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  • What's The Difference Between Muscadine And Scuppernong Grapes?

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Hello EC Kraus, Muscadine Scuppernong For Wine MakingI was wondering what the difference was between muscadine and scuppernong grapes? I hear people talk about both as if they were the same thing. Are they? Or are they different? Thanks Justin S., ----- Hello Justin, Both Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes are indigenous to t...

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  • How to Calibrate Your Homebrew Hydrometer

    Posted on July 29, 2015 by David Ackley

    Calibrated Hydrometer In BeerHow many times have you dropped your hydrometer in its testing jar or into a fermenter and the hydrometer tapped the bottom? Each time could tap the paper scale just a little bit out of place. Do that several times, and before long your homebrew hydrometer could be pretty far out of whack. When using scientific gad...

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  • Don't Waste The Wine!

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Spilled Glass Of WineI bought two wine making kits from you that makes 6 gallons (30 bottles). Last night we bottled the first wine and got 25 bottles. Is this about right considering you do lose some during racking? Approximately how much waste do you normally have due to sediments in the bottom? Mary M ----- Hello Mary, While there wi...

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  • Why and How to Brew With Yeast Nutrient

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by David Ackley

    Glass Of Homebrew Sitting In GrainsIf you've every thought about using yeast nutrient in your beers but haven't, then you may want to reconsider. There is little-to-no downfall in doing so and the additional costs are miniscule. Yeast is the magical microorganism responsible for turning sugar into alcohol. Without yeast, we would ha...

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  • Is Splenda Splendid For Sweetening Wine?

    Posted on July 25, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Splenda for sweetening wine.My question is in regards to Splenda as a sweetener.  I belong to two wine making groups from Yahoo Groups and on occasion Splenda comes up as the subject.  There are both pros and cons regarding Splenda as a sweetener.  Would very much appreciate hearing your opinion on using Splenda to sweeten wines. Thank you. Melinda _____ ...

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  • Summer Beer Recipe: Making Radler Beer

    Posted on July 24, 2015 by David Ackley

    Radler BeerHow would you react if someone suggested that you cut your beer with lemonade or soda? Would you raise your eyebrows in shock? Gasp with horror? Well, that's how you make a radler beer. In many parts of the world, mixing beer is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, many years ago in the US, it wasn’t uncommon to hear of people drinking shandy – a m...

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  • Don't Be Passing Out The Heartburn, When You're Passing Out The Wine!

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Courteney Cox Try To Get HeartburnI made wine from muscadines and gave a bottle to a friend they said that it gave them heartburn. Can you tell me what is in wine that would do that and can I make the next batch better..?? Thank you Chuck ----- Hello Chuck, That's a heck of a note. You give a friend a nice bottle of your own person...

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  • How "NOT" to Win a Homebrew Competition: Common Mistakes

    Posted on July 22, 2015 by David Ackley

    Man Holding Beer Bottles With Gold MedalWe’ve covered plenty of tips and advice for participating in homebrew competitions. But what about homebrew competition mistakes? Is there anything you absolutely shouldn’t do if you hope to hang a few blue ribbons on your wall? You bet! If you want to do well in homebrew competitions, do...

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  • Leigh Erwin: Making A Nebbiolo Wine Ingredient Kit

    Posted on July 21, 2015 by Leigh Erwin

    Making Wine Ingredient KitHi everyone! If you recall from my last entry, I had just started making another wine ingredient kit – a Ken Ridge Classic Nebbiolo. The primary fermentation was just bubbling away and everything seemed to be going smoothly. To prepare for secondary fermentation, I was a little curious how I was going to keep the el...

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  • Homebrewing: By the Numbers

    Posted on July 20, 2015 by David Ackley

    The 411 on home brewing measurements.Home brewing doesn’t require you to take a whole lot of measurement or to know a whole lot about the science side of the hobby. After all, people have been making beer for thousands of years, and it wasn’t until relatively recently that anyone really understood the role yeast played in the brewing process. But in order to ...

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