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Old 01-31-2017, 08:10 PM
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Hi, I have gone to the wonderful world of fermented foods. I was a bit worried while making Kombucha but after a few batches feel like an old pro. I am making 2 gallons of melomiel (fruit/honey wine), Vinegar, and Kimchee. Fairly soon I will be getting tempeh starter as well, so I can experiment with that. This next year I will start some blackberry plants. I love them so much. They are my favorite wine making fruit.

Any one else experiment with fermenting?
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Sounds like you have found a great hobby!
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Any one else experiment with fermenting?
...well, maybe on the other end of it.
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I've done kimchee and sauerkraut before but that's about it other than bread stuffs (which I don't think you had in mind when you mentioned fermented foods).
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Mead! With Champagne yeast it can get bone dry, which is how I like it.
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Wine and beer. There's an Italian couple that brings in grapes every year to their wine making supply store. Estacion, I agree on the mead, I prefer it very dry.

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All the time. Beer, wine, mead, and on occasion I've been known to dabble in distillation. Mead generally takes quite a while to be drinkable. The chokecherry mead I make takes about 6 months of secondary fermentation to get ready to drink and another few months in the bottle improves it greatly. And that's the one that's ready soonest. A ginger mead I made took close to 2 years to get to the same point. Making mead is not a hobby for those lacking patience.
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...Making mead is not a hobby for those lacking patience.
Like growing orchids.

My grandparents bought me a Gilbert chemistry set when I was 9. The instruction book included a discussion of distillation, and explained how to make ethanol. While my grandparents enjoyed my quiet absence in the basement, performing chemistry experiments, I fermented a potato and distilled vodka. (Polish ancestry.) It was awful.
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Like growing orchids.

My grandparents bought me a Gilbert chemistry set when I was 9. The instruction book included a discussion of distillation, and explained how to make ethanol. While my grandparents enjoyed my quiet absence in the basement, performing chemistry experiments, I fermented a potato and distilled vodka. (Polish ancestry.) It was awful.
A few years ago I attempted to duplicate the original Pernod recipe for absinthe. I bet it was worse.
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Making mead is not a hobby for those lacking patience.
Just like orchids! It must be a thing!

Oops--X-posted with estacion seca.

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