A Concise History of Home Distillery

What Is Distillation? Distillation is a process of purifying liquids through controlled boiling and condensation. A liquid is converted into a gas/vapour through heat, and then recondensed through cooling to return the vapor to a liquid form. Distillation was used to make fragrances, medicinal cordials, and liquors.

Wine Plans ~2019

New Year Wine Project. Have you ever gotten to a point in a hobby where you need to reassess? Every new year deserves a new project of sorts and I find myself surrounded by a slowly growing quantity of winemaking equipment. And while I honestly don't mind that there's a grape press next to my... Continue Reading →

Ginger Wine Recipe ~1770

How to Make Ginger Wine. Ginger wine is traditionally made from ginger and raisins and first appeared in Britain in the 1740s. The wine can be fortified with brandy or cognac, or even diluted with lemonade. An interesting historical note: There was a widely held belief at the time that ginger wine helped prevent cholera,... Continue Reading →

L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

L'Eau de la Vie Recipe Poem. If you start at the top of the page, you'll see the actual recipe for L'Eau de la Vie - French for 'Water of Life'. Moving down the page, you see that the author includes a poem from one of the cookbook contributors that embeds the recipe within. Very... Continue Reading →

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