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  • Controlling Esters in Your Homebrew

    Posted on September 4, 2015 by David Ackley

    Ester coming from beerEsters are one of many byproducts of fermentation and they’re an important flavor element of many beer styles that are produced by the beer yeast. When things go well, the esters lend a subtle complexity to beer with aromas usually described as fruity, sometimes banana. But when yeast is stressed, ester production may go overboard, and...

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  • Getting Started With A Beginner Wine Making Kit

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Making Kit For BeginnerAlthough you do a good job of explaining the beginner wine making kits, I'm still not sure what I need to purchase.  I'd like to start making fruit wines and was looking at the Your Fruit Necessities Box.  I don't have any wine making products at all so I would like to know what I need to buy in addition to this kit.  ...

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  • My Wine Hydrometer Is Reading No Alcohol Content

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Zero Percent With HydrometerMy hydrometer says my wine has no, what can I do? ...and what did I do wrong? It's a cab, I let it ferment and it's clear but when I checked the alcohol level it said 0%, what can I do? Thanks Mike A. ----- Hello Mike, We get your question a lot: My wine is done fermenting, but the hydrometer is readi...

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  • Barrel-Aging Your Homebrew – Without a Barrel!

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by David Ackley

    Barrel-Aged BeerAs with wine, beer will often benefit from barrel-aging. Depending on the type of wood used to make the barrel and whether the barrel was previously used or not, barrel-aging homebrew offers an additional realm of complexity, with flavors ranging from oak, vanilla, and toast, not to mention the characteristics of the wine or s...

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  • What's The Difference Between Crushing And Pressing Grapes?

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Putting Grapes Into A CrusherAny of the wine making books you read, will tell you that wine grapes need to be crushed and pressed. The same holds true for the directions that typically come with any wine making recipes, but what does it actually mean to crush and press the wine grapes? Many beginning winemakers think crushing and pressing...

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  • “Copperhead” Hoppy Red Ale Beer Recipe

    Posted on August 31, 2015 by John Torrance

    Hoppy Red Ale BeerThis beer started out as many good beers do: attempting to copy, or “clone”, someone else’s good beer. One of my favorite local nano-breweries produces a very hoppy red ale that I have fallen in love with. They list the grains and hops used on their menu, but neither the amounts nor the process. It wasn’t very difficult to determine t...

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  • Leigh Erwin: Making Wine From Scratch

    Posted on August 29, 2015 by Leigh Erwin

    Strawberries for making wine from scratch.Hi all! Even though I’ve been continuing to order wine ingredient kits, I’ve been thinking a lot about making my own wine from scratch. Something about making wine from scratch makes me feel like I am in complete control over how the wine comes out, while when I make wine from a kit, it’s kind of like I...

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  • Starting a Homebrew Club

    Posted on August 28, 2015 by John Torrance

    Homebrew ClubThe comedian George Carlin once jokingly told people rather than waiting for someone else to make a path, you should go out and make one of your own. I think the same concept applies to starting a homebrew club. If there isn’t one in your area, don’t wait for someone else to do it, get out there and start one! I had been brewing fo...

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  • When To Measure The pH Of A Wine

    Posted on August 27, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Testing pH of a wine.I got some pH test strips but do not know what the optimal pH of wine is.  I was also wondering if pH can be adjusted at anytime during wine making process? Thanks, Joe ----- Dear Joe, Thank you for the great questions about the pH of a wine. pH is an integral part of any wine and needs to be correct for the wine to taste balanced. The ...

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  • 6 Tips For Making Your Beer Sweeter

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by David Ackley

    3 Sweeter Craft BeersThough in some instances you might appreciate a dry beer, it’s nice to mix things up once in a while and have a sweeter beer on hand. Or, when trying to dial in a beer recipe, you may find yourself wanting to increase the sweetness of the beer in order to balance out the bitterness of the hops. But you can’t just add simple su...

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