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  • Cooking with Beer: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

    Posted on May 25, 2015 by David Ackley

    Chocolate Stout CupcakesThere are lots of culinary uses for beer: marinades, soups, sauces, baking, cocktails. Cooking with beer is just one more way to bring creativity into your homebrewing hobby. A few years ago, I discovered a recipe for some the most decadent cupcakes I’ve ever had – and they just happened to be made with beer! For this r...

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  • It's All About The Grape!

    Posted on May 23, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Napa Valley Grapes MalbecI was talking to one of our customers on the phone, yesterday. We got to talking about the different homemade wine kits he's made over the last few years. He mentioned how he used to make wine using ingredient kits from our European Select and Legacy brands, but now he only likes to make wine from our top-end kits suc...

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  • Easy American Wheat Beer Homebrew Recipe (Extract w/ Grains)

    Posted on May 22, 2015 by David Ackley

    Man Holding Wheat BeerWith summer now officially here, an American wheat beer is something you want to consider brewing. It’s a pale, refreshing beer exhibiting the soft, somewhat sweet, grainy flavor of wheat. A typical American wheat beer recipe will produce a beer with low to moderate alcohol content and a low to moderate hop character. It’s ...

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  • Leigh Erwin: What To Make Next...

    Posted on May 21, 2015 by Leigh Erwin

    Bottled Vineco WinesHi everyone! Well, after the whole filtering debacle from last time (with my Rosso Fortissimo), I am more than ready to move on. I’m sure it’s just something I did—I probably just pushed on the pump on the wine filter too hard or tried to send the wine through when it wasn’t clear enough, but I’ve made my peace with it. After r...

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  • 5 Tips For Getting More Beer from Every Batch

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by David Ackley

    Pellet Hops In Muslin BagWhen homebrewers make a five-gallon beer recipe, they expect to end up with a full five gallons of beer. To avoid the frustration of ending up with less beer than you bargained for, check out these five ways you can be sure to end up with your proper allotment of homebrew — to minimize the loss and maximize the beer: ...

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  • Using A Hydrometer To Adjust A Wine's Sweetness

    Posted on May 19, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Hydrometer In Jar, Top ViewMost 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 it is about right, bu...

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  • Start Brewing Your Summer Beers Now!

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by David Ackley

    Summer Homebrew By The PoolHomebrewers always need to be thinking ahead. Though it’s still spring, the heat of the summer will be upon us before we know it. Do you know what you’d like to be drinking this summer? Here are twelve summer beer recipe kit to quench your thirst in the heat!   Best Beer Recipe Kits for Summer Blonde Ale – In the sa...

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  • Wine Ideas: Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine Recipe

    Posted on May 16, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Strawberries And Rhubarb ChoppedStrawberry and rhubarb is a traditional, country combination that has worked deliciously for pies for who knows how long. With that country combo in mind, here's a wine recipe that takes both great flavors from the pie pan to the wine bottle. This is a strawberry-rhubarb wine recipe that has been made by...

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  • Introducing: Steam Freak Blue Noon (A Blue Moon Clone Recipe)

    Posted on May 15, 2015 by David Ackley

    Steam Freak Beer Recipe KitsBlue Moon is a very popular beer in the United States. Many consider it a “gateway beer” to other beer styles from around the world. Based on the Belgian witbier style, Blue Moon is a hazy, golden orange brew with pronounced orange flavors. As with traditional witbier, Blue Moon is brewed with orange and coriander and...

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  • How Much Wine Yeast To Use?

    Posted on May 14, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Packet Of Wine YeastI completed a recipe for 1 gal of Dandelion Wine. My Question is: The packet of wine yeast I received was enough for 5 gals of wine. In my logic I decided to just use on 1/5 of the yeast. I poured all the yeast out on a dish and divided it into 5 equal portions. Then I used just 1/5 of the yeast for my 1 gal of wine. Was ...

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