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  • I used to brew beer from kits, then got fascinated with making mead from scratch. I currently like making wine from local fruit only- no wine kits, since I really don't have access to my own vinyard. I try to use local or wild materials as much as possible and I like to experiment.
  • Pear wine
  • Elderberry wine
  • Freeze concentrated barley miodomel
  • Meads: blueberry, elderberry, pear butter, orange and lemon, jasmine.
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  • Posted in thread: Elderberry Wine Making on 08-12-2012 at 01:11 AM
    You know, raw elderberries contain a toxin called sambunigrin which can cause gastrointestinal
    distress in some people, which is why they're not eaten raw here in Austria. Wikipedia states
    that sambun...

  • Posted in thread: Hooch (Jungle Juice) on 08-03-2012 at 02:18 PM
    Recently tried a friend's brew- he copied an old WWII recipe wrote down by a veteran stationed
    in the Pacific Theater simply called, "jungle juice". Not bad, but it had quite a potent kick,
    like drink...

  • Posted in thread: Mother blocking Scoby growth? on 08-03-2012 at 02:06 PM
    Peel off the bottom layer of the SCOBY and use it in your next batch, then either give the rest
    away, freeze it with some reserve for emergencies, feed it to the chickens, or throw it in the
    compost p...

  • Posted in thread: Freeze Concentrating (Fortifying) Mead on 08-03-2012 at 02:00 PM
    Friends finally tried the stuff- All of them liked it and said it reminds them of port (though
    it is dark brown)

  • Posted in thread: Elderberry Wine Making on 08-03-2012 at 01:38 PM
    BTW, I find elderberry and pear or blackberry and pear to make a nice blend, not that they are
    not great on their own.Another way to make elderberry taste better on it's own is to spice it a
    little wi...

  • Posted in thread: Elderberry Wine Making on 07-31-2012 at 09:17 PM
    1 tsp acid blend 1 tsp yeast nutrient 1 tsp pectic enzyme Montrachet wine yeast Elf wine very
    goodI recently read about pectic enzyme and its purpose. I think I might get some when for a
    batch of pea...

  • Posted in thread: Just starting need recipes and instructions on 07-31-2012 at 02:50 PM
    I'm not sure exactly how you're making the soda, but one flavor I'm totally hooked on is made
    with lemongrass simple syrup. I take a few stalks of lemongrass, cut them up into two inch
    chunks, then bl...

  • Posted in thread: Elderberry Wine Making on 07-31-2012 at 02:39 PM
    Last week I picked 15+ pounds of Sambucus from a nearby tree. This is the one I always go to,
    since it yields above and beyond the other local wild elderberry bushes. I made elderberry mead
    in previou...

  • Posted in thread: I have a mead that won't quit out-gassing. on 06-11-2012 at 02:32 AM
    Apparently your mead wants to finish out in spite of the added sulfites. If it were me, I'd
    walk away and let it finish. If it never does, call Guinness!

  • Posted in thread: freeze off on 06-11-2012 at 02:25 AM
    Okay, there's a little concern here about "bad alcohols" in freeze-concentrating. Here's my 2
    cents' worth:1. First of all, freeze-concentrating will get you a mead (or wine, beer) with an
    alcohol con...

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