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    More Energy Consumption?

    Is it true that using your oven to dehydrate foods consumes more energy than a dehydrator? It makes sense to me that it would, but a friend insisted that since you are extracting the same amount of moisture in both cases, the power draw would be approximately the same.
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    Homemade Applesauce

    A friend of mine just gave me a jar of homemade cinnamon applesauce. I can't wait to try it! It looks chunkier than the store-bought version but I bet it's tastier.
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    Holiday Jam?

    Is there any particular jam that you associate with Christmas? I've heard of wintergreen jam, which is probably pretty good, but I've never had it.
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    Bottling Mishaps

    Have you ever had any problems during the bottling stage? What happened? I've overflowed bottles now and again, but fortunately haven't lost too much of any batch.
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    Doppelbock Recipe

    I found an all-grain doppelbock recipe online and was considering trying to make it. Have you ever made a doppelbock like this? How did it turn out?
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    Mead on Christmas?

    Do any of you have a glass of mead on Christmas Day? A friend of mine does, but I associate it more with summer than a winter holiday.
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    Christmas Candy?

    Do you make any particular type of candy this time of year? My parents make fudge every year. Sometimes my husband makes peppermint chocolate bark.
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    Friend Started Drinking

    A friend of mine who has always abstained from alcohol, has recently started drinking. She says it's because she wanted to share the experience with her husband, who has always enjoyed alcohol. We went out the other night and it was fun to introduce her to new drinks.
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    Brewing Light Beer

    I just read this article on brewing light beer. It sounds like you have to be very finicky when making light beer but I suppose it's worth it if you are really concerned about the calories. Have you ever brewed light beer?
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    Cider Recipes in BH&G

    The November issue of Better Homes & Gardens has some cider recipes, if you are a subscriber and you are interested. I think most of them were non-alcoholic, but I'm pretty sure I saw at least one hard version too.
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    Parents Need to Send Me Blackberry Jam

    My parents have redone their kitchen so they haven't made jam yet, but they have a ton of blackberries in the freezer. I told them last night they need to get cracking on the blackberry jam so they can send me some for Christmas. ;) I hope they do!
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    Homemade Pretzels

    My husband made soft pretzels at home yesterday. He's a huge fan so it was nice to find a recipe to make them. He says they were just okay though. Have you ever made homemade pretzels? If you have a good recipe, would you share it?
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    Finally Mulled Some Cider

    I was trying to hold out for Halloween, but I couldn't resist the siren song of cider any longer. We bought some last week and I mulled it. I've been drinking some every day because it's so good.
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    Pumpkin Beers

    Pumpkin beers are certainly popular this time of year. Have you ever made a batch of pumpkin beer? I haven't tried it yet. I don't even know if it's better to make the pumpkin beer now while pumpkins are actually in season or try to time it so the pumpkin beer is ready to drink now.
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    Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

    Have you ever had red raspberry leaf tea? It's supposed to be good for women's reproductive systems. I drank it after having my last child. I don't know if it helped me but it was fairly tasty all the same. It was a bit like green tea.
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    Irish Soda Bread

    Do you like Irish soda bread? I want to like it but every time I try it, it's too dry and tasteless for me. I don't know if I just haven't found the right recipe or if that's just the way the bread is.
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    Beer Chart

    Check out this infographic on beer types. It's pretty neat, even if it's difficult to read. Thank goodness they zoomed in for the later pictures.
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    Small Caramel Apples

    I don't know if you've seen it, but there is a recipe going around on Facebook for small caramel apples. Basically you use a melon baller to scoop out an apple sphere, then dip that in the caramel. It looks yummy and easier to eat, especially for kids.
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    Making More Cider

    Now that fall is approaching, are you making more cider? Is it hard cider or regular cider? I'm craving cider; I need to head over to the pub and have some, since I don't make it myself.
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    Rehydrate or Skip?

    Do you rehydrate your dry yeast before proofing it or do you skip directly to the proofing? I read that it's better to rehydrate but I'm not sure why since proofing would rehydrate it anyway.
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