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  • Sweet Idea! Adding Fruit To Wine Kits

    Posted on March 25, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Adding Fruit To Wine KitsWe did a Chardonnay wine kit recently. The results were very good, by all accounts. What is your position on mixing peach, apricot or even persimmon into a batch of that? Wondering. Thanks in advance for your time. Jeff ----- Hello Jeff, Adding fruit to wine kits is a great way to enhance any attractive characteristi...

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  • Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Clone Recipe

    Posted on March 24, 2017 by David Ackley

    Drinking Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Clone RecipeDogfish Head’s popular 60-, 90-, and 120-Minute IPAs came into being through a pretty innovative hopping technique. Instead of adding hops at intervals, the hops are adding continuously through the boil. Early on, Dogfish used a modified foosball table to shake the hops in...

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  • My Favorite Strawberry Wine Recipe

    Posted on March 23, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Wine made from strawberry wine recipe.If you could take springtime and put it into a bottle you would most likely end up with something close to a strawberry wine. For me, strawberry wine is the very essence of spring. Its flavor is bright and fresh. Its aroma is floral and sweet. As far as I'm concerned strawberry wine represents all things spring qui...

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  • Bottling Homebrew with Flavored Liqueurs

    Posted on March 22, 2017 by David Ackley

    Beer With Flavored LiqueurDid you know that you can bottle your homebrew beer with flavored liqueurs? Adding liqueur at bottling time is one way of adding more flavors to your homebrew, especially when making a fruit beer. Liqueurs are lower-alcohol spirits flavored with fruit, herbs, spices, or nuts, and then sweetened. These concoctions ar...

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  • Using A Hydrometer To Adjust Wine Sweetness

    Posted on March 21, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Adjusting Wine Sweetness With HydrometerMost wine recipes give a SG [specific gravity] for starting fermentation and at the completion of fermentation. My wine usually ends up dry, so when I bottle it I usually stabilize it and back-sweeten most of it. I've been just adding sweetener a little at a time and tasting until I think...

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  • Sweet! Home Brewing With Chocolate

    Posted on March 20, 2017 by David Ackley

    Home Brewing With ChocolateAmong the many different herbs, spices, and flavor additives that can be used to make creative and intriguing homebrews, chocolate is one of the most tantalizing. Is it chocolate’s antioxidant power? Its aphrodisiac properties? Whatever the reason, millions of people around the world find chocolate irresistible, s...

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  • How Do You Make Non-Alcoholic Wine?

    Posted on March 18, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Non-Alcoholic WineHow do you make non alcohol wine? I am interested in doing this. Do you have information that can tell me how to do this? Thank You! Lloyd _____ Dear Lloyd, Unfortunately, making non-alcohol wine is something that requires special equipment and a little technical know-how. You could mix up some Welch's grape concentrate and call th...

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  • Award-Winning Munich Dunkel Lager Recipe (All-Grain)

    Posted on March 17, 2017 by David Ackley

    Beer Made From Munich Dunkel Lager RecipeWe recently explored some famous German beer styles. The next one on my “to brew” list is a Munich Dunkel Lager. Here's some of the basic characteristics of this German style beer. A Munich Dunkel is a dark lager (dunkel = dark in German). But just because it’s a dark beer doesn’t mean ...

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  • Preparing Your Corks When Bottling Homemade Wine

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Wine corks waiting to be prepared for bottling wine.Correctly preparing corks for bottling wine is important. Not only should the wine corks be sanitary, but they should be softened just enough to allow your corker to put them in the wine bottle with ease. There are two basic ways to go about sterilizing and softening wine corks: This first involves subm...

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  • Calibrating a pH Meter for Brewing Beer

    Posted on March 15, 2017 by David Ackley

    A pH Meter For Brewing BeerMeasuring pH is an important part of all-grain brewing for a number of reasons. pH influences starch conversion during the mash, the quality of fermentation, resistance to infection, and flavor. While it’s possible to make good beer without paying any attention to pH, being able to measure the acidity ...

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