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  • Last Minute Guide For Wine Making Gifts

    Posted on December 10, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Santa With Wine Making GiftsWe are in the midst of the holiday season, and the days to purchase gifts for your friends and loved ones are going by quickly.  But there's still time!  Place your order with us by noon, December 19th, 2016, and you'll have it in time to place your wine making gifts under the Christmas tree. Perhaps you know so...

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  • 5 Beer Recipe Kits For Home Brewing In Winter

    Posted on December 9, 2016 by David Ackley

    Home Brewing In WinterIn a lot of ways, winter is high brewing season. For many, it's time to get the brew kettles out and the beer recipe kits on the way. Not only do the lower temperatures encourage us to hibernate, they support more moderate fermentation temperatures and open up beer styles that are more suitable for home brewing in winter. I...

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  • Do Wine Ingredient Kits Need Adjusting?

    Posted on December 8, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Ingredient Kit That Does Not Need AdjustingI purchased a California Connoisseur Merlot concentrate kit. Do wine ingredient kits need adjusting of any kind. Like does this concentrate consist of tannins?  If it does, would it hurt to add tannin to help it's staying qualities? Should I have an acid testing kit?  If s...

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  • Tips For Home Brewing In Cold Weather

    Posted on December 7, 2016 by David Ackley

    Home Brew In Cold WeatherMany homebrewers prefer to home brew in cold weather because it tends to be easier to keep beers within proper fermentation temperature range. Historically, the only way to brew lagers was to brew in the winter and store the beer in caves while it conditioned. While in some ways home brewing in cold weather is preferr...

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  • The Ultimate Home Wine Making Starter Kit For Beginners!

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Home Wine Making Starter Kit For BeginnersOkay, you've just gotten a wine making starter kit, but before diving head first into the fun of making some wine, it might be a good idea to get an understanding of what's actually in the kit and what it's used for – an introduction. Of course, all of the wine making starter kits tha...

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  • Fuller’s London Porter Clone Recipe (All-Grain and Extract)

    Posted on December 5, 2016 by David Ackley

    Example Of A Fuller's London Porter CloneWhen I was living out of the country in 2012, I was desperate to find good beer. Luckily, the grocery store carried a good number of imports from Germany, Belgian, and Great Britain. This is where I discovered Fuller's Brewery of London. The ESB and London Pride were both excellent, but ...

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  • When To Move Your Wine To A Secondary Fermenter

    Posted on December 3, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Showing When To Move Wine To Secondary FermenterI have a couple of questions about using the hydrometer and when I should remove the wine from the primary fermentation to the secondary fermentation and also after the wine fermenting is done. As I take readings I am a little confused about when to move wine to secondary fermenter. How...

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  • 4 Killer Tips For Kegging Homebrew!

    Posted on December 2, 2016 by Heather Erickson

    Kegging HomebrewToday’s guest post is from beer blogger Heather Erickson. Heather takes us through 4 tips that she has found to be important while transitioning from bottling to kegging homebrew. ----- Let's be honest beer lovers, there is just something about having a freshly poured pint of beer at your local watering hole. Don't get me wrong, I love...

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  • Wine Oxidation Prevention - Keeping This Destructive Process Under Control

    Posted on December 1, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Reason For Wine Oxidation PreventionYou don’t have to have a commercial winery to create excellent wines.  In fact, many home winemakers produce fantastic wines that are similar, if not better, than the wines you buy at your local wine shop.  However, as we’ve seen many times before on this blog, making top notch wine isn’t somethi...

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  • Quick Guide To Belgian Beer Styles

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by David Ackley

    One Of The Belgian Beer StylesBelgium has one of the oldest, most diverse, and vibrant beer cultures in the world, from the centuries-old Trappist breweries housed in monasteries to the multitude of artisanal farmhouse breweries littered throughout the countryside. There is a lot of history when it comes to Belgian beer styles. It would ...

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