Guardian of the Homemade Vinegars

I was too sick to write up a wine recipe today, but Lilo wanted me to make a Fermentation Friday post anyway. She jumped on top of the kitchen cabinets and started posing with the backstock of homemade vinegars & brews I keep up there. So today is a photo post. Next week I should be feeling well enough to … Read more

Potato Spice Wine

  I took inspiration for this recipe from M.A. Jagendorf’s Folk Wines, Cordials & Brandies: Ways to Make Them, Together with Some Lore, Reminiscences, and Wise Advice for Enjoying Them. It makes a white wine with a bold taste. The heat of the ginger gives the illusion of a higher alcohol content. This property mellows with age. Ingredients 2 gallons water … Read more

Winter’s here. Brew up some warmth.

“You can make wine out of anything but a rock!” So says Appalachian winemaker John Bulgin in The Foxfire Book of Wine Making, and my experience says he’s right. Being the frugal person I am, I’ve never been fond of paying beaucoup bucks for beverages. So when I’ve wanted wine, I’ve made it.* In spring, I’ve raced my neighbors’ lawnmowers … Read more