Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ginger Wine

Ever since we sat down with our good friends over at Ambry Farms with a bottle of their homemade wine, I've had a hankering to make a batch or two of my own.

Well, Ryan Libre, our most recent Couchsurfer, helped us make our first batch of ginger wine. It's bubbling away in its make-shift container (modified water bottle) in a little spot in the kitchen. It was ridiculously simple, and I'm already thinking about the next batch.

We basically cut up some ginger, and popped it in a pan on the stove to boil. The idea, according to Ryan, is to make a really strong version of ginger tea. In another pan, we heated up some water with some of the Hokkaido sugar in it. This one we didn't boil, but just got it warm enough so the sugar would more easily dissolve. Meanwhile, we dissolved the yeast in a little bit of water in a small glass. Once everything cooled enough we combined it together and stirred in the yeast. We topped it off with an airlock, and waited for the bubbles to come.

We will be taste testing in about a week or so. Can't wait!

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