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Oerdin
15-10-2010, 17:42:38
I have recently heard of a medieval alcoholic drink known as Hedgerow Mead which, apparently, peasants would by fermenting wild plants they found growing in hedgerows. Supposedly, hedgerow mead would traditionally include things like wild honey, dandelions, burdock root, and various herbs for taste and all of that sounds doable except for the burdock root. I'm afraid it just doesn't grow around here and honestly if I hadn't already seen it on the TV show Ray Mears' Wild Food I would have no idea what burdock root even was.

Now for the interesting part: Does anyone know anything about brewing hedgerow mead or know of any old fashioned recipes? I'm hoping not to end up with horse piss so a good recipe is a must though I seem to be having trouble finding a decent recipe which has been posted on the internet. I did find this recipe for dandelion beer (http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/brewing/fetch-recipe.php?rid=dandelion-beer) and a thread about "hedgerow harvest" but it seems to be about making elderberry wine (http://www.jimsbeerkit.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6777&start=15). Where on earth would I go to find an authentic medieval recipe for hedgerow mead?

Oerdin
15-10-2010, 17:44:38
http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/brewing/fetch-recipe.php?rid=dandelion-burdock-beer

Looking around Celtnet.org a bit more I found that recipe for "Dandelion & Burdock beer". It looks ok though a bit on the simple side and I still have no idea where to buy fresh burdock root. Wiki says Koreans and Chinese eat it and even grow it as a crop so maybe one of the Asian markets would have it.

Oerdin
15-10-2010, 17:50:22
http://corkfoodweb.ning.com/group/foragers/forum/topics/hedgerow-homebrew?xg_source=activity

That website is specifically for Cork County, Ireland but the second post does list some interesting books for "Hedgerow Home brewing".

mr_B
15-10-2010, 18:25:05
do they explode?

MDA
15-10-2010, 18:32:46
We have stuff around here I've heard called burdock since I was a kid. It has really annnoying barbed seed pods that are a complete pain to get out of hair. The dog gets them a lot.

MOBIUS
15-10-2010, 22:02:45
You should try your best to make it explode over your ceiling! :beer:

The Shaker
16-10-2010, 08:16:23
Alcoholic dandelion and burdock?..sounds great actually :)

MDA
17-10-2010, 04:41:33
I've had dandelion and raisin wine. Powerful laxative. :lol:

Oerdin
17-10-2010, 19:41:09
do they explode?

I guess we'll find out. :)

Though I intend to fill the carboy less full this time so the airlock doesn't get clogged. :bouncmsk:

Oerdin
17-10-2010, 20:11:20
I'm some what mystified why the dandelion beer recipe calls for 25g of cream of tartar. That sounds odd.

Oerdin
18-10-2010, 07:01:00
It's apple season in the local mountains so today my girlfriend, my room mate, and his girlfriend went up there and tried some of the local hard apple cider. It was good but completely clear and it seemed a bit on the watery side even though the label read 7% abv. I'm liking that scrumpy I made even more now because at least it had character.

Funko
18-10-2010, 08:03:56
I'm some what mystified why the dandelion beer recipe calls for 25g of cream of tartar. That sounds odd.

Not really. It's an acidifier. Probably to balance the drink. Grapes have loads of tartaric acid naturally, but most other things you ferment don't. Probably to balance the recipe, without adding flavour so something like lemon juice wouldn't work.

devilmunchkin
19-10-2010, 11:25:33
do they explode?

I had a similiar thought before I even opened this thread. Hopefully the ceiling will be spared this go around. :bouncmsk:

Oerdin
19-10-2010, 11:33:29
We have stuff around here I've heard called burdock since I was a kid. It has really annnoying barbed seed pods that are a complete pain to get out of hair. The dog gets them a lot.

What part of the country are you in?

Oerdin
19-10-2010, 11:37:00
http://threatsummary.forestthreats.org/threats/threatSummaryViewer.cfm?threatID=241

The Forest service says that European Burdock is in all of the lower 48 states except Florida. I'm wondering if there are different species of Burdock because I don't want to go eating the wrong one and poisoning myself. It does say one of the plant's nick names is "wild rhubarb" which sounds pretty edible to me.

Oerdin
19-10-2010, 11:40:58
Oh... This says there are records of arctium minus growing in the county I live in. Now I just have to think of a good place to find some and positively identify it.

http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=522

Funko
19-10-2010, 12:27:21
I think you can use Arctium lappa : Greater Burdock, which is called Gobo in Japanese cuisine, try a japanese store?

Oerdin
30-10-2010, 01:43:03
I think this weekend I will go search the Asian markets for burdock.