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!

"Divorce," by Jo Christian Oterhals (Creative Commons)

And... We're Done

A New Time of Life I’ve had the note on my bio for a while that I’m a sin­gle father.  It’s been about six months since  I’ve embarked on the jour­ney toward  sin­gle par­ent­hood; about a week ago, the trans­for­ma­tion was com­pleted. In a short time, almost exactly 20 years after we met, a judge has […]

Photo of oven dial set to 300 degrees

How to Season Cast Iron

Cast iron is one of the best invest­ments you can make because it lasts, and over time becomes an heir­loom to pass on to the next gen­er­a­tions. It’s very durable — but it also needs to be main­tained. In this arti­cle, I’ll show you how to sea­son cast iron in just over an hour, and […]

A 5-gallon pail from your local bakery can be turned into a great fermenting pail.

DIY Fermentation Bucket

Make Your Own Fer­men­ta­tion Bucket If you’re com­fort­able mak­ing things on your own, here’s a way you can save a few dol­lars for your home wine– or cider-making gear: make your own fer­men­ta­tion bucket. It takes less than 30 min­utes (cleanup included), and you’ll be able to do it for a cost of maybe $5.00 a […]