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Poetry and Homebrewing Collide

Andrew Witthoft is a homebrewer living in Kuwait. He has brewed wine, mead, cider, and tepache.


A tautogram: The tautogram is best explained by its Greek root words of “tauto” meaning “the same” and “gramma” meaning “letter.” Basically, all the words in the poem begin with the same letter.

The Editing Process

As you will see what I've photographed and what appears in the poems of this article differ.

I think it's a testament to the editing process. We each grow, evolve, get better, learn, strive towards the next. I'd written these poems on paper years ago, so I've naturally found the flaws in them - they probably stick out much more menacingly to me than to you.

I'd encourage you if you are writing and creating to look back at your earlier work to revel in how much you've improved, and allow that reflection to spur you on to continue your devotion to your passions. Success rarely is an overnight occurrence, so whatever you are putting your time into, make sure it is something you also enjoy.

The Waiting Game

Much of the work to brew comes at the beginning and end of the process. In between you are checking on the containers, making sure that fermentation is occurring, feeding the yeast nutrients. So, I'm often visiting the brew room. At that time I occasionally let my mind wander and imagine. Sometimes it results in nothing, other times inspiration hits, and here you have a poem.


F is For Fermenting (Poem)

Fortified behind a flask of crystal

fresh fruit is flourishing feverishly into further fates of forgotten elixir.

For friars finessed this fine flavor, 'tis no feeble feat.

Forced by fermentations finality to fulfill a future of

faith, and faithlessness,

fleeting forgetfulness,

fanfare, and frivolity,

faults followed by follies and felonies. Be forewarned.

Fizzing and frothing it fascinates and fixates the facets,

flashing flecks of flax

for french rose fluttering in the foggy reflection.

Its fair fragrance fable a fusion of fares

As it forges further into the foreseeable future

its floral fragrances flourish

Falling and inflating Ebbing and foaming.

A fine fermentation to forge.

Finally following a fortnight

a fanciful flavorful flow follows.

It is fabulous.


Calligraphy is part of my artistic process.

Calligraphy is part of my artistic process.

Free Verse Poetry

Free verse is a literary device that can be defined as poetry that is free from the limitations of a regular meter or rhythm and does not rhyme with fixed forms. Such poems are without rhythm and rhyme schemes, do not follow regular rhyme scheme rules, yet still, provide artistic expression.

It's probably the easiest type of poetry to write because it doesn't have to follow any set of rules. For me, the challenge is to choose the vocabulary carefully so that the impact is artistic and allows for reader interpretations and imagination. That's mainly where my interest in poetry has come from.

Brewing Apple Cider (Poem)

A stormy caramel complexion

resides within a glass chamber

silently erupting plumes of pulp.

Rising and falling under the rhythm of a

predictable pop, pop, popping.

Prohibition means nothing to this hazy vessel.

It shall continue to brew under its own cadence.


Poem written with a dip pen.

Poem written with a dip pen.

Fresh Juice Verses Concentrate

The upside of juicing apples is that the resulting product is sweet, delicious, and flavorful. On the other hand juice from concentrate is watery, without character, and sugary.

The moment I tasted the freshly juiced apples I couldn't believe that I had been drinking "apple juice" wrong for my entire life. How far from the truth that "juice" could be.

Turning such a fully loaded elixir into an alcoholic beverage could only result in delicious libations.

Are you interested in Home brewing?

Fantastic! It's a chemistry set for adults. You can be as scientifically thorough as you would like, the more meticulous you are the more likely you will be able to repeat your recipes and flavors.

I guarantee you will feel a sense of accomplishment after tasting your harvest. Overall, it's good fun.

Check out some of the recipes I've written on mead, cider, and tepache. Living in a dry country has certainly been a catalyst for homebrewing. However, firewalls and censorship abate the ability to find good recipes. All of the recipes are mine because I've not had access to forums that allow me to view other people's recipes.

Infancy to maturity!

Infancy to maturity!

Fermentation Is An Age Old Practice

Fermentation isn't just about making alcohol, though arguably the best result of fermentation. Our ancestors in almost any culture have sought to preserve and store foods through pickling, dry aging, curing, smoking, and preserving in honey.

Lacto-fermentation refers to the process of pickling without vinegar, instead of using salt and water to create an acidic liquid that preserves the food contained within the jar. Quick pickling is delicious as well, but it uses vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Therefore, quick pickling isn't as healthy as Lacto-fermented foods but it sure pumps up most dishes.

The two delicacies that most people would recognize would be pickles/cucumbers and cabbage in the form of sauerkraut.

Fermentation Isn't Just Alcoholic Production

Lacto-Fermented Red Onions and Sauerkraut

Lacto-Fermented Red Onions and Sauerkraut

Lacto-Fermented Garlic

Lacto-Fermented Garlic