Tofi Kerthjalfadsson is an 11th C. Icelander living in living in The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (yes, where the Pennsic War is held), in the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Current interests include brewing, leatherworking, metalworking, and heavy fighting. Tofi is currently the Arts and Sciences officer for the Barony-Marche, and the guildmaster for the Debatable Brewers' Guild.
I've recently been experimenting with recipes to produce 13th and 14th century English ale. For the Arthurian Idyll event, held here in BMDL on Sept. 26th, 1998, I brewed a 13th century English Ale. This turned out pretty good, and somewhat different than one might expect. An experimental second version for the Sunderoak Celtic New Year event (10/31/98) wasn't as good, but the version I presented at the East Kingdom Brew U. event (12/05/98) was very good indeed.
I have two sets of documentation available. A single recipe for making Clare Household Ale, which is about 4 pages long, and the complete treatise on Medieval English Ale which is some 19 pages. The Clare recipe includes directions on how to do a period English all-grain mash. For the arguments on why I've done the particular things that I have, please see the longer version.
(Also check out the Debatable Brewers' Page).
(My mundane web-page is here.)
Last modified Dec. 31, 1998