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  • Is Oxygen Good Or Bad For Wine?

    Posted on July 4, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Wine being exposed to too much oxygen.Hello Kraus, I just started to look into making wine. I read some articles on your website and others. One thing confusing me is it seems like oxygen in the wine is good when it is being made but bad after it is made. How can oxygen be both good and bad? Thanking you in advance, Greg ----- Hello Greg, O...

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  • A Quick Guide To American Hop Varieties

    Posted on July 3, 2015 by David Ackley

    American Hops With American FlagAre you planning to brew on the 4th of July? What better time to brew something American! When brewing American-style ales and lagers, it just makes sense to use hops grown here in the USA. (Personally, I think hops should be the national plant!) American hop varieties display a wide range of flavor and ...

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  • 5 Myths About Homemade Wine

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Myth vs Reality About Homemade Wines.There are many misconceptions and misguided assumptions about making wine at home. Most all of them are perpetuated by individuals who never even tasted or made homemade wine. Others are simply born out of the mystique surrounding the commercial wine industry. How can something so sophisticated be made at home? Here...

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  • 12 New Budget-Friendly Homebrew Kits from Black Rock Brewery!

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by David Ackley

    Black Rock malt extract beer kitsWe’re excited to share that we’ve added twelve new homebrew beer kits to our lineup of malt extract beer kits! These kits are very easy to brew – ideal for anyone new to homebrewing or for seasoned homebrewers looking to simplify their brew day. Each kit is fully hopped and comes with straightforward directions to ...

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  • When Should I Filter My Wine?

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Wine FiltersWhen should I filter my wine? I have a wine that is about 4 months old and I'm wondering if it is to early to filter it. Don ----- Hello Don, When first learning how to make your own wine it is important that you don't become too impatient, however since the wine has been bulk-aging for 4 months, I would say you've been patient enoug...

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  • IPA Session Beer Recipe (All-Grain & Partial Mash)

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by David Ackley

    Two men drinking a ipa session beer.“Session” beers are all the rage these days. Though super high-gravity beers have their place, beer drinkers seem to be trending back to beers that are easily drinkable – something you can enjoy a few pints of without necessarily getting a headache the next day. Such is the case with this IPA session beer re...

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  • Leigh Erwin: A Slow Fermentation

    Posted on June 27, 2015 by Leigh Erwin

    Woman With Face In HandHi everyone! Last time I checked in, I think I solved the slow fermentation issue I was having with one of my wine making kits. I did this by increasing the temperature of my wine with a heating pad. The fermentation was simply too cool for the yeast to ferment. Things still moved along very slowly after that, but it even...

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  • Where Do Brewing Hops Come From?

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by David Ackley

    Hops Being HarvestedHops are the flowers from the plant known as humulus lupulus. The hops plant sends up vines (technically “bines”) in the spring, which may climb as high as 20 feet or more. Since only the flowers are used in the brewing process, only the female hops plants have commercial value for brewers.   Where Do Brewing Hops Grow Br...

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  • My Air-Lock Is Going Backwards!

    Posted on June 25, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Air-lock that is bubbling backwards.Can you give me any information on how barometric pressure would affect the fluid level in an air lock. Some days they show negative pressure and a day or two later they are making bubbles again. I can't tell if fermentation is done or not. Thank you Jerry ----- Hello Jerry, An air-lock is what seals the outside wor...

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  • Bottling My Black Lager Beer

    Posted on June 24, 2015 by David Ackley

    Black Lager BeerAfter three months of patience, it's finally time to bottle my black lager beer It's been quietly waiting at about 40°F for the lagering phase and I can't wait to taste it. Three months seems like a long time to wait for beer, and it is. That's why very few craft breweries make lagers. They just can't commit to tying up that much fermentati...

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