With the lack of a LHBS store I find myself not being able to ferment things as often as I like. And the other day I came across a thread on Kvass and that sparked my interest. So I decided to "brew" some.
First I made some gingerbread. It's actually an amish white bread recipe that I added molasses, Cinnamon, ginger and allspice to. It turned out pretty damn good.
It was so good in fact my SWMBO made me keep one for the family.
I then cut it up and dried it out in the oven for about an hour at 200.
I then put it in my brew kettle and boiled it with some fig preserves I had on hand (all natural. nothing to hurt the yeasties.)
So then I let it sit over night (yeah I know gross but that's what it says to do). It ended up looking like goo.
So I strained it and put it in my fermenter with a starter of WLP500. I did some reading on the Mad Fermentationist and he actually malted grains. But alas I have no LHBS and no grains on hand. However I did have a few bottles of Malta Goya. Which is carbonated unfermented wort (2row, Crystal Malt and hops). So I figured why the hell not?
It's fermenting right now. Hope it turns out well!
I didn't bother with malted grain. I just used dark rye bread, sugar, mint and raisins for my kvass and it turned out good. Okay, good is perhaps not the right word, it turned out interesting.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)
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