We were browsing the web at one stage looking for I don’t know what, and stumbled across someone who had made a date braggot and had a fairly exciting time about it.

Braggot was something we had never heard of before and so when we looked it up, we found that it was an ancient cross between a beer and a mead. I am not a beer drinker but my partner is and brews all of her own beer. She was keen to try her hand at something that would appeal to both of us that had the brewing time of beer. So we embarked on a braggot making adventure.

We looked at the recipes available for braggots and the date braggot and decided that the reason the date braggot we had read about got so enthusiastic was that it was extremely overloaded with sugars and probably quite powerful. We tweaked the recipe in a major way to bring it into our target alcohol level of around 8%..ish.

Our first attempt made use of a dark malt because that was what we had to hand. This malt was also hopped. The end result was a very full flavoured and heavy braggot that my partner quite liked but it was not quite so much to my tastes because of the presence of the hops. Our second attempt was an amazing success that made use of an unhopped light malt extract from a New Zealand company called Black Rock. This time the flavour was full and smooth and had an extremely long finish. It was also reasonably strong in a gentle and deceptive way. We will definitely making more of this and as it is extremely presentable, we’ll be introducing our friends to braggot over the next little while.

Here is the recipe for Braggot Number 2. The recipe described below makes 2 x 4.5L demijohns worth.