Pomelo mixed drink

Before I went off to Singapore for a business trip, I made another freshly squeezed juice drink. As I feel that I need more vitamin C in winter, I decided to make a juice with Pomelo, which is a huge grapefruit variety.

The pomelo has quite a thick peel and the fruit itself is harder than a normal grapefruit. However, the taste is more sweet and not so bitter.

I used the pomelo for my next drink and used following fruits to blend it with:

Ingredients:

– 1 pomelo

– 3-4 kiwis

– 2-3 apples

– 1 lime

– 1 lemon

– ginger

Needed:

– slow juicer or centrifugal juicer

How to make it?

Peel and slice all fruits. Make sure to have small pieces as it is not so easy to juice citrus fruits in a slow juicer. Alternatively you can also juice the citrus fruits with a citrus press.

Juice everything and put in bottles. This time I didn’t boil the juice and that resulted in less hot ginger taste than the juices I made before.

The juice has a nice green color and tasted delicious. Kiwi, citrus, apple and ginger are a match made in heaven!

If you are joining ‘Tournee minerale’ in Belgium, this is a good alcoholfree alternative drink!

Cheers 😊!

Beetroot citrus drink

Another veggie drink for week 4, but with beetroot. Beetroot is a very thankful vegetable to make juice of. I was surprised to see how much juice you get from just 1.5 kg of beetroot. However, as it tastes very earthy and sweet, I have added some citrus fruit (lemon and orange) to balance the flavor and sweetness.

Ingredients:

– 1,5 kg beetroot

– 3 lemons

– 1 orange

Needed:

– slow juicer

How to make it?

Peel the beetroot, orange and lemons and cut them in small pieces.

Juice everything in your slow juicer. Put the juice in a pot to heat up to boiling temperature. Just look at the amazing color!

Let it boil for another minute and cool down to around 75 degrees Celsius before filling it in a glass bottle.

Pour the drink in two glasses and add some sparkling water on top.

The juice tastes very nice, but might still be a bit too earthy as it was quite a big amount of beetroot. I would recommend to add less beetroot and maybe 1 lemon more. Something to play with. However, beetroot is very healthy and the drink looks almost like a cocktail :-)!

I’ll have to give the beetroot another try soon, but was already pleased with the first try!

Carrot ginger drink

After two delicious summer drinks with ginger, it is time to try adding some vegetables to my alternative juice drinks. As a first one, I opted for adding carrots, as it is an easy veggie to juice, gives a nice sweet taste and the color is very pleasant. This is another drink with ginger, as I just love the taste of it. Ginger should also help against a cold, so that is perfect in winter time.

Ingredients:

– 500 g of carrots

– 1 apple

– 2 ginger roots

– 2 lime

Needed:

– slow juicer

How to make it?

Peel all the fruit, carrots and ginger. Cut everything in small pieces. Put everything through the juicer. The carrots contain a good amount of juice and you can check the quality of your juicer on the dryness of the leftover pieces coming out at the other end of your juicer.

Add the juice in a pot to heat it. The color is so lovely.

After cooling down the juice to around 75 degrees Celsius, bottle the juice and store cold.

Enjoy the juice with ice cubes and sparkling water. The taste of ginger is quite overpowering and the carrots add to the sweetness. A perfect way to ‘hide’ some veggies in a drink without tasting it ;-).

Cheers!

Going tropical – passion fruit mango lime drink

Did my ginger lime mandarin honey drink make you linger for summer? Well then I have an even more tropical drink for you to close your eyes and get the feeling you are lying on a beach with the sun giving that warming light we miss in wintertime.

Ingredients:

⁃ 2 mango’s

⁃ 4 passion fruits

⁃ at least 2 limes

Needed:

⁃ slow juicer (this recipe is unfortunately only usable if you have a fruit juicer of any kind – a centrifuge juicer also works)

How to make it?

Slice the peeled mango’s and limes.

Press the mango and lime pieces through your slow juicer. Do this slowly as mango takes some time to be juiced.

Put the juice in a cooking pot.

Halve the passion fruits and spoon the seeds into the mango-lime juice.

Heat the juice with passion fruit seeds to boiling temperature.

Let cool down to 75 degrees Celsius. Sieve the juice-seed mixture through a cooking sieve to get rid of the passion fruit seeds.

Pour the juice in a glass bottle.

Put the bottle in the fridge so the juice can further cook down. When completely cooled down, fill the juice in two glasses. Add some sparkling water and your juice is ready to drink! The juice will foam and look like a cocktail, but then without the alcohol :-).

The taste of mango combined with passion fruit and a hint of lime is heavenly!

Just give it a try 🙂

Ginger lime mandarine honey drink – a bit of summer to enlighten the winter months

What is better then a freshly squeezed ginger smell? Making a drink of it :-)! This is my first alcohol free alternative beverage of the year.

