The Stuff of Poetry – Mead

Written by Paul Rinehart

People have been drinking fermented beverages sincerepparttar dawn of civilization. At first,repparttar 151111 production of alcohol may have been accidental. Over time, it became an art.

Mead is a beverage made from fermented honey. This very drink wasrepparttar 151112 founding father of wine and beer. A purist might just stick to justrepparttar 151113 simplest recipe of honey, water, and yeast, but some people, like myself, add a few additional ingredients to complimentrepparttar 151114 main ingredient.

My first introduction to mead was on my birthday. I prepared a medieval feast, each ingredient carefully chosen to be historically accurate or at least as accurate as it could be. A friend of mine brought along mead made by a brewery also known for brewing Tej, an Ethiopian honey wine. It was a welcome accompaniment torepparttar 151115 sweet and savory flavors ofrepparttar 151116 various medieval dishes.

I acquired a taste for mead while in Denmark. I was attending a folk school, and two of our favored activities were singing and drinking. A local liquor store carried mead in a ceramic bottle. The label depicted two Vikings, who seemed rather happy enjoying their brew out of horns. My friends and I started having little parties we appropriately dubbed “Viking Giggle Fest.”

After school ended, I returned home. I yearned to make mead. I had been brewing for years, but most of these experiments ended in failure. This time around I was determined to make something drinkable. My first batch was rather scaled down. I boiled honey in water, let it cool to room temperature, added yeast, and set it aside to ferment for two weeks. I wanted to try it, so afterrepparttar 151117 two weeks were up, I decided to try it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t wonderful either. It showed signs of carbonation, its bubbles gently tickled my palate. The taste was a little watered down, but I was working off of a theory and not off of a recipe.

Perfect Pot Coffee from Gabby Goodies

Written by Shannon Barnard

I hadrepparttar pleasure of trying two flavors of Gabby Goodies Perfect Pot Coffee from Patty King ( They are called perfect pots becauserepparttar 151110 packages containrepparttar 151111 perfect amount of coffee for one pot. Of course, you can adjustrepparttar 151112 amount of coffee or water to meet your preference. When I openedrepparttar 151113 package,repparttar 151114 sweet smell of flavored coffee filledrepparttar 151115 room. The Cookies and Cream flavor is rich, with a nice aftertaste of cookies (without all ofrepparttar 151116 calories!) The Almond Amaretto has a wonderful almond fragrance and a taste to match. I

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