Making Black Birch Beer!

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.

Black Birch tree.jpg


Making Homemade Root Beer!

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.

Homemade Root Beer.jpg

Photo courtesy of


Wine Making

elderberry steamingWe 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