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.

Ginger Wine ~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 →

Strawberry Wine ~1780

Strawberry Wine Recipe. Still strawberry season here. Time to try something new? This recipe comes from the Farmer's Wife, circa 1780. For other home winemakers out there, this recipe is a treat. The recipe calls for yeast inoculation by spreading two sides of bread with the yeast and setting it on top of the primary... Continue Reading →

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