How to make Scumble from Mort |

Name: Scumble

Inspired by: Mort

Secret Ingredient: Mainly apples

"It's made from the finest apples, you know. Well, mainly apples." - Nanny Ogg

Chef's Note

This recipe is time-consuming, and not for the faint of heart. Mix with dwarfish beer to make the highly alcoholic "Fluff" cocktail.


Making Scumble

You will need:

  • 5 gallons apple juice or cider (no preservatives, no added sugar)
  • 1 large pan
  • A reliable cooking thermometer
  • 5 lbs. brown sugar
  • 1 packet brewer's yeast
  • Sealable 5-gallon container with fermenting airlock
  • Iodophor (for sterilizing)
  • Siphon
  • At least 5 Mason jars
  • Sterilized thimbles, for serving


  1. Heat 1 gallon of juice over medium. Use the thermometer to check the temperature as it heats.
  2. When the juice has reached 110 degrees F (43 degrees C), stir in brown sugar well.
  3. While maintaining the same temperature, add yeast. Continue to stir until yeast have activated (refer to brewer's yeast package directions).
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool (about ten minutes).
  5. Add three remaining gallons of juice to the container.
  6. When the heated cider has cooled, add to the container as well. Top off with the final gallon.
  7. Attach the brewer's airlock and seal the container.
  8. Store in a cool, dark place (not inside your house!) for 6-9 days. Too much sunlight will kill the yeast, and waiting longer ensures the scumble will have a higher alcohol content.
  9. Every day, lightly tap the container to prevent pressure from building up inside the container.
  10. Sterilize the original apple cider jugs and siphon.
  11. Siphon the applejack liquid (not the sediment at the bottom) into the jugs.
  12. Freeze the containers until the scumble is solid.
  13. Open the containers and let the alcohol drain from the ice and drip into mason jars (about 1-2 hours).
  14. Pour out the melted water, refreeze, and let the alcohol drain again two or three more times.
  15. When the contents are stubborn to freeze, you will have about 80 proof scumble.
  16. Drink responsibly, by the thimbleful.

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