Category Archives: wine/cider

Seed Starting, d’Anjou Pear (Pyrus communis)

Last month I started two gallons of pear-orange wine using fresh d’Anjou Pears.  In addition to baking bread with the lees, I put some seeds aside in the refrigerator.  Yesterday I potted the seeds up and today I have a … Continue reading

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Bartlett Pear-Orange Wine

Today I am making Bartlett Pear-Orange Wine. I won’t be growing oranges, of course, but bought a box of them at Costco this week and decided to add orange to my Bartlett Pears (I planted a Bartlett Pear tree last … Continue reading

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Cranberry Wine

Yesterday I started 2 gallons of cranberry wine with fresh cranberries I bought for cranberry nut bread, and had 2 pounds left over. I always buy too many. Cranberry Wine 2 gallon jar 2 pounds fresh cranberries 8 cups sugar 1/2 … Continue reading

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Name Your Poison: Sugar or Alcohol

Read an article that was condemning US sugar consumption. It gave some interesting numbers: 1700 4 lbs/year 1800 18 lbs/year 1900 60 lbs/year 2000 100 lbs/year Those are bizarre numbers that got me thinking. For one, I am well aware … Continue reading

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Pear Wine

Today I started 2 gallons of Pear Wine. A very simple recipe: 3 pounds ripe green D’Anjou pears chopped and mashed with potato masher 5 cups sugar fill with warm water stir to dissolve sugar 1/2 packet yeast, proofed Now … Continue reading

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Hard Cider

I made my first batch of alcohol, also known as hard cider! I did it without all the modern equipment and stuff, so it was a simple process and it worked! Thanks to a guy online by the name of … Continue reading

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Braeburn Apples (Malus domestica)

Ate a Braeburn apple and recovered 6 seeds which I allowed to dry 3 days. I potted them this morning. Braeburn was an accidental cross in a New Zealand orchard in the early 50s, its probable parents were Granny Smith … Continue reading

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