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I’m finally down to the second-last step in making my first batch of wine! View full article »

Some good friends of mine gave me an 8 beer assortment as a birthday gift. When they found out I had started a blog, he insisted I post reviews of the beers. I’m by no means a professional taster, but I know what I like. View full article »

The Watermelon Shark!

It was recently my birthday, and we hosted a small party at our place for some family and friends to get together. Well, really my wife hosted it and I generally just did what she wanted me to do. That included making a table centrepiece. The only difference is this wasn’t just a decoration, it was functional too! View full article »

This might be important to you. It’s also a question with a complicated answer. View full article »

I apologize for the lack of photos from each of the wine making stages. This is my first time making wine, so I really don’t want to screw up a batch. Also the whole cleaning and sanitizing part of this process makes me want to keep from touching anything I don’t need to, and I was doing this without any assistance.

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Winnipeg Wine Festival

Every spring the Winnipeg Wine Festival comes to town. It’s a fundraising event put on by the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, and sponsored by over two commercial and media companies. This year the theme regions are British Columbia and Ontario.

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Time to shop for some ingredients…

{Ms. Buena Vida}

Presenting! An incredible vegan lunch for one. It’s a chunky, filling salad with a flavor punch, Ka-Pow! It’s ridiculously gooood!!

Salad-

1 avocado, chopped in chunks

1/2 C. tomatoes, diced (or grape tomatoes quartered)

1/2 C. greens (kale, arugula or spinach), chopped

1/2 C. cooked garbanzo beans

S&P to taste

Dressing-

1/2 clove fresh garlic, optional

2 T. raw apple cider vinegar (or any wine vinegar)

1/2 T. dijon mustard

1/2 T. agave nectar

1 T. olive oil

1/2 C. fresh basil

Make it-

In a mini food processor, run the garlic through. Except for the basil, pulse the remaining dressing ingredients until emulsified (kinda creamy looking). Now, add the basil and pulse a few times leaving the basil a little chunky. Like this…

In a medium bowl, lightly toss the the veggies in your delicious dressing, salt and pepper and enjoy!

I have a giveaway going on now! Check it out here.

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New design!

After a week and a half of a rather drab and generic looking site, I’ve got a much more theme and content appropriate look.

Please leave a feedback, and let me know what you think of the redesign. I’ll make sure to pass those comments on to the graphic designer. Personally, I love the look of it… but I think I hold a slight bias.

Wine kits and beer kits don’t all take the same amount of time to complete. The time between starting the kit and bottling varies depending on the type of kit.

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After waiting the required 5-7 days, it was time to test the specific gravity to see if the wine was ready to see if it was time to move on to step 2 in the process.

I prepared the equipment needed for this step. Again, cleaning and sanitizing anything that comes in contact with the wine is essential.

Equipment:

  • Secondary fermenter (carboy)
  • Siphon rod and hose
  • Wine thief
  • Hydrometer
  • Airlock & bung

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