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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Kombucha Alcohol Content

Whether you call it a health food craze, a pop-culture fad, or the millennia-old tea of life, kombucha has likely come across your radar. While it has been around for over 2000 years, you’ve probably more recently noticed it filling shelves in the grocery stores and listed on tap menus at your favorite breweries. Touted for its health benefits and …

Is it Possible to Make Homemade Cheese? Yes!

Cheese isn’t something one needs to buy at the store. It’s not just possible to make homemade cheese, it can be easy! While most types of cheeses take some special ingredients and equipment, a few kinds can be made with ingredients and materials one likely has at home right now. Cheesemaking is a science, in fact, it might be the …

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Lagering 101: Pilsners, Bocks, and Dunkels

Lagers are darn tough beers to make. Their crisp and clean taste leaves little for imperfections to hide behind. Making a standup pilsner, bock, or dunkel can really test a brewer’s capabilities and equipment. If you’re thinking of brewing a lager, consider yourself warned! Is a Lager an Ale? No! All beer can generally be separated into two overarching categories; …

Second Chance Foods Doubles Down on CoolBots

Rescuing Food – Reducing Hunger – Raising Awareness Second Chance Foods does exactly that: They rescue food from grocery stores, restaurant suppliers, home delivery services and local farms that would otherwise get thrown out and go to waste. They get new food donations every single day, distributing it all within 24 hours to local hunger relief organizations. This constant stream …

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Kombucha Origins: The Surprising History of a 2,000-Year-Old Drink

Sourdough bread, kombucha, home improvements, meditation, vanlife conversions – the crippling anxieties and systemic shortcomings of this pandemic era have inspired us to try new things in different ways.  Kombucha, in particular, has gained massive popularity in the United States over the course of the past 10 years, and in these explorations of “at-home-in-a-pandemic-experiments” more people than ever are brewing …

The Beginner’s Guide to Vinification

Vinification is the process of turning grapes into the alcoholic beverage we know and love as wine. This process happens via fermentation. Vinification is an activity nearly as old as human civilization itself! A 2017 discovery found evidence that humans made wine as early as 8,000 years ago. These days, aspiring winemakers and enthusiasts go through years’ long courses in …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Brewing and Correctly Storing Sake

The sweet, clean taste of Japan’s national drink has long since hopped the oceans and made waves on eager tastebuds around the world. Unlike wine, sake is made from fermented rice instead of grapes.  The process of making this “rice” wine is akin to that of fermenting beer – and is totally possible to try at home if you’re feeling …

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Understanding the Spring Turkey Season in North America

The sound of gobbles and the scent of wildflowers fill the spring air during turkey season across North America. Hunting these birds is a cherished tradition across the continent. These beautiful birds are great for hunting, eating, and appreciating. Scientists estimate about 8 million turkeys live across North America. The vast majority (almost 90%) live in the U.S. Due to …

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Is Kombucha Good For You? The Surprising Benefits of Fermented Tea

Is kombucha actually healthy? Or is it simply another health fad, like coconut oil, kale, or acaí? Humans have enjoyed this fermented tea for thousands of years, starting in China and moving throughout the world. Surprisingly, given this long history of kombucha consumption, little scientific research has looked into the health effects of this drink.  Clinical Studies on Kombucha Health …

Florist’s Field Guide: Post-Harvest Care of Cut Flowers

Image by Daria Yakoleva from Pixabay Nothing brightens up a room quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, once a flower’s stem is cut, the wilting process begins. However, it’s possible to keep flowers alive and healthy after being cut. Water and refrigeration allow them to continue to grow and even bloom after being cut.  A vase of freshwater …