Here, I’ve collected links to a number of blogs, groups, associations, stores, and various products that I use and recommend. With the exception of the blogs, or where otherwise indicated, these are all affiliate links. Clicking through them and making a purchase earns me, at no additional cost to you, a small commission-which helps me maintain this site. Thank you!
- Larsblog – Travels by Lars Garshol through Scandinavia and the Baltics, searching out farmhouse brewers and documenting their methods. Lars’ blog kickstarted the chain of events that got me to re-boot this blog.
- The Draughts Are Deep – the blog of Peter Olsen, or Magnus in the SCA. He does lots of really cool historical brewing research, focusing largely on the Norse.
- Beauty in Beer – by my dear friend Elspeth Payne, or Sorcha Crowe in the SCA.
- Zythophile – by Martyn Cornell. Not particularly SCA-oriented, but he does great research into older brews, focusing on England.
- Ancient Malt and Ale – by Merryn Dinely. Much of his research goes way beyond the SCA, but it’s all great stuff, and lends marvelous insight.
- Medieval Mead and Beer – by Susan Verberg (Elska in the SCA).
- Inn of Bard’s Rest – by Pan Kythe Szubielka.
- MoreBeer – A great source of ingredients, supplies, and equipment.
- Maryland Homebrew – (*not an affiliate) I have to get a plug in for my own local homebrew store. I get my ingredients here whenever possible. The staff is nothing short of phenomenal, and the variety and selection is outstanding. They ship daily!
- Adventures in Homebrewing – (*not an affiliate) Again, an outstanding source of fresh ingredients. I’ve been particularly impressed with their recipe kits. Fast shipping, good service.
- Beersmith – (*not an affiliate) This is the brewing software I currently use. It’s available on desktop and for mobile use, and will sync across platforms. You can customize it for your equipment and available ingredients.
- The Electric Brewery – This is the brewing setup I wish I had–and which I’m slowly, one piece at a time, building towards. Step-by-step instructions for building the system are provided.
READING (Amazon.com links)
- How To Brew – by John Palmer. (The first edition is available online here for free.) The primer on going from your first extract batch up to going all-grain, with detailed (but easy-to-understand) explanations of the whats, whys, and wherefores. I can’t recommend this one enough.
- The Complete Joy of Homebrewing – by Charlie Papazian. This is the one that got me started. It’s in its fourth edition or so, now, and just keeps getting better with age. (Might be a little bit too “chatty” for some, but that’s just Papazian’s style.) Still great.
- Brewing Classic Styles – by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. Solid recipes for every style in the BJCP Style Guidelines. I riff off of these quite a bit, and regularly use them for inspiration.
- Malt, Hops, Yeast, Water – Four separate books, by various authors, all from Brewers Publications. As you might guess from the titles, each one delves deeply into the particulars of one of the main ingredients of beer. Mostly advanced stuff, but still useful to the beginning brewer (I’d take them in the order listed). Good recipes, too.
- The Compleat Meadmaker – by Ken Schramm. A great book on making mead; it’s my “go-to” on the topic.