Yeast energizer vs yeast nutrient

When you first get into making alcoholic beverages, the amount of information can be overwhelming. I want to clarify one group of additives that pop up from time to time, especially when making alternative kinds of wine. Yeast nutrients are a source of nitrogen (from diammonium phosphate and urea) added at the beginning of brewing […]

How to Make Wine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Fermentation and Flavouring At the beginning, you can add a clay called bentonite that will bond to positively charged proteins for increased clarity and decreased aromas. The negatively-charged bentonite will ride the CO2 bubbles created by the yeast, collecting proteins along the way. Once the bonded molecule reaches the top and the bubble […]

DIY: the 5-minute Canadian Redneck Wine Rack

If you make your own wine, you’re going to need somewhere to store the 30-odd bottles. We’d all like a traditional grotto or high-end wine fridge, but an affordable alternative is tin cans. Cut off the top and bottom of the cans with a can opener. Measure the area you want to put the rack. Duct […]

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion blossoms can be used to make a flower wine. Ingredients: 4 cups of dandelion blossoms 16 cups of water (1 gallon) 1 package of wine yeast 8 cups of refined cane sugar 1-3 citrus foods of your choice, sliced up (lemon, lime, orange) Recipe: 1) Forage dandelion blossoms: The wilderness would be the best […]

Springtime for Dandelions! Embrace the Abundance

The dandelion is a much maligned plant that is both nutritious and delicious. Dandelion leaves have more fiber, protein, carbs, vitamins (A, C, K) and calories than the superfood spinach. Even the name dent-de-lion is colourful. People around the world still eat what is generally considered a weed in North America, despite the flower being […]

Movie Reviews: A Year in Burgundy & A Year in Champagne

Two different documentaries on two different wine-making regions of France by the writer, director, producer David Kennard, who produced one of my favourite documentaries, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. The films are contrasts. Burgundy is a relatively warm and sunny winemaking region. Champagne is relatively cold and cloudy. Burgundy winemakers range from the highly technical entrepreneurs to […]