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Pickle Party!

August 20, 2017

Some great ingredients at the store this weekend so I started a bunch of pickles. For the brines this is the salinity I used… Okra/carrot: 2.5% Garlic: 2% with a splash of strong 20% distilled vinegar daikon/carrot: 2%   A few days later… I have green garlic! I read about this a while ago and […]

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Cranberry Pomegranate Cider

August 6, 2017

I’m starting to think that pumping up the ABV with honey is what causes oddball flavors in my concoctions. I’m going back to basics this time, no added sugar or honey. Wheatsville only had 2 gallons of apple juice so I also bought a gallon of Knudson’s cranberry pomegranate juice. Like most juice blends this […]

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Mango Cyser

July 3, 2017

Just seems wrong to have empty carboys sitting around. Brew time! Ingredients 1 1/2 quarts mango puree from SoCo Homebrew 8 1/2 quarts apple juice 2 quarts Clover honey. 6.5 or 7 lbs? 1 1/2 teaspoon pectic enzyme 3/4 teaspoon DAP yeast energizer OG: 1.124, potential alcohol 14.96% Yeast starter: White labs mead yeast, 1/4 teaspoon DAP, 3 […]

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Cyser Experiments

June 25, 2017

OK, I’ve had success with my other attempts… time to iterate! Each batch below also has 1/2 teaspoon DAP yeast nutrient, 1/2 teaspoon pectic enzyme, and enough apple juice to top off a 1-gallon jug. I’m using a new yeast this time, a plain old RedStar Pasteur Red. It has a reputation for promoting fruity esters in […]

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Yucatán Quick Pickled Red Onions

June 17, 2017

My buddy Greg sent me this recipe… time to venture into the unexplored world of vinegar pickles! I’m really interested to see the color change. I used pickle weights to keep all the onion underneath the brine where it belongs. http://www.thehungryhounds.com/blog/2015/4/25/quick-pickled-mexican-red-onions

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Mead 1

June 3, 2017

I’m trying a plain old mead so I can compare it with cyser, the cider/mead hybrid. Also trying a new yeast. I wanted to get it going really well before pitching into the must. Time to do my first yeast starter! A yeast starter increases the amount of yeast you pitch so it gets going really […]

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Apple Wine 2

May 20, 2017

Ingedients 2 gallons apple juice 2 quarts blueberry pomegranate juice (sweetened with apple) 2 lb honey with enough water to make 2 quarts. 1 additional quart water to compensate for racking loss. 1 ½ tsp yeast nutrient 1 ½ tsp pectin enzyme Yeast: Red Star Premier Blanc (champagne) Notes OSG: 1.074. If FSG is 0.99 […]

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Cyser 1

May 13, 2017

Just heard of Cyser, a cider and mead hybrid. Giving it a try. My buddy Gary came over to help. Ingredients 1 gal water 1 gal organic apple juice – $8 5.5 lb local wildflower honey – $35 ½ tsp pectic enzyme 1 ½ tsp yeast energizer Yeast: Red Star Premier Blanc (champagne) – $1 […]

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Daikon Radish Pickles

April 30, 2017

Finally sharing some of my pickle adventures in detail so others can try things out. 1 cup daikon radish sticks 1 cup carrot sticks 6 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp peppercorns sea salt spring water Peel the radish and carrots then cut into sticks. Put about 6 cloves of garlic into the bottom […]

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Apple Wine 1

March 5, 2017

Ingredients 15 lb Fuji apples – $22.50 2 gal organic apple juice – $18.00 8 oz date sugar Yeast: Red Star Premier Blanc (champagne, up to 17% alcohol) – $1.00 Notes I did not use pectin enzyme For > 10% alcohol, need 1.1 OG (https://www.omnicalculator.com/other/alcohol-by-volume) OSG: 1.0666 (1.064, add 0.0026 due to 80 F) FSG: […]

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