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

Rich Gulling , Pattie Vargas
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Book Description

January 8, 1999
Make extraordinary homemade wines from everything BUT grapes! Exotic wines, honey meads, spicy metheglins, and fruity melomels -- there's no end to the list of delicious elixirs you can make using ingredients from your local market and even your own backyard. In Making Wild Wines & Meads, you'll find easy, step-by-step winemaking instructions plus unforgettable recipes, including Apricot Wine, Dry Mead, Marigold Wine, Almond Wine, Cherry Melomel, Cranberry Claret, Pea Pod Wine, Lemon-Thyme Metheglin, Strawberry Wine, and Rose Hip Melomel. 

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From the Back Cover

Go Wild!

Make Extraordinary Homemade Wines from Everything but Grapes!

Elegant, exotic wines, honey meads, spicy metheglins, and fruity melomels -- there's no end to great-tasting elixirs you can make using ingredients from your local market and even your own backyard!

You'll find easy, step-by-step winemaking instructions plus memorable recipes, including:

-- Apricot Wine

-- Dry Mead

-- Marigold Wine

-- Almond Wine

-- Cherry Melomel

-- Cranberry Claret

-- Peapod Wine

-- Lemon-Thyme Metheglin

--Strawberry Wine

-- Rose Hip Melomel

About the Author

Richard Gulling is co-author of Cordials from Your Kitchen and Making Wild Wines & Meads. He lives in Ohio.



Pattie Vargas is an avid home winemaker and the co-author of several books, including Cordials from Your Kitchen and Making Wild Wines & Meads. She lives in Ohio.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Revised edition (January 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580171826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580171823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
From the novice vinter to a more experienced hand, this book is one of the better ones I have seen. At the start, the author describes and explains the homewine-making process, the equiptment necessary, the "lingo", and gives a desent time-line for completion. The recipies are usually simple and are for one-gallon batches. Some are a little weird, but it does say "unusual" in the title. A definate recommendation for anyone who is avidly homebrewing wine or mead.
Wassail!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! November 4, 2004
Format:Paperback
Many years ago when I started making my own wine, I had receipes for fruit wines including Pineapple, Strawberry and even a Strawberry/Vanilla wine. I lost that small book and went without for many years. If you have any interest in making fruit and herb wines (They Make Great Gifts!) then try this book. It will keep you busy for quite some time.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very wild August 26, 2010
Format:Paperback
The title suggest "wild recipes" and I thought that recipes would be presented which you can make mainly with wild or backyard ingredients, maybe even using wild yeasts. Instead it is a pretty usual wine making book. Nearly all recipes ask for fruit juice concentrate, even for very unusual concentrates. I have no idea where to get these concentrates, certainly not in the next supermarket.
For this reason, I think that the title is very misleading as it suggests real "back to the basic" recipes.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring but some details are missing December 14, 2004
Format:Paperback
I got this book for my first winemaking book, and used one of

the blackberry wine recipes for my first batch. The recipes

are just recipes, without the minute detail, and it was hard

to turn back and forth from the recipes to the 'how to' intro

to get the general detailed steps, and there were a couple of

steps that I wasn't sure exactly what to do. Also, there are

tips I could have used, for example the siphoning; the book

makes it sound simple but it was very frustrating, and there

are tools available to start the siphon that I hope will be

very useful.

The book is very inspiring and the recipes are diverse and

interesting, I expect to use it again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding recipe resource May 13, 2004
Format:Paperback
Very Very little in this boon on the how-to of wine making but if you're an experienced wine maker and you're looking for a recipe book for mead and wine this is the one to get. Tons of stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A basic overview with a couple of neat twists December 29, 2008
Format:Paperback
I'm going to break my review of this book into two components, the instructions (which gets a 3) and the recipe section (which gets a 5).

Instructions:
Simple and straightforward, this would be a great book for someone starting out in the hobby (though probably not as a first and only book on the subject). As far as the instructions are concerned I would recommend this to anyone who has read a more detailed book on home brewing and maybe felt a little overwhelmed, but who isn't ready to give up on it. The directions are stolid, basic, "tried and true" instructions with a few procedural options thrown in, but not enough to overwhelm (and believe me, brewing can get AWFULLY overwhelming). If you're old hat at home brewing don't expect any mystical revelations, but it is probably worth taking a skim-through to get a feel for the author's intentions.

The section on sterilization was unexpectedly thin. Considering all the items they recommend you get from a brew supply already, household bleach should not be the focus of the sterilization section.

Recipes:
This is where for me this book shines. The recipes take up about 2/3 of the book and range everywhere from the tried and true classics (grape, peach, strawberry, honey) to the really outré (beet wine anyone? how about snap pea? or crabapple?). For an experienced brewer with a few books under their belt there might not be so many forays into the "wild" as the title might suggest, but the recipe list would look pretty out-there to someone primarily used to grape table wines.

There are variations of most of the wines to account for different tastes without filling half the book with tiny alterations of the same recipe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Mead Makers November 17, 2010
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I bought this book for the mead making content. It has about 40 pages of material on mead making including some excellent recipes. One of the better mead books I have read and pretty much read them all. Not necessarily for an absolute beginner but if you know a little bit about mead or wine making this is perfect for you. For example the recipes use pectic enzyme, campden tablets and wine tannin. Clearly written and easy to understand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful recipe book! July 15, 2010
By LM
Format:Paperback
This book provides a lot of good recipes for pretty much any kind of wine you could ever hope to brew in those spare glass jugs sitting in your basement. Have a lot of dandelions in your lawn in the spring? Don't kill them or pull them out; turn them into home-brewed wine!

My fiance and I have thus far made blueberry wine, strawberry mead, and mint mead, and all seem to be coming along very well. Of course, we won't know until next year, when they are ready, but preliminary "tests" (sips here and there to check process) suggest the recipes are spot on. They aren't organic or minimalist recipes, though. You will be instructed to buy tannins, yeast nutrients, and acid blends, but you can find any of those at a decent liquor store or online. Because the recipes are full of what some may consider unnecessary chemicals, and because I haven't yet enjoyed an entire bottle of fully developed wine, I give this book 4 stars. So far, though, I am really pleased with it. However, do not purchase expecting a whole lot of instructions as to the actual wine-making process. While it's not too difficult once one is familiar with the process, this book is more of a recipe book than an instructional text.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best mead recipe book
This is the best mead making book I have found, can't do without it!
Published 22 days ago by bluekat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 1 month ago by Birchleaf Designs
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is what i needed
When i finished reading this book i was able to start my first batch.This is a good start for any one who wants start makeing mead.
Published 5 months ago by oldman
4.0 out of 5 stars Mead
It a nice recipe book; now I want to go out and buy more equipment and make some mead and or fruit wine.
Published 5 months ago by William R. Giersdorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Information on Less Common Options
I picked this up at a local homebrew supply store and knew it had to come home with me. We are fairly new to brewing/fermenting, and were looking for information on gloggs, meads,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Burgundy Damsel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Wine and Meads
How can it get any better. It has been interesting reading so far. We will be trying out some recipes soon
Published 7 months ago by Beth Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the making your own wines!
I have been making my own wine for 4 years with great success and this book has inspired me to add some new flavors and take my wine making to the next level!
Published 8 months ago by Doreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative
Quite a vast variety of fun recipes. I am already trying one. Plus great tips on wine making and valuable advice.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
lots of easy to follow recipes, lots of information for someone starting out, lots of variety of wine and mead recipes
Published 18 months ago by peggy
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
lots of information inside I am still getting my mead equipment together but I am looking forward to trying some recipes
Published 19 months ago by Robert Clearwater Jr
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