Archive for the 'brewing' Category

Cider bottled.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

After a few hours spent on Sunday sterilizing all the equipment and bottles, and a near accident with a 75-pound glass carboy full of sticky liquid – oh yeah, that would have been fun – I got all of my first batch of cider bottled with a minimum of fuss and hyperventilation. 52 bottles in […]


Sunday, September 30th, 2007

The cider has been fermenting for seven days and the bubbling stopped, so it was time to rack it into a secondary fermenter. It involved yards of tubing and sticky countertops. Kitty helped:   The flavor was quite disappointing, though everything I’ve read says that it will be at this stage (really they say it […]

Three nice wines.

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

I’ve been sipping some reds instead of white lately, and I think I really like Pinot Noirs. I’ve tried two very different ones in the last month – both from Monterey! – that I can recommend. Night Owl‘s 2005 Pinot is a bit sweeter than Blackstone Winery‘s 2005 so I liked it better initially, but […]

First cider adventure

Monday, September 24th, 2007

After rock-climbing on Saturday morning, Josh and I went apple picking at Larriland Farms. We got – believe it or not – 82 pounds of apples, Empire and Jonagold. In under an hour. They say cider should be made from at least three varieties of apples, but the only other ones available were Red Delicious […]

I has a fruit press…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Let me show you it. (those of you who are about to scratch off a hasty email correcting my grammar, get thee to I can has cheezburger? immediately. Actually, go over there even if you weren’t worried by my grammar. Everyone needs more LOLcats.) Anyway, I want to make and bottle my own cider this […]

Review: The Jibe

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

The Jibe: Pinot Noir, 2006, Marlborough NZ. $14. I haven’t had that many Pinot Noirs before, so I can’t really compare this one to another. The oenophiles say that a pinot is supposed to taste like raspberries and truffles… hm. If I could ever find a wine that actually tasted like Godiva’s raspberry truffles, I […]


Sunday, August 19th, 2007

… aaaaand it turns out there’s even more to know about wine than what I knew that I didn’t know. If that makes any sense. -grin-

Wine Review

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Josh has been bugging me for a while to do wine reviews here, mainly for the purpose of being able to remember which ones I like and don’t like. I’ve been putting it off. Partly because I had no interest in appearing pretentious, but also because I halfway buy into that oenophilic pretension myself, and […]