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  • Making Your Own Toasted Oak For Wine

    Posted on February 21, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Toasted Oak For WineI have tried oaking wine to my satisfaction with oak chips. Now I want to make my own toasted oak strips. I purchased some white oak that I sawed into yard stick width and thickness.  I noticed in the wine supplies different types of flavors for oaking. I was told it was like flavored coffee. What should I do to the o...

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  • 8 Killer Tips For Bottling Beer

    Posted on February 20, 2017 by David Ackley

    Capper For Bottling BeerOf all the processes involved in making beer at home, the one that most often gets in people’s way of enjoying the hobby is bottling process. Why is this? Maybe it’s the sheer number of beer bottles that have to be cleaned and sanitized. Maybe it’s all the labels that have to come off the beer bottles. Whatever the reason, cha...

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  • How To Use Bottle Sealing Wax

    Posted on February 18, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Man Using Sealing WaxDear Mr. Kraus, Did not receive any instructions on how to use the bottle sealing wax beads I ordered . What is the best method to melt the wax beads. Have never used this wax before. Do you sell some type of melter. If you would please let me know how to use. Thanks, Sammy L. ----- Hello Sammy, How you use the bottle sealing...

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  • 6 All Grain Brewing Tips For The First-Timer

    Posted on February 17, 2017 by David Ackley

    Crushed grains for all-grain brewingSo you’ve finally decided to brew your first batch of all grain beer, congrats! Brewing with grains is a big step towards brewing just like the pros. Thinking back on my beginning homebrew experiences, here are some handy all grain brewing tips for brewing your first batch of all grain homebrew. This are just...

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  • Making Fortified Wine By Adding Brandy!

    Posted on February 16, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Making Fortified WineHave you ever thought about fortifying homemade wine. It's an interesting style that's made through a relatively simple process. You might want to see if it's something you're interested in... If you don't know what a fortified wine is, it's a wine to which brandy or some other spirit has been added. Since brandy and o...

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  • 2 Tasty German Pilsner Beer Recipes (Extract & All-Grain)

    Posted on February 15, 2017 by David Ackley

    Made Using A German Pilsner Beer RecipeThough pilsners originated in what is now the Czech Republic in 1842, very pale lagers quickly spread from Bohemia throughout Germany and other parts of Europe. These golden lagers are dry and bitter, featuring pilsner malt and a distinct note of noble hops. Most German pilsner beer recipes f...

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  • 3 Wine Making Starter Kits: Which One's Right For You?

    Posted on February 14, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    One Of The Wine Making Starter kitsMy husband asked me to write you and ask about which of your wine making starter kits he should get to make wine with. He does not really know the difference between them and would like you to advise on how to get started. Brenda ----- Dear Brenda, We have three different complete home wine making starter kits...

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  • Cool Tips For Brewing Lager Beer

    Posted on February 13, 2017 by David Ackley

    Result Of Brewing Lager BeerLagers differ from ales in that they are fermented at a much cooler temperature. Simple right? But the exact procedures and temperature schedule for fermenting lager beer may vary. Below are some general guidelines for fermenting lager beer at home. While ales typically ferment at room temperature (65-75˚F) all ...

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  • My Homemade Wine Has Bubbles And Sediment. What Should I Do?

    Posted on February 11, 2017 by Ed Kraus

      Wine GrapesI made 36 gallons of wine last year, a Alicante and Zinfandel mix. This was my first attempt at winemaking. I followed the instructions from a winemaking book. I racked the wine three times put in the proper extra ingredients then bottled it over the correct period of time. The wine turned out terrible. There is still sediment and it must...

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  • What Are Noble Hops?

    Posted on February 10, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Noble HopsPerhaps the most celebrated ingredient in American craft beer is the hop. It’s what gives beer its bitter quality, and it also contributes to flavor and aroma. The hop makes classic American Pale Ales citrusy, floral, or piney. Many homebrewers have heard the term noble hops. But what are noble hops, and what makes them so noble?   NOBLE HOPS...

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