I combined the juice of ginger root, lime and mandarin with some honey for this delicious summer feel drink.

Ingredients:

⁃ 1 ginger root

⁃ 3 limes

⁃ 3 mandarins

⁃ 2 spoons of liquid honey

Needed:

⁃ slow juicer or orange press

How to make it?

Peel the ginger, lime and mandarins and cut them in pieces. Press the pieces of ginger, lime and mandarins with your slow juicer. Put the juice in a pot to heat it together with the honey.

The reason for heating to boiling temperature is that you can keep the juice longer. Alternatively you can dissolve the honey in some water by heating it and then add to the juice when cooled down.

If you don’t have a slow juicer, press the lime and orange with an orange press. Slice the ginger and add the slices to the juice while heating it in a pot. The juice will extract the ginger taste by heating it up.

After reaching the boiling temperature, cool the juice down to around 75 degrees Celsius and put in a glass bottle. Let further cool down by putting the bottle in the fridge.

When completely cooled, pour some of the juice in two glasses.

Add ice cubes and sparkling water.

Taste to see if you need to add more juice or more sparkling water. The ginger taste is quite overpowering, and combines very nice with the lime. The mandarin and honey give the drink enough sweetness so the sourness of the lime is balanced out.

Now enjoy this summer drink with the thought that the sugar content is much lower than what you find in a normal soda or juice!

Fiebeer blog New Years Resolutions

It is that that time of year again where a lot of people make their New Years resolutions … and yes, you guessed it right, I am one of them. I simply love New Years resolutions. Why? Because it gives me energy to think that I can start something from new. Kind of like being born again.

It might have something to do with the fact that my birthday is in the start of January. So I have double chance of reflecting over the year that has gone and what to start putting my energy in for the next year.

This year I will dedicate more time for my blog. It gives me such an energy to see that people read my blog and hopefully also getting some energy or creative ideas from reading my crazy home brew experiments or my nights out in Copenhagen.

A very good friend of mine posted some ideas on her blog last year to write an even better blog. One of them was a weekly theme. That is exactly what I will try this year.

It will not surprise you that the first weekly theme will be ‘Beer of the week’. My husband and me love to try new beers. Therefore it won’t be difficult to tell you something about a new beer every week. As we are subscribed to Belgisk Bryg, we get Belgian beers every month at our doorstep. Those will be perfect to start. Of course it won’t be only Belgian beers I’m talking about. Every interesting beer that we taste, is an optional winner for the ‘Beer of the week’ award.

Another one of my New Years resolutions is to try to create healthy and tasty alcohol free alternatives. As I love juice and we try not to drink alcohol during the week days, this will for sure be an excellent way to get my creativity going with alcohol free beverages. Every drink is possible here, as long as it is not alcoholic. I will start with some homemade juices, but also hope to be able to show some alcohol free fermented beverages. Very exciting!

Apart from my blog resolutions, I also want to create more home brewed beers, along with moving on my cider project. As my home-brewery is almost fully working now, I can’t wait to tell you more about new beer recipes and tricks to make even better home brewed beers.

Are you ready? Let’s start the new year with even more beverage creativity :-).

Cider – made with special yeast

The fresh apple juice I made this year was not only used for drinking the juice, but also as the main ingredient in my ciders.

It is the second time I make cider, so I wanted to experiment a bit more to get different flavors. I had around 35 liter left after I pasteurized the juice just to drink. That was enough to divide it in two and make two different ciders types.

The first cider I am making is a regular dry cider without any additives. For this one, I only used the freshly squeezed apple juice. I poured the juice in my fermentation bucket and added a Torulaspora delbreuckii yeast (Prelude from Chr Hansen). This yeast can ferment up to 12-13 percent of alcohol, so that is fine as my cider will be maximum 7% alcohol (v/v). The Torulaspora gives a more full-bodied cider with a fresh fruity aroma. The fermentation was done at 17 degrees Celsius, to have a slower fermentation, resulting in more fruity flavors. Tasting after fermentation showed a dry clean cider taste with crisp fruity flavors.

The cider is being chilled at the moment, ready to be put on bottles…

For the second cider, I used honey as extra sugar source. This results in a more sweet cider with higher alcohol percentage. The final alcohol will be around 13 % (v/v). To make this cider, I dissolved 4 kg of honey in 8 liter water.

I dissolved the honey by warming up the water up to boiling temperature. In this way the honey also gets sterilized, making sure no wild yeast or bacteria can take over the fermentation. I also used the Torulaspora delbreuckii to kick-start the fermentation, but I added a normal Saccharomyces wine yeast (Jazz from Chr Hansen) after 5 days of fermentation. After fermentation, the taste was clearly more fruity, flowery and sweet than the cider with apples alone. The honey definitely gives an extra sweet touch to the taste and more fruity/flowery aroma to the cider. That combined with the better mouthfeel from the Torulaspora will definitely result in a winner cider.

