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  • Awesome Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Clone Recipe

    Posted on May 23, 2016 by David Ackley

    Terrapin Rye Pale AleJust like wheat and barley, rye is a cereal grain that can be used in making beer. It’s a huskless grain with an assertive, spicy flavor. To design a rye pale ale beer recipe, one could easily start with a good American pale ale recipe and add between one-half and one pound of rye malt to the mash. This will contribute the di...

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  • Our Favorite DIY Wine Rack Tutorials From Around the Web

    Posted on May 22, 2016 by admin

    What better way to display your last batch of homemade wine than a wine rack? We scoured the web and found our favorite DIY versions from fellow wine lovers. We hope to share some DIY inspiration for showing of the fruits of your labor: 1. Dresser to Bar The Charming Farmer’s DIY tutorial for transforming an old dresser into a bar is an amazing way to make something old new again! DIY Wine Tutorial Read More


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  • 3 Reasons Freezing Wine Making Fruit Should Be On Your Radar

    Posted on May 21, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Frozen Wine Making FruitQuestion, is it better to make wine with fruit that has been frozen? Thanks, Gerald ----- Hello Gerald, Thanks for the great question and bringing up a great wine making subject. Freezing wine making fruit is a great tactic for the home winemaker. It's one of the wine making tips I share with people quite often. Just li...

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  • The Difference Between Malt Extract vs All Grain Brewing

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by David Ackley

    Pouring Malt ExtractOne of the eternal debates in the world of homebrewing is around the merits of malt extract vs all grain brewing. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the questions. Homebrewers who love to make beer the way the professionals do it prefer all grain brewing. Homebrewers with limited time, space, and equipment may find it easie...

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  • Wine Concentrate vs Fresh Grapes

    Posted on May 19, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Napa Valley SignI have been making wine from top end ($200+) wine concentrate kits and really getting into it. I was wondering if I should continue with wine kits or jump into creating wine from fresh grapes. I guess my questions is: What will produce a better red wine, a high end wine kit or quality fresh grapes? Best Regards, Dominick S. ----- Hello...

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  • Choosing And Using A Homebrew Airlock

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by Bryan Roth

    Homebrew Airlock Close UpAs homebrewers, we spend lots of time cleaning and sanitizing our home brewing equipment to make sure nothing will ruin our beer. I often joke that our job is essentially that of a glorified janitor. But for all the effort we put into caring for our beer and the items it touches, it's important to never overlook the s...

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  • 5 Tips For Using A Wine Press

    Posted on May 17, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Using A Wine PressHere are five tips for using a wine press. This are basic tips that will help you get the most out of your press. Learning how to make wine using a wine press is very straight-forward. Even so, this tips should help you avoid the pitfalls we see most often. You Can Press More Than Just Grapes With A Wine Press: While wine presses ...

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  • 10 Homebrew Beer Recipe Kits To Get You Through The Summer!

    Posted on May 16, 2016 by David Ackley

    Beer Recipe KitAs the weather gets warmer, many homebrewers turn towards beers that are relatively light and refreshing – Russian Imperial Stouts are a bit heavy this time of year. Here are ten suggestions from our catalog of beer recipe kits that are perfect for warm weather homebrewing. Each recipe kit comes with all of the ingredients you need for a...

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  • Environmentally Friendly Ways to Make Wine

    Posted on May 15, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Making your own wine is a great way to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. There is no better way to ensure that the wine you drink is healthy for both you and the environment, than making it yourself. Making homemade wine give’s you control of the process, from picking ingredients to corking each bottle. You can ensure the ingredients and supplies you are using are eco-friendly and do not contain any unknown chemicals or preservatives.  While there are many ways to ensure your next bottle of wine is environmentally friendly, we have a few ti...

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  • Making Muscadine And Scuppernong Wine

    Posted on May 14, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Muscadine Grapes For Making WineMy question is related to making both Muscadine and Scuppernong with 100% pure juice. I have an opportunity to obtain 100% pure juice for both products with a Brix range between 22.0-23.0. I have always utilized real, whole fruit in all my batches and I am not sure if there are recipe differences when us...

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