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apfelwein started

posted Oct 16, 2013, 4:21 PM by Ian Young

Jed and I drove up to Oak Glen and picked up some fresh cider from Law's Cider Mill.  We're following EdWort's ubiquitous recipe, which should yield a crisp, dry, carbonated apple wine.

fig wine started

posted Aug 22, 2013, 11:10 AM by Ian Young

Earlier this week we prepared our third batch of fig wine (well, fourth if you count the first one, which spilled all over the floor in 2011).  This morning we pitched a starter of Montrachet yeast and it's off to a strong start already.

loquat wine batch #2 started

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:41 PM by Ian Young   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 6:29 PM ]

Last year's loquat wine turned out pretty well.  My neighbor's tree is full of fruit again, so it's time to get started on another batch.  Maybe this time around I can improve it a little.

grapefruit wine started

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:39 PM by Ian Young   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 6:29 PM ]

I've made grapefruit liquor a couple times now and it's delicious.  However, it only requires the very outer peel of the fruit.  What to do with the rest?  Make grapefruit wine, of course.

tangerine wine started

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:35 PM by Ian Young   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 6:28 PM ]

My banana wine was a big hit at work so I decided to make another one, this time from tangerines I picked in my back yard.

kilju started

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:28 PM by Ian Young   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 6:24 PM ]

I was curious to know if it was possible to make a wine out of the bare minimum of ingredients--water, sugar, and yeast--and it is.  In Finland, it's called kilju and is illegal to make.  Of course, I had to try making it myself.

pomegranate wine started

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:18 PM by Ian Young   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 6:23 PM ]

We were planning to pick some persimmons and ferment those but it didn't pan out.  Instead, we fermented some pomegranate syrup, which is not that much different from using a wine kit.

bochet started

posted Jul 31, 2013, 4:14 PM by Ian Young   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 6:20 PM ]

I read about a type of mead called bochet, created by boiling the honey before adding water.  It's supposed to yield toffee, chocolate, and marshmallow flavors, which sounds delicious, so I had to give it a try.

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