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Brewing Mead: Wassail! In Mazers of Mead: The Intriguing History of the Beverage of Kings and Easy, Step-by-Step Instructions for Brewing It At Home Paperback – January 26, 1998
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Papazian's section takes up about 10% of the book, and is by far the most valuable portion. The recipes are clear and the instructions are easy to follow; mead made from the recipes will turn out well. For this reason I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn how to make mead.
Unfortunately, the bulk of the book is not as useful. Gayre is a forceful writer with a gift for language, but his viewpoint seems to be overly influenced by his belief in Aryan racial superiority. Time and again the author refers to the "Aryan" race and culture, claiming, for instance, that good mead is part of the Aryan heritage and that few other cultures were sophisticated enough to produce mead. Much of this is inaccurate; mead has existed wherever the honeybee has flourished, from Japan to Ethiopia. Perhaps this form of spin is to be expected from a Scots aristocrat who wrote numerous treatises on eugenics and racial superiority and whose works are sold to this day by organizations such as Stormfront, but it does raise questions as to the accuracy of other information given by the author.
Gayre also dismisses many forms of mead which he considers "peasant" or "primitive". He reserves his greatest scorn for sweet spiced homemade meads, implying that additives meant to make mead more flavourful are somehow low class.Read more ›
The last 10% of the book - Brewing Mead - is written by Charlie Papazian. This part is too short and too general to make a useful contribution to a beginner. The recipes are not precise and not detailed enough for a real success.
If you are a historian interested in racist theories centered on the English and the Aryan myths, this may be the book for you.
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Great book. Full of history. Who ever said it was slightly racist is a cotton headed ninymuggin.just because the Aryan people was used in an historical context does not make it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brandon Webb
Very interesting and thoroughly researched history of mead in all of it's historical permutations. Used, but in fine condition. Perfect for my use.Published 24 months ago by Mitchbailey