If you’ve ever cut down a black birch, you will notice a wonderful wintergreen smell! You can actually make a birch beer (like sassafras soda) from the tree but it has to be the black birch. Click on the link under the photo for the recipe.
This is a lot of fun! I got the glass bottles, capper and caps, and set out making my own root beer. After mixing and boiling the ingredients and filling the bottles and capping them, you leave them at room temperature for about 2 days for desired carbonation. Then transfer to a refrigerator to stop the carbonation.
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We forage in the fall for wild choke cherries, wild plums, elderberries, Concord grapes, blackberries, and have even used our own rhubarb to make our wines. We juice them and then put them in a plastic food grade 5 gallon bucket, add water and yeast, cover with a cover that has a bubble stopper. Then let it sit for about a month to 6 weeks! If you are a beginner, it’s better to start with a winemaking equipment kit
We make our own elderberry syrup each year to put on pancakes or help fight against colds. We also love making a dry elderberry wine to put up for the winter. See our wine and vinegar section. Some years we can’t find enough berries or the birds beat us to them!