The Joy of Brewing Cider, Mead,
and Herbal Wine:
How to Craft Seasonal Fast-Brew Favorites at Home
Nancy Koziol is an internationally certified wine expert. Her travels through the world's existing and new wine regions has fueled an interest in the ecology and politics of wine. On her day job she directs content writing for a small digital marketing firm. In The Joy of Brewing Cider, Mead, and Herbal Wine: How to Craft Seasonal Fast-Brew Favorites at Home, Koziol brings to craft brewing a sensitivity for sustainability and the belief the more local the ingredients the better. She advocates one-gallon batches arguing that they are more ethical and sustainable. They do make sense for apartment dwellers and support drinking in moderation but it is possible for brewers of larger batches to also practice sustainable brewing. Her introduction covers necessary equipment and she spends some time on siphoning and cautions about it difficulty. For racking, buy a racking cane and a bottle filler and most of the problems she expresses go away. She importantly stresses sanitation and by following her advice the novice will avoid many failures. Koziol has a fairly simple straight forward method that should get the novice started without undue technical intimidation. Her interest in sustainability flows through the book with helpful practices described throughout. Koziol's recipes cover cider, mead and herbal wine. She provides backgrounds for mead, cider and fruit wine, gives an overview of the brewing method and then provides a step by step chart for each beverage. Koziol follows the basic recipe up with several variations. and for each recipe she provides food pairing suggestions which help her book standout. She is good on preparing herbs for brewing. This is a handy book for the novice and it might give more advanced brewers ideas for new recipes. The book is well written, well laid out and attractively illustrated.