Braggot

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Braggot is a form of mead made with both honey and barley malt. It typically uses 1/3 or more malt and may have as much as 50% malt.

History

Braggot is an ancient drink popular in midieval Europe, traditionally without hops. Chaucer and others wrote about the merits of Braggot, though its origins are much earlier as both mead and malt based drinks date back to ancient times.

Description

Flavor and aroma should reflect a mix of beer and mead flavoring. Pale to dark colored. Bitterness should balance with honey character. Should have some head retention if carbonated. Mead made with a mix of honey and malt. Alternatively may be made by mixing mead with ale. Hopped varieties (optional) should have a evident hop flavor.

Characteristics

  • Color Range: 3.0-16.0 SRM
  • Original Gravity Range: 1.060-1.130 SG
  • Final Gravity Range: 1.004-1.025 SG
  • Bitterness Range: 0.0-50.0 IBU
  • Alcohol by Volume Range: 6.5-14.0 %
  • Carbonation Range: 1.8-2.8 vols
  • BJCP Style Number: 26 B

Ingredients

  • Made from > 1/3 malt and <= 2/3 honey (though this may vary)
  • Hops optional for bitterness
  • May be lightly to heavily carbonated
  • Styles using ingredients other than honey and malt should be entered in open mead category

Examples

  • Magic Hat Braggot, Brother Adams Braggot Barleywine Ale, White Winter Traditional Brackett

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