 1939, 2000;
ISBN10 0486411303, ISBN13 9780486411309

The Spice Route: A History
Keay, John University of California Press, 2006;
ISBN10 0520248961, ISBN13 9780520248960

The Spice Trade of the Roman Empire, 29 B.C. to A.D. 641
Miller, James Innes Oxford University Press, 1969, 1998;
ISBN10 0198142641, ISBN13 9780198142645

Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
Schivelbusch, Wolfgang Vintage Books, 1992;
ISBN10 067974438X, ISBN13 9780679744382

Gerards Herbal History of Plants
Woodward, Marcus, ed. Senate, 1998;
ISBN10 1859580513, ISBN13 9781859580516


The English Alehouse: A Social History, 1200-1830.
Clark, Peter A. Longman Publishing Group, 1983;
ISBN10 0582508355, ISBN13 9780582508354

The English Housewife
by Gervase Markham. Best, Michael R., ed. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1986, 1998, 2003;
ISBN10 0773511032, ISBN13 9780773511033

Alcohol in Ancient Mexico
Bruman, Henry J, University of Utah Press, 2000;
ISBN10 0874806585, ISBN13 9780874806588

The Scents of Eden: A History of the Spice Trade
Corn, Charles. Kodansha Internation, 1999;
ISBN10 1568362498, ISBN13 9781568362496

The Good Huswifes Jewell and the Second Part of the Good Huswifes Jewel
Dawson, Thomas. Walter J. Johnson, Inc., 1977;
ISBN10 9022108651, ISBN13 9789022108659

Food and Drink in Medieval Poland
Dembinska, Maria and William Woys Weaver. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1963, 1999;
ISBN10 0812232240, ISBN13 9780812232240

The Boke of Keruynge (Book of Carving)
de Worde, Wynken and Peter Brears. Southover Press, 2003;
ISBN10 1870962192, ISBN13 9781870962193

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food: Processing and Consumption
Hagen, Ann. Anglo-Saxon Books, 1992;
ISBN10 0951620983, ISBN13 9780951620984

A Second Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food & Drink: Production & Distribution
Hagen, Ann. Anglo-Saxon Books, 1995;
ISBN10 1898281122, ISBN13 9781898281122

Women and Work in Preindustrial Europe
Hanawalt, Barbara A. ed. Indiana University Press, 1986;
ISBN10 0253203678, ISBN13 978025320367

The Description of England: The Classic Contemporary Account of Tudor Social Life
Harrison, William. Dover Publications, 1994;
ISBN10 0486282759, ISBN13 9780486282756

Cognac: The Seductive Saga of the World’s Most Coveted Spiri
Jarrard, Kyle. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005;
ISBN10 0471459445, ISBN13 9780471459446

Alcohol, Sex, and Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Martin, A. Lynn. Palgrave Macmillan, 2001;
ISBN10 0312234147, ISBN13 9780312234140

The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible
Pouncy, Carolyn Johnston, ed. Cornell University Press, 1994;
ISBN10 0801496896, ISBN13 9780801496899

The Goodman of Paris
Power, Eileen, tr. The Boydell Press, 2006;
ISBN10 1843832224, ISBN13 9781843832225

Country House Brewing in England 1500-1900
Sambrook, Pamela. The Hambledon Press, 1996;
ISBN10 1852851279, ISBN13 9781852851279

Viandier Of Taillevent: An edition of all extant manuscripts
Scully, Terrence. University of Ottawa Press, 2007;
ISBN10 0776601741, ISBN13 9780776601748

Bread and Salt: A Social and Economic History of Food and Drink in Russia
Scully, Terrence. Cambridge University Press, 2008;
ISBN10 0521089638, ISBN13 9780521089630

The Brewmaster’s Bible
Snyder, Stephen. HarperPerennial, 1997;
ISBN10 0060952164, ISBN13 9780060952167

Spurling, Hilary. Elinor Fettiplace’s Receipt Book
Viking Adult, 1987;
ISBN10 0670815926, ISBN13 9780670815920

The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie, Kt., Opened 1669
Stevenson, Jane and Peter Davidson, ed. Prospect Books, 1997;
ISBN10 0907325769, ISBN13 9780907325765

Spice: The History of a Temptation
Turner, Jack. Vintage Books, 2004;
ISBN10 0375707050, ISBN13 9780375707056

The Great Household in Late Medieval England
Woolgar, C. M. Yale University Press, 1999;
ISBN10 0300076878, ISBN13 9780300076875