Apple Cider, racked to secondary to clarify before bottling.

Apple Pie Cyser

I first pub­lished  this in early 2013, and it’s been one of my most pop­u­lar recipes. Since we’re mov­ing into fall when cool weather and the hol­i­days make us think of apples and cider, I’m repub­lish­ing for my newer read­ers. Enjoy!


How to Recycle Wine Bottles

A great way to sim­plify life is to recy­cle in ways that go beyond sep­a­rat­ing your paper, plas­tic, and alu­minum so the city can haul it off where they only recy­cle a small per­cent­age of what they take away. By get­ting more than one use from a prod­uct you’ve paid hard-earned money for, you’re reducing […]

"Live Simple" by Katie Brady (Creative Commons)

Four Rules for Living Simply

I’m not much for mak­ing New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions. They’re too eas­ily for­got­ten or set aside. Why? Often, they’re wishes based on unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions, some­thing we know we need to do but have no inten­tion of doing. I use the Christ­mas Sea­son — if you’re not famil­iar with the Chris­t­ian tra­di­tion, it’s 12 days, always end­ing on 6th […]

Yeast for Omegisul by Republic of Korea (Creative Commons)

Three Great Yeasts for Hard Cider

Yeast is in my mind the most impor­tant part of the process for mak­ing your own hard cider or wine  after using properly-sanitized equip­ment and good-quality ingre­di­ents. The rea­son is sim­ple: with­out yeast, there is no fer­men­ta­tion to turn the sugar into alco­hol and excrete CO2 (car­bon diox­ide), which is needed to car­bon­ate your beer […]


Three Uses For Simple Syrup

Sim­ple syrup is some­thing that’s around us all the time, and unless you’re look­ing, you might not have real­ized just how exten­sively it’s used in our daily food and drink. Have you ever pur­chased canned fruit? If it was in light or heavy syrup… you were deal­ing with sim­ple syrup. Sim­ple syrup is used by […]