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Queen Elizabeth’s Methaeglen – A Lochac Laurels’ Brewing Challenge

 Your challenge, should you accept it, is to produce no less than two 300ml bottles of Queen Elizabeth’s Methaeglen, as per the recipe below, before Lochac’s Mid-Winter Coronation at which time the brewing Laurels will judge which entrant has best accomplished this task using the Lochac Arts & Sciences judging criteria listed at http://artsandsciences.lochac.sca.org/judging. The recipe recommends aging for six months, so you will need to get brewing promptly.

 You are to submit two bottles, each labelled with your name or the name of your brewery and the date of brewing, accompanied by documentation including your own redaction of the recipe and an explanation of any deviations or changes made.

 Entrants will be asked to declare their intention to compete to the Brewers Guild Clerk, Rurik farserkr (ben.paton@gmail.com) by 1st June 2014 at latest. All entries must be delivered to him by Tuesday 24th of June 2014 or, by prior arrangement, brought to Midwinter Coronation in Politarchopolis on Saturday 5th July. Please contact Rurik for a delivery address and/or to arrange cellaring with him.

 The results will be announced at the event, if possible, or by email soon afterwards. The entry judged the best will win a beautiful hand turned wooden mazer.

You can print a PDF of the recipe and competition details here.  Queen Elizabeths Methaeglen

Original recipe from ‘The Feminine Monarchie, or a Treatise concerning Bees and the due ordering of Bees,’ 1609 By Charles ButlerChapterX “Of the Fruit and profit of Bees. Part 2″  1609 facsimile (Transcribed below)

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 Transcription by Justin du Coeur http://jducoeur.org/Cookbook/bees.html :

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One excellent Receipt I will here recite: and it is of that which our renowned Queen Elizabeth, of happy memory, did so well like, that she would every year have a vessel of it.

First, gather a bushel of Sweet-briar-leaves, and a bushel of Thyme, half a bushel of Rosemary, and a peck of Bay-leaves. Seeth all these (being well washed) in a Furnace of fair water:

let them boil the space of half an hour, or better: and then pour out all the water and herbs into a Vat, and let it stand till it be but milk-warm: then strain the water from the herbs, and take to every six Gallons of water one Gallon of the finest Honey, and put it into the Born, and labor it together half an hour: then let it stand two days, stirring it well twice or thrice each day. Then take the Liquor and boil it anew: and when it doeth (?seed?), skim it as long as there remaineth any Dross. When it is clear, put it into the Vat as before, and there let it be cooled. You must then have in a readiness a Kive of new Ale or Beer, which as soon as you have emptied, suddenly whelm it upside down, and set it up again, and presently put in the Metheglen, and let it stand three days a working. And then tun it up in Barrels, tying at every Tap-hole (by a Pack-thread) a little bag of beaten Cloves and Mace, to the value of an ounce. It must stand half a year before it be drunk.

By: Rohesia | Competitions, Mid-Winter Coronation | Direct Link

Canterbury Faire Meeting and Tasting

Monday, 20th January and 1pm. Lunch time in the Cultus Faunus encampment (the one with the  “stone” gate next to the war field.) See you there!

By: Rohesia | Uncategorized | Direct Link

ATTENTION: Canterbury Fairers

As per last year, we’ll be holding a Brewers guild meeting/tasting in the Cultus Faunus Encampment at Lunch time on the Monday of Canterbury Faire. (1pm, 20th Jan) Please bring your lunch with you.
Items for the agenda are;
Comment on the re-written Charter.
Whether we would like to run a brewing competition for next Faire.
Thoughts and ideas on guild ranking.
The tasting categories will be:
Alcoholic soft drinks
Ales and Beers
Meads
Wines and Ciders
Spirits and Liqueurs
Tasting notes and votes will be taken and published after Faire.
By: Rohesia | Canterbury Faire, Tastings | Direct Link

SCA Australia has updated their alcohol policy.

The board of SCA Australia has updated their alcohol policy, the guild can be an influence on the drinking culture of the Kingdom and we should be a positive one. All members of the guild should take a moment to read over this policy and familiarise itself it. The board did take the time to consult with us on this & has taken onboard some suggestions. It is up to us to maintain our standards so the fun police don’t have any ammunition to fire at us.

http://sca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Alcohol-Policy.pdf

I will also add this link to the resources section so it can be found.

 

Rurik

 

By: ben | Uncategorized | Direct Link

Agenda Items for Rowany Festival

If anyone has anything they would like added to the agenda for the Festival meeting, please email them to the Guild Clerk, Rurik before 12th night.

By: Rohesia | AGM, Rowany Festival | Tagged: , , , | Direct Link