- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Brewers Publications (1 Dec. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0937381667
- ISBN-13: 978-0937381663
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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From the Author
More on the inner world of sacred and herbal healing beers
Few of us realize how deep and pervasive the world of "beer" is. Unknown to most of us nearly all the world's indigenous peoples brewed beers and wines; all of them considered it a sacred process. In the legends of the world's peoples we are told that the human capacity for creating art in language (poetry) came from our original ingestion of fermented beverages. In fact, alcohol stimulates just the portion of the brain that creates in language. Beer moved into a new dimension in ancient Europe where those ancient brewers learned to ferment herbal infusions to help heal the troubles of the human condition. Little known is that many of these herbal fermentations were also highly inebriating and sexually stimulating. In reaction the protestant reformists fought for 250 years to pass laws forcing beers to use only hops as an herbal additive. And hops has unique medicinal effects - it puts the drinker to sleep and dulls sexual drive in men. In fact there is a well-known condition in England called Brewer's droop referring to the inability of men to achieve erection from too much hops ingestion. And hops does contain phytoestrogens that work remarkably well in hormone replacement therapy for women in menopause. As I researched this book this whole incredible world of fermentation came alive in ways I did not expect. Truly the whole history of the human species is deeply interwoven with fermentation. It is a remarkable world. Whether you read my book or not I hope you look deeper. Perhaps like me you will find the faces of our ancestors looking back.
About the Author
Stephen Harrod Buhner
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Top Customer Reviews
Being long haired, beardy and with a healthy habit of sitting out by open fires in the woods, it's easy to be empathetic with the author and his connection to nature based beliefs. He immerses into the lives and brewing techniques of indigenous people all over the World, past and present, which adds yet another dimension to the interest value of this book. This is a man who works with respect and with immense researching skills.
It's not worth knocking off a star for this tiny point, but I would have been happier with metric measurements in the recipes. Saying that - The conversions are fairly easy.
Happy brewing and foraging.
Some of the ales are not ales; do not seem tested and too many go through the same perfunctory procedure.
Last negative remark: Spanish is liquorice, an ingredient which he could not trace
On the plus side, some fine brews, some excellent research and lots of ideas have been garnered for worts, some already tried.
Much to admire in this work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book which I bought for hubby, it has some interesting recipes in for beers, some which come from the hedgerows and trees.Published 4 months ago by Mrs GK Denham
Well written?: Yes
Scientific?: 
Worth buying, good recipes and such, although he may lose people with some... Read more
Very good book for the history of traditional ales, includes useful trad recipes which I've tried out and find very tasty!Published on 15 Sept. 2014 by Herbking
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