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  • A Simple Guide To Choosing Wine Yeast

    Posted on July 30, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Winemaker Choosing Wine YeastI have been making wine from fresh must purchased in 6 gallon pails I can not seem to get it as dry as commercial wines. It appears all sugars have fermented, SG.end up around 0.992-0.994. Is there a certain method or specific yeast to use? I have been using lavlin RC-212 for reds. Should I be choosing a diffe...

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  • Racking Beer Into A Secondary Fermenter? Doesn't Hurt!

    Posted on July 29, 2016 by David Ackley

    Racking Beer Into Secondary FermenterThis past month, I bought my brother, who just started homebrewing, a Scotch ale beer recipe kit. Checking in on his progress, he asked me this question: “My beer is in the process of fermenting. We started fermenting it in the bottling bucket because we plan on racking the beer into a secondar...

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  • Why Is Stirring A Fermenting Wine So Important?

    Posted on July 28, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Stirring Fermenting WineI have started making 5 gal of Blackberry wine and I am using your ingredients. One question is in your wine recipe you say after the first day add the yeast with the fermentation bag still in the must and leave it for an additional 7 days before transferring it to the carboy. Should I continue to stir the wine also ? D...

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  • 2 Sparging Techniques: Batch & Fly

    Posted on July 27, 2016 by David Ackley

    Fly Sparging TechniquesFor all-grain brewers, sparging is the final step of the mash process when the grains are rinsed with hot water to remove the last remaining sugars from the mash. There are two sparging techniques: batch sparging and fly sparging. This article will explore the two methods and help you decide whether you should do a batch ...

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  • Why Using Pectic Enzyme Gets You A Clear Wine

    Posted on July 26, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    What Using Pectic Enzyme Does To WineI have made delicious peach wine in the past, but last year, the peaches were ripe when I was out of town. My son cleaned, sliced and froze them in freezer bags til I could get home. It's been 10 mos. and the wine refuses to clear - I've tried everything. Was pretty sure I had read you could fr...

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  • Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale Clone Recipe (Extract & All-Grain)

    Posted on July 25, 2016 by David Ackley

    Brooklyn Brewery Summer AleA classic summer seasonal beer is the Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale. At 4.8% ABV and 26 IBUs, it’s a lighter ale that will pair well with burgers, outdoor activities, warm sun, and good friends.   Grain Bill  Harkening back to its English heritage, this clone recipe uses English pale malt as the base. A smalle...

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  • If You Have Sediment In Your Wine Bottles, Don't Cry!

    Posted on July 23, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Crying Over Sediment In Wine BottlesSediment has long been an inconvenient reality for the home winemaker – one that if not dealt with properly can lead to sediment at the bottom of your wine bottles. It's enough to make a grown man cry. But if one takes the proper precautions they can guarantee that such a flaw does not happen to ...

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  • Dried Malt Extract vs Liquid: Which is Better?

    Posted on July 22, 2016 by David Ackley

    Dried Malt Extract vs Liquid 2There are a number of “this vs. that” debates in homebrewing: dry vs. liquid yeast, single vs. two-stage fermentation, extract vs. all-grain brewing. On both sides of the argument you will hear supporters of their chosen method insist that theirs is better. But often times the answer depends on the brewer, t...

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  • The Straight Talk On Acid Testing Wine

    Posted on July 21, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    acid testing wineThis will be my 3rd season of making wine. I have had some that were excellent and some that weren't. I have not done anything with acid testing wine. I believe if I do I will have more consistency. Can u explain in more detail the timing and amounts of acid testing. I have purchased the pH test strips to start with. I have read prev...

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  • 5 Cool Tips For Brewing Beer In The Summer

    Posted on July 20, 2016 by David Ackley

    Keeping Cool While Brewing Beer In The SummerThroughout the home brewing process, sometimes it’s easy to get a little stressed. With all the different steps, temperatures to hit, and precious beer on the line, we all want to make sure the batch turns out the way we want it to. On top of it all, the summer heat has a way of...

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