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How to make Apple Cider two ways – sparkling cider and applejack

In this first video of a multipart series, we’re going to make both sparkling cider for summertime and applejack for winter. Bonus – applejack makes the perfect apple pie: Alton Brown approved! In this video we’ll brew up the basic recipes and talk a lot about process and basic science of yeast’s natural selection. Subsequent videos will feature the bottling and conditioning of the sparkling cider and the fractional distillation…

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We fermented Honey Bee Liquid

Recently, on a trip to the super mercado, we stumbled upon Honey Bee Liquid in the honey section.  Clearly not honey, we began to wonder what would happen if we fermented it into “not mead.” And so we did. Using EC-1118 we turned this sickly sweet fake honey into an even worse concoction. Laced with alcohol and still disgustingly cloying, the final product was not worth the $20+ we invested…

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How to brew your first mead: A Simple Viking Blod clone recipe

As we’ve started putting mead how-to videos on YouTube, each installment has certainly fallen into the vein of “doin’ the most.” But for the beginner mazer (mead maker), getting into the world of homebrewing should be a fun, creative, and fascinating endeavor. Complex recipes might be too daunting — discouraging even. For this purpose, we set out to build a beginner mead recipe compiled from ingredients that can be found…

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Garbage Frozen Fruit Wine – Update!

Previously, we posted a video of our initial process making a “garbage wine”. By this, we mean a wine made from frozen fruit that would have, eventually, been dumped in the trash. Instead, we fermented it with some granulated sugar to make an easy-drinking, semi-sweet summer drink.  In this update video, we deploy our fining agents, stabilize, back-sweeten, and bottle it.  It is too early to have a good idea…

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Brewing/ Mead

What is mead? We explain Viking honey wine.

A lot of people have recently discovered mead – but it’s been around since ancient times (and before!). To help answer the question “what is mead?” we made this concise video about the “honey wine” that you can share with friends and family. If you enjoy this video consider subscribing to the Doin’ the Most YouTube channel! If you came here because you are a beginner brewer yourself, you might…

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Oyster Stout Mead Bochet Recipe

Have you ever heard of an oyster stout? How about an oyster stout mead? This brewing style appeared about a hundred years ago and has flowed in and out of favor ever since. Similar shellfish and fish bladder additions extend back through history. Rich, chocolatey malt and caramel flavors compliment the iodine brine of the oysters. For this recipe, we went down to the Asian supermarket, got some oysters, and…

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Garbage Frozen Fruit Wine “Recipe”

It’s that time of year.  The freezer is full of fruit.  You really did intend to start living that fruit smoothie life, but then… Starbucks and Poptarts got back in the way.  So now you’ve got chunked mango, Thanksgiving cranberries, and carrots? Are those shredded carrots?  You can’t eat it all.  Freezer burn is just on the horizon.  And the cell walls of all that fruit are completely obliterated so…

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Blueberry Melomel Mead – Fruity, floral, & creamy.

We concocted this recipe largely on-the-fly.  For years, BC knew he wanted to brew a strong, fruit-forward blueberry wine.  But when the idea of a floral and creamy mead entered his mind, this recipe came together. And thus, a blueberry melomel was crafted. The recipe begins with cold-soaking the blueberries with pectic enzyme to break down their cell walls and release more color and tannin into the must. Then we fermented…

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