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home-made-yogurt

Fermenting Milk – Making Yogurt At Home

Some time ago, I began to do some research and was astonished at just how easy it can be to make yogurt. However, I did run into a few problems the first couple of times I made it but since then, have perfected my yogurt making at home.


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Applejack – Or Apple Melomel Recipe

Many might remember the song by Dolly Parton with the lyrics: “He lived by the apple orchard in this little orchard shack His real name was Jackson Taylor but I called him Apple Jack” Well, Applejack is actually a melomel made with honey and of course, apples and probably has ancient roots in Europe. If [...]



Winemaking
How To Make Wine – Part 1

So you’re thinking about making your own wine but don’t know where to start? Wondering just how complicated it can be? I was at that point once as well, until I received a Father’s Day gift of a wine making starter kit. I was delighted to learn just how uncomplicated home wine making can be. [...]


Recipes
Basic Blueberry Wine Recipe

Ingredients for one gallon of wine: 2 1/2 pounds of blueberries (fresh or frozen) Use more for a heavier body wine. 4 1/2 cups of sugar 1 teaspoon Yeast Nutrient 1 1/2 teaspoons acid blend 1 teaspoon pectic enzyme 1 Campden tablet. Wine making yeast Directions Crush the blueberries. I like to use a brand [...]


Tutorials
Using The Hydrometer

A hydrometer and test cylinder are among the most important tools for any winemaker. Used to measure specific gravity to monitor fermentation and sugar levels, these two items are very inexpensive (about $15.00 for the hydrometer and test cylinder) and there is no good reason that any winemaker should be without them. Although it is [...]


Yeast
Liquid Yeast

Many home vintners and home zymurgists don’t know about the single most important ingredient available for use in their home brews. I’m talking about liquid yeast. Liquid yeast is cultured in labs at all of the major labels. It is propagated from slants sometimes dating back to Pasteur himself. A slant is is simply a [...]

Glossary

  "Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever."
--Aristophanes

Latest Blog Posts

Make New Wine From Old Juice?

Is it possible to make a decent wine from an old kit? I have my doubts but today after coming across a kit more than four years old, I thought I may as well find out. Follow along as we discover how bad a 4 year old wine kit that was never fermented turns out. And wish me luck that maybe.. it will be ok.

Happy Thanksgiving To My American Readers

Sometimes I hear that some Americans think it odd that we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving near the beginning of October. We do – however, that is no reason for me to not wish my American readers a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! I appreciate your visits and comments and am thankful for you! I hope the rest of [...]

Is It Zehrs, Neilson, Or What? Leaky Milk Bags

Why are my milk bags leaking? The Neilson brand of milk I buy from Zehrs seems to leak while other brands do not.

Cheese & Drugs – What’s The Connection?

Smuggled cheese a big business? Looks like it, at least in Canada.

I’ve Got Butter, Baby!

I didn’t let my failure the first time at trying to make home made butter defeat me. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… so I did. Here’s the story about the second attempt. Now for some wine and buttered crackers.. mmmm!