Now both ciders are chilled, and after the yeast has settled, I will use my beer gun to put the ciders on bottles…

Turning my apples from the garden into delicious fresh apple juice

Our garden has been giving a lot of apples this year. We have tree 3 apple trees in our backyard, 2 belle boscoop and 1 unidentified species with two kind of apples on it. The belle boscoop trees were generous this year, compared to last year, and I gathered around 100 kg of harvested apples.

Belle boscoop apples are particularly good for preparing food like cakes, crumble, pie and to use in all kinds of stews and salads. They are also very juicy, which makes them ideal to press juice from.

4 years ago I tried to make apple juice for the first time in my life. At that time, I invested in a hand mill and press, but it took my husband and me two weekends and a lot of hand power to get juice out of our apples. In 2015, I teamed up with a friend, who has much better equipment (an electrical mill instead of a hand mill), which made the work much lighter: Cider making in 2015.

This year, I decided to try something different and I rented an electrical fruit mill + a balloon press from Maltbazaren.

The fruit mill was huge with a heavy motor, but this meant that I could just drop in whole appels without cutting them. That was for sure a plus!

I was impressed with how fine the apples came out of the press. It was literally apple puree: extremely finely mashed apples which already gave some juice as well.

The next step was the pressing of this apple puree. The balloon press I rented was very user friendly and could just be hooked on the water tap. You just turn the water hose on and the pressing starts.

The juice was amazingly sweet, probably because I waited until the first weekend of November to press my apples and they were very ripe. I measured the sugar in the apples with my densimeter and it was around 1040. It really tastes delicious 😋.

After the pressing, I divided the juice in three parts: 1. apple juice to be pasteurized so we can drink it just like that, 2. apple juice for making cider and 3. apple juice to be blended with honey to make a strong cider.

The apple juice to be pasteurized was put on bottles and then I used my Braumeister to pasteurize.

I put in 1 bottle with water, to measure the temperature inside the bottle. I waited until the temperature was 72 degrees Celsius and then I pasteurized then for 30 min.

We drink the juice now in the morning and it is still tasting fresh and nicely sweet.

Homebrewing is part of a lifestyle

It really is :-). I realized this recently now that I am brewing regularly at home. It is so much fun and every time there is the excitement of seeing the first bubbles in my ferment. It is a wonder what yeast is doing to the wort.

As my colleague putted it so well last week: ‘it’s like giving birth, the excitement of waiting to see the first bubbles’. I can’t agree less.

Homebrewing is the perfect combination of science, practical work and fun. It takes a day to brew <50 liter, so it is perfect to brew at home in the weekend. And after fermentation and bottling, you can enjoy your own beer. That is very satisfying.

It is very similar to other hobbies which include fermentation: wine making, yoghurt production or making kombucha. Also here, yeast and/or bacteria are doing the job and it is great to follow the conversion of the raw material into the final product.

There are so many people homebrewing, that it is really an established community. People are sharing ideas and are coming home to each other for a nice brew day. That’s the beauty of it, you can share with other homebrewing friends that are as excited as you are. I simply love it :-).

There are also many homebrewing shops around, either physically or online. My two favorites in DK are: Brewparts and Maltbazaren. The people in those two places are home brewers themselves and are very service minded. They are always willing to help out if you’re in doubt which malt, hops or yeast to use.

If you don’t have a dedicated hobby yet, I can recommend home brewing. It’s fun, you can do it with friends, it triggers your mind with scientific questions and you can enjoy the final beer as the cherry on the cake.

Cheers!

Exploring beers and delicious food in Aalborg 

Last weekend my husband and me visited some family in Aalborg. As they are also very much in to good food and drinks, we went out for some beers and delicious food. We started at Basement Beer Bar for some excellent craft beer. I felt very much at home after seeing the beer menu:


I decided to try the Bees for my honey from Amager Bryghus. A well-balanced beer with a clear hoppy aroma and bitterness, but balanced by the sweetness from the honey. Definitely one to warm you up in the winter months.

We continued our Aalborg exploration by dining at Restaurant Textur. It was good we made a reservation, as the restaurant was fully booked. We took the 5 dishes menu with accompanying wine. Simply delicious food and well-paired with the wine.


I liked especially the ‘sprød havkat’, which is a croquette from catfish. However every dish was excellent and nicely presented.

After the dinner, we wanted to finish the evening with a beer at The Wharf. This place looks amazing with all the barrels at the wall.


My husband had one of his best Westmalle Dubbel beers as it was on tap here. Not something you see often in Denmark. The bar is very cosy, has great beers on tap and is so far my favorite bar in Aalborg.

Even though my colleagues warned me, we did end up in Jomfru Ane Gade that evening. However, we had such a great time and I can definitely recommend exploring Aalborg, as the city has definitely great bars and restaurants to offer.

Cheers!