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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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  • Double The Sugar To Sweeten The Wine... Wrong!

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Potassium Sorbate With Sugar CubesMost of my "fresh fruit" wines are dry. I was talking with a gentleman who also makes his own wines. He told me to double up on the sugar to sweeten my batches. Right now I have a batch of wine (brewing since mid-May). It needs to be racked again. If I add sugar to this batch now, will it start ferme...

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  • How To Make Chicha: Corn Beer Recipe

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by David Ackley

    Native Central AmericansWhat would you do if corn were the only grain you had available to brew with? You’d make corn beer with it! That’s exactly what native cultures throughout Latin American have done for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. Plenty of variations exist, but chicha is a corn-based beer traditionally made by chewing the co...

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  • Keeping Fruit Wines In Fruity Balance

    Posted on June 20, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Balancing Wine Making Fruit Thank you for your wine making newsletter each month. It is very informative and helpful to me in my winemaking.  I have a question, "How do I keep the  fruit flavor in my wine? I end up with about 13 percent alcohol content but am losing the fruit flavor. Could you help? Ed H. ----- Hello Ed, Thank you for all t...

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  • How to Clear Your Beer with Gelatin

    Posted on June 19, 2015 by David Ackley

    Gelatin to clear beer.Using gelatin is a very effective way to clear beer. But what is it, and how does it work?   What is Gelatin? Gelatin is derived from animal collagen. Now, hold on to your stomachs for a second. Collagen is a protein found in connective tissue like tendons, bones, cartilage, and skin. It’s processed (heated) to form gelatin, ...

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  • Leigh Erwin: My Stuck Fermentation

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Leigh Erwin

    Woman with a stuck fermentationHello fellow home winemakers! In case you haven’t been following my posts, my latest issue in my home winemaking adventures is a seemingly slow or stuck fermentation with my Cellar Craft Sterling Chardonnay. I had set up the primary fermentation according to the letter, but six days later, the specific gravity ha...

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