Rendering Beeswax from a Hive

Initially, I wasn't planning on having a lot of beekeeping posts here on Multicultured, but things like honey harvests and rendering beeswax are a) pretty cool projects that most people probably don't get to see and b) a lot of the honey ends up in giant carboys for mead making, so, well, it just makes sense. ... Continue Reading →

Honey Service in Peru

We have friends who are traveling in Peru, and they sent this shot of the honey service at their hotel's breakfast spread. I think this is amazing. They just cut the caps off the honey cells and let it drip on down. Great presentation. Vastly more impressive than good old crush and strain. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle... Continue Reading →

Tempeh – Care For Some Mold With Those Beans?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Unlike most of the fermentation projects I play with, tempeh is not a wild ferment, at least not where I live. Indonesian in origin, traditional tempeh is made by incubating soybeans at tropical temperatures - i.e., ambient temperatures in Indonesia - until an edible white mold grows in, usually within... Continue Reading →

Jun, Kombucha’s Eccentric Sibling

In the universe of vinegar cousins, kombucha is probably the best known. It's become one of America's fad miracle drinks and is widely available in grocery stores and even gas stations here in Atlanta. It's easy to grow too - you can buy a bottle of commercial kombucha and leave it open to the air... Continue Reading →

Aerobic vs Anaerobic Fermentation

Among fermenters, there's a vast diversity of opinion when it comes to a somewhat arcane topic - whether ferments should be aerobic, i.e., open to the outer environment, or anaerobic, i.e., produced in a hermetic environment either through the type of vessel it's in or beneath an airlock. First, it's probably important to understand that... Continue Reading →

Honey Harvest – Crush & Strain

Not strictly fermentation related, but I recently had the pleasure of joining a friend for a sizeable honey harvest from his year-old beehive. Steve and I have been brewing (and drinking) beer together for a number of years, and when he decided to put a hive in his back yard last year, I was between... Continue Reading →

Vinegar Basics

Vinegar is one of those entirely misunderstood but constantly used edibles. It's mixed into salad dressings and marinades, used as an eco-friendly household cleaner, and even applied topically as shampoo. But what is vinegar, and where does it come from? Put as simply as I can, vinegar is a secondary fermentation of sugar. In nature,... Continue Reading →

Make Sauerkraut!

It's not a suggestion! Sauerkraut was my gateway fermentation project many years ago, and I've been hooked ever since. It's super easy, requiring a knife, some salt, a head of cabbage, and a jar. Alternatively, you can use bagged cole slaw mix and brine to create delicious, nutritious sauerkraut. You can embellish as much as... Continue Reading →

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