It is clearly Thursday and I am alone at work today. The two main people I work with are gone, and I’m going at it alone today. I am fine with this, it actually feels good to be here alone.
Today is the day that my wife’s friend comes in, and we are getting Chinese food for dinner. I have been on a successful diet recently and did some investigating, as far as food choices go. I have decided to stay as healthy as possible, while still ordering food off the menu. I will get some Egg Drop Soup as a starter and Beef and Broccoli for the main course. I know my wife will be getting General Tso’s chicken like she always does.
On a very different note, I think I will start the process to make Apple Jack. I saw a video on it and how easy it was to make and I thought I’d give it a try. It involves ‘Freeze Distilling’ and is pretty simple. Here is are the steps I’m going to follow:
Make Apple Jack
-5 Gala Apples
-5 McIntosh Apples
-3/4 Cup White Sugar
-1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
-Quarter the apples, and place them in a large pot
-Add enough water to cover by at least 2 inches
-Stir in the sugar and cinnamon
-Bring to a boil, and boil uncovered for 1 hour
-Cover the pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 more hours
-Strain mixture, and discard solids
-Refrigerate until cold
** You Now Have Cider**
**Quick edit: I will need to ferment the cider**
-Pour cider into suitable food grade bottles
-Freeze overnight, uncovered
-Invert the bottle, into a measuring cup
*As the runoff passes the neck of the bottle it will cause an air lock*
-Lift the bottle every few minutes to allow the runoff to escape
-When the frozen part in the bottle is very pale you will be done
**The Runoff Is Now Apple Jack**
-Age the Apple Jack, by storing it in a mason jar for about a week
-For added flavor add Oak chips
I have had an interest in brewing in the past and I am still looking for that drink of choice to get me hooked. My wife’s grandfather makes wine of all kinds and it is delicious. I may have to get his recipe soon. I have tried my hand at making Meade, which is a honey based wine, and here are a few pictures of my two batches from a while ago:
I made first a very traditional Meade with no real flavor, kinda gross. You can see that is the lighter of the two. The other one I made a few days later was with back berries and you can see that it came out a little darker.I did it on the cheap all for around $20. You can tell by the use of plastic water jugs and balloons, instead of carboys and air locks haha. I did buy a corker, corks, and bottles to make it look good.
For this Apple Jack, I will use mason jars that I already have and try to wing it the rest of the way haha. It basically concentrates the alcohol content of the juice when you freeze it, because the watery part freezes and the rest doesn’t. I’ll try to document what I can, and let you know how it turns out.
That’s all from me today. I think I’ll leave work early since I’m getting kinda bored. Maybe I’ll go buy apples!
C-Ya tomorrow! 😀 😀