Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation Paperback – Sep 18 1998
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Filled with nourishment for the soul, body, and mind, this book is a unique view of the intersection between herbal medicine and fermentation. It will delight anyone interests in herbs, honey, brewing and folktales. Great Book! -- Susan S. Weed, Author of Healing Wise
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Fermentation and plant use--as medicine, as psychotropics, as teachers, as companions on life's path--are an inescapable part of our exploration of what it means to be human. Thus, this book conflicts with a number of popular beliefs about alcohol, plants, and the nature of material reality. It is, therefore, not politically correct.
. . . The ancient beers, created . . . between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago, were quite different from what we know as beer today. Many were sacred beers, and hundreds contained medicinal herbs.--From the book
The author's beautiful and provocative exploration of the sacredness and folklore of ancient fermentation is revealed through 200 plants and hive products. Includes 120 recipes for ancient and indigenous beers and meads from 31 countries and six continents--and the most complete evaluation of honey ever published.See all Product Description
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As for the beers themselves, Buhner takes a relaxed attitude. Indigenous people make beer without fancy equipment, and we can too. What matters most is what tastes good to us--which means we have to do a lot of experimenting! There are lots of recipes to try here, from the Middle Ages up to the present. But the choice is not as wide as it first looks, because not all of the ingredients are easily available. If you get into this, the next book you'll want may be "The Brewer's Garden."
never brewed beer/ale before, I was able to
brew a satisfactory batch of gruit ale, from the
information provided and homebrewing guidelines
freely available online.
Next, I'm going to try saffron ale. Maybe others
Also, in response to an earlier post, the section
on henbane ale is extremely clear on the hazards
involved. Buhner has great respect for the
powers of the plants he uses.
The author's point of view is spiritual rather than scientific. It's ironic in the section about the "Corn Woman" that he makes a nod to science, but in general his view of the scientific method is antagonistic. It would have been nice to see a *balance* between the scientific and the spiritual instead.
In closing: nice effort; and yes, worth buying, especially if you are a serious brewer...but BE CAREFUL.
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Great book - really effectively shows the magic of fermentation.Published 21 months ago by Chainpixie
The simplicity with which the information was presented was most attractive. Being a person who thinks taking personal responsibility for my health this book has provide multiple... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2013 by Phyllis Chubb
This book is an incredible introduction to fermenting and making your own beer, wine, and mead. Save money at the liquor store while healing yourself with fermented herbs.Published on Dec 28 2013 by dustin johnston
Reductionists will hate this book (it will give them "greif" as the last reviewer says) but if you want something more than the usual beer book (hops, yeast, malt, water,... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
What promises to be an interesting book is loaded with new-age claptrap and vague sourcing. The recipes would be good; if you are a risk-taker.Published on July 16 2004 by Kyle Lerfald