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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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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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