Two books about herbs, gardening and brewing...

After reading Ted's blog about this book I thought I would give it a shot. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation contains tremendous detail about herbs and their health related properties. I'm just beginning to skim through the more interesting sections. Of course, being one of the more controversial herbs, Wormwood is discussed as well as some other familiar ingredients such as honey and even spruce tips. Have you ever picked up a book and thought, "This is just some homebrewer writing about x, but, their experience is too narrow?" This is not one of those books. Each ingredient is profiled in detail including health effects, historic and cultural references as well as a good dose of the authors opinion.

Planting a fairly large hop yard led to my interest in this book, The Homebrewer's Garden: How to Easily Grow, Prepare, and Use Your Own Hops, Malts, Brewing Herbs. Even though some reviewers said you could find most of this one the web, I find value in having it handy in a book with one voice tying it all together. I'm not so sure all of the info is on the web anyway. (dangerous thing to say eh?)

I haven't read either of them all the way through nor do I intend to. They're more like references that I go to when I'm researching a recipe or tending to the hops. By the way, I had no idea how much went into malting grain. I'm tempted to try that someday.


Unknown said...

For what it's worth, it's also one of the few books I've ever wanted to throw across a room. (This was a few years ago, I don't recall exactly why.)
Double-check anything you read in there. It's a good reference but some of the things he says are outright wrong.

Adam said...

Thanks. If you remember, let us know.

Anybody else out there have experience with this book?

EvilchurchdOc said...

I am almost all the way through sacred herbal and healing beers and i must say it is one of my favorite brewing books to date. the stories and whatnot are awesome and inspiring and they also have lots of recipes for crazy things.