Archive for the 'brewing' Category

Slow food

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I finished this morning’s (ok “MID-morning’s” for most of you) chores and then started to laugh at what I saw on my counter. All lined up and tidy. A silent paean to slow, real food the slow, old-fashioned way. 1) Dry beans soaking with a touch of vinegar for tonight’s frijoles cocidos; 2) buttermilk culturing; […]

Apple scrap vinegar – Part 2

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Part 1 here. The apple scrap vinegar we started a week or two ago seems to be progressing just fine. (After all these disasters we had, I am honestly surprised and relieved!) It’s fizzing a little and perfuming its cabinet with pleasant appley-vinegary smells. This is what it looked like to begin with and then […]

Apple scrap vinegar

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

By the way, nothing went to waste in this latest apple canning enterprise. We use a lot of vinegar around here, in homemade cleaning products and the like. I had just read about making apple scrap vinegar on a beloved blog I read, and a little Googling provided more (and widely varied) information. I figured […]

Cider #3

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I finally finished the labels for my latest batch of cider. It’s about time, too – those cases of bottles have been sitting in the middle (literally) of my kitchen for just about a month now. For some reason I just wasn’t inspired this time. I’ll usually have an idea for a name and label […]

The last thing I did with 108 pounds of apples

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

 That’s right. Apple cider. With J’s help, this year my cider-making endeavors took only one day – from about 11 to 11, roughly. I have never been so sick of slicing and smashing apples… or at least not since last year, anyway. My industrial-strength Kitchenaid got hot on top, it was working so hard. Still, […]

The sweet stuff, cont’d

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

So I’ve figured out what the problem with the mead is. At least I’m pretty darn sure I’ve figured it out. Thanks to a conversation with my much-experienced-in-all-things-brewly friend Anton, we narrowed it down to two possibilities: 1) the osmotic pressure was just too much for the yeast (the solution was too strong) or 2) […]

The sweet stuff

Friday, March 28th, 2008

My mead has been in the making since October, and it’s still not done! A Goblet of Mead, Makovsky Thinking for sure it’d be nearly ready for bottling after six months fermentation, I racked it to secondary tonight (siphoned it off the dead-yeast sediment at the bottom into another container) and ended up a bit […]

Second cider

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I only just bottled my second batch of cider. I’d pressed it in October, but I was waiting for it to clarify before bottling this time. Heh – no such luck, even though I left it for three months instead of 3 weeks. I got worried about it sitting there for so long and decided […]

Newest Batch.

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

I bottled my latest batch of beer last night. Four gallons gave me about 36 bottles. I really wanted to try my hand at a chocolate beer, but stouts are generally too dry for my taste, so I decided to go with a porter. And – you know me – I can’t leave anything simple, […]

Beer bottled.

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Check out the label I made for my first beer batch, a pumpkin ale spiced with ginger and like spices (I really think I have as much fun making the label as I do thinking up new things to  brew!). Though I roasted three pumpkins total – two were boiled in the wort for an […]