15 May 2010

on the way to moonshine

Baking bread has become a regular activity for me.

The freezer is stuffed to it's figurative gills and I am getting very comfortable with the whole subject.

Alright, I still haven't managed the perfect Naan, nor can I churn out croissants like a pro. But I'll get there, I'm pretty sure of that.

None the less, yesterday I kicked off a starter culture of a different kind, as you can see to the right.

My maternal grandfather was an avid wine-maker, one of my uncles even burned his own moonshine. (Yep, the one I got the poppy seed mill from.) So, there seems to be a certain family tradition to uphold, which at least in this case I am more than willing to oblige.

I've started a batch of cyser, a mix between a mead and a hard cider, as my first attempt. Given a bit of luck, it should be drinkable at this year's summer party.

This is a really exciting new experiment for me, and you can bet I'll keep you posted on the progress.


Mimi said...

Wow! I had no idea that there was a concoction that was a cross between mead and apple cider. It sounds wonderful!! Good luck with your new hobby.

Reuben Morningchilde said...

Well, a cyser basically is a mead, only that the honey isn't diluted in water, but in apple juice. That sounded pretty much like something I wanted to drink, so I just started it.
Thanks for the good wishes, I can surely need all the luck I can get!