Cider from Store-Bought Juice

I’ve done some things on this channel about wine-making.  But what I’m really most interested in are meads and ciders.  My first attempt at mead was a complete flop, not because I made it wrong, but because the recipe was, um questionable (note to self, basil probably doesn’t belong in mead).  But that’s another story. So I wanted to move into ciders in 2016, but there really aren’t a lot of fresh, locally-sourced apples available in January.  So, based on some posts by Jack Spirko at #TheSurvivalPodcast, I started looking at juices available at the grocery store.  Based on the results I can tell you this can be done quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and it can produce fantastic results.  You’re

Home Wine Making (Part III)

In part 3 of 3 in our home wine making series we look at second clearing, bottling, and corking.  If you haven’t seen the first two videos yet, go back and watch from the beginning on the YouTube playlist. If you like this, check out the other videos on our YouTube channel.  Better yet, subscribe to the channel so you can be alerted when new videos post. Please leave any questions/comments in the space below.  And let me know what topics you’d like to see in the future pertaining to DIY, homesteading, and the self-sufficient lifestyle. Thanks!

Home Winemaking (Part I)

In this video and the next few videos that follow we’ll be documenting our first foray into vinification (winemaking). We’ll be using a winemaking kit for this first experiment, making an Australian Shiraz. Part one will include preparing the primary fermentation. In later episodes we’ll cover secondary fermentation, clearing, bottling, resting, and finally tasting. Please share your thoughts and comments. Thanks!   Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders 6 Gallon Glass Carboy Hydrometer (Triplescale) Fermtech Large (0.5-Inch) Auto Siphon 3 Piece Econo-Lock with Carboy Bung (Set of 2)