Posts Tagged "brewing"

Hard Apple Cider with Wild Yeast

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Blog, Fermentation, Recipes | 4 comments

Hard Apple Cider with Wild Yeast

My first attempt at homemade hard apple cider with wild yeast has been bottled and is ready for consumption! I started this process several months ago with a gallon of store-bought apple juice in a glass jug. I’m pleased to say that my final product is slightly sweet with a mellow, bubbly finish. Hard cider can be made with either wild yeast or the packaged yeast of your choosing. If you’d like to ensure that your final product is reproducible, go with packaged yeast. I recommend using a champagne yeast like this one! Catching Wild Yeast If you are up for a bit of an adventure, you can make hard cider with wild yeast. The process is quite simple: leave the cider open on the counter, covered lightly with cheesecloth, for several days until some wild yeast finds its way into the bottle. You’ll know that you’re in business because the juice will begin to bubble and fizz. When you can see bubbles rising to the top of the bottle, you know that wild yeast have begun to consume the sugar in your juice and turn it into alcohol. At this point it’s time to cover your bottle with an airlock, which will let the bubbles out, but won’t let anything else in, effectively keeping the brewing environment sterile.  Primary Fermentation Once your cider is fitted with an airlock, the waiting game begins. You’ll see bubbles release quickly at first and eventually more slowly from the jug. After about 2-4 weeks (depending on the temperature in your home), the bubbles will slow and it’ll be time to rack your cider! Racking Racking is a process whereby the cider is siphoned out of the glass jug and into a new vessel (or back into the same vessel after its been cleaned). The purpose of racking is to get rid of the layer of yeast sediment (lees) that has been deposited at the bottom of your fermentation jug. This sediment can give an off-taste to your cider, so it’s best to leave it behind for the next step. Racking is most easy (and also most sterile) when done with a siphon pump and some tubing but can also but done with just the tubing and your mouth. Regardless of the method you choose, this step can be tricky, so I recommend doing some research first. Here are a couple of links to get you started: The Kitchn: Siphoning Home-Brewed Beer Wikihow: Make a Siphon Making Hard Cider Secondary Fermentation Once the cider is siphoned into a second container with the lees, or dead yeast sediment left behind, it will begin its secondary fermentation. If you’d like a still (uncarbonated), dry cider like I did this process will last longer. For me, it took approximately 4 to 5 months. If you want a fizzy, sweeter cider, you can bottle your cider at any point in the brewing process. Bottling When your cider has stopped releasing carbon dioxide bubbles, signifying the slowing of the fermentation process, it’s ready to be bottled! Use that trusty siphon to, that’s right, siphon the cider into flip-top-style bottles. You can also use a funnel and pour the cider but you run the risk of dredging up all the sediment that will have settled at the bottom of your jug and wondering if you should have caved and bought yourself a siphon. I won’t tell you which way I chose to do this. After its been bottled, store your cider in the fridge and enjoy! Your friends are sure to be impressed, and if they are anything like...

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Brewing Dandelion Wine & Eating Dandelions

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Blog, Fermentation, Recipes | 4 comments

Brewing Dandelion Wine & Eating Dandelions

The dandelion is special in that all of its parts are edible: leaves, flowers, and roots! Full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the dandelion could easily be considered a super-food! Learn how to brew dandelion wine and several different ways to prepare and eat this nutrient-dense plant!

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How to Brew Kombucha Tea

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog, Fermentation, Recipes | 8 comments

How to Brew Kombucha Tea

Learn how to brew your own kombucha tea at home with this introduction to Kombucha article.

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Grow Your Own Kombucha SCOBY

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Blog, Fermentation | 27 comments

Grow Your Own Kombucha SCOBY

Brewing kombucha at home is a fun and rewarding experience. Learn how to grow a kombucha SCOBY from scratch using raw, unpasteurized bottled kombucha. A full recipe and detailed instructions are provided.

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