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Can we SAVE this Cranberry Mead?

David wanted to make something seasonal for the upcoming chilly months – so we decided to brew up a cranberry braggot. This recipe uses light liquid malt extract, honey, hops, and cranberry purée. But when a tasting halfway through the process yields questionable results, we had to do some thought-exercises around how it might be salvaged……

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How to brew a barleywine style bochet with stuff from your pantry

This is one of the early iterations of this recipe, where we used a cold steep for the grains. Current iterations use a hot mash, but this recipe is very smooth and well-balanced. BC loves a good barleywine, but they can be hard to find and relatively expensive. In developing this recipe, he set out to emulate those flavors with an ingredient he loves — honey! This is a mead/braggot…

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How to brew a hopped lemongrass session mead that’s just right for summer

One day, I was driving by the local Asian market, Super Cao Nguyen. Thinking of the breadth of various fruits and herbs that can always be found in the market, I stopped in and began hunting for session mead ingredients.  I knew I had Citra hops in the freezer at home — and I wanted something that would pair well with those.  I chose lemongrass, orange peel, and ginger. When…

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You can make lemonade wine at home with this simple recipe

I know what this sounds like, but I promise you’ll be pleased you tried it.  Skeeter Pee is a now-infamous recipe for fermenting lemonade.  You’ll need some granulated sugar and three big bottles of lemon juice.  Skeeter Pee uses the remaining slurry from an existing batch of wine or mead.  So, for example, if you’ve just racked off your apple cider and have a yeast cake sitting in the bottom…

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How to make homemade wine from Jam

Fruit can be expensive.  Exotic fruits even more so – gooseberries, dates, and elderberries can all set you back a pretty penny.  Enter jam wine.  It’s exactly as it sounds – wine made from jam.  Use about four pounds of jam per gallon of water.  Your gravity reading may be a little bit off from all the pectin in the jam, so don’t worry about getting too scientific with this…

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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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