*Not Perfected, Yet*
The Rig Veda is an ancient Hindu religious text. It is thought to be the foundation of modern Hindu religion. Madhu Madya (translates "honey alcohol") is an alcoholic drink described in the Rig Veda made from yeast, honey, and herbs. Since the Rig Veda was written roughly 4000 BC, this makes Madhu Madya one of the oldest documented alcoholic beverages.
Historical recipes really get me excited. It's like being the Indiana Jones of alcohol. You guessed it. We are going to make a modern Madhu Madya!
Madhu Madya BOMM
1. Add 1 quart of water to a pot and heat to off boil.
2. Add the following:
-1/4 tsp dried thyme
-1 TBSP ginger and galangal
-1 tsp lemon zest
-1/4 stick cinnamon
-1/8 cup dried tart cherries
-1/4 cup wild strawberries
-1/8 cup fresh blackberries/mulberries
-1 tsp lime buds aka linden flower
-1/2 tsp juniper berries
-0.5 oz Citra hops (optional)
3. Allow to steep until cool and strain into a 1 gallon fermenter.
4. Add Add 3.5 lbs of Acacia honey to carboy (SG ~1.14).
5. Add 0.4 tsp Fermaid K, 0.8 tsp Fermaid O, and 1/4 tsp K2CO3.
-Add 0.8 tsp Fermaid O again at 1.110 & 1.070.
6. Add water to half gallon and swirl vigorously until most honey is dissolved.
7. Add water to 1/2 cup shy of gallon.
8. Add an activated smack pack of Wyeast 1388.
9. It should finish around 1.020. After, cold crash and bottle.