Cyser

fermented beverage made from honey and apple juice

Hard Cider Apples

Hard Cider Apples

News flash for some folks: you can make apple juice from any apple, but you can’t make good hard cider – I mean the fermented stuff – from just anything.  If you buy all your apples at an American grocery store, you’ve probably forgotten what an apple can really taste […]

Books for Brewers: Basic List of Books of Modern How-To on Beer and Mead

Books for Brewers: Basic List of Books of Modern How-To on Beer and Mead

This is my collection of books of modern how-to on beer and mead – all the books I currently have in my library plus a few.   There are even a few country-wine-and-liqueur books here.  Suggestions for additions are welcome; so are corrections.  Maybe there’s something here you haven’t seen before […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Most recently updated August 18, 2015 I am chagrined each time I see someone online asking whether there are period sources.  You bet there are!  Here is a running list of historical primary sources for brewers. Secondary sources are on another blog post, yet another has modern how-to books,  and there’s one […]

My cyser needs a Daddy! Or Mommy.  Name it!  Bragging rights!

My cyser needs a Daddy! Or Mommy. Name it! Bragging rights!

What shall I call my very first cyser,  in primary this very morning?  I used a recipe that took a gold in last year’s AHA competition which sounded particularly appealing – 18 lbs of pretty solid buckwheat honey, lots of apple juice, raisins, oak chips soaked in Jack Daniels  The […]