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Mystifying conconction

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Mystifying conconction

Sandy | Oct 20, 2003 10:46 AM

In going through my collection of family cook books dating back into the late 1800's, I have run across the following untitled recipe handwritten and inserted into one of them:

3 lbs granulated sugar
1 box seeded raisins
1 1/2 lbs cheapest rice
1 yeast cake
2 oranges - seeded
1 gallon tepid water

Cut oranges in small pieces, do not take the skin off. Put all ingredients in stone or glass crock, or wooden keg and cover with cloth; stir daily with wooden spoon or paddle for three weeks. Strain through filter paper or cloth and bottle.

I have no experience with making fermented beverages, so I ask any chowhound with appropriate experience to help me figure what this might be, and whether or not it is likely to blow the back off the garage if I try to make it, or the top of my head if I were to drink it.

I've found that the handwritten and inserted recipes are generally much more interesting than the printed ones.

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