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  • The Difference Between Stouts and Porters

    Posted on April 29, 2016 by Bryan Roth

    Stout and PorterBeer blogger Bryan Roth explores the subtle differences between two classic beer styles: stouts vs. porters. -------------------------------------------------------- Brewing up a variety of beer recipes is one of the reasons why many get into the hobby of homebrewing. While you may be excited about creating something experimental (wate...

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  • My Wine's Fermenting Without Adding Any Yeast

    Posted on April 28, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Wild Yeast On GrapesWhy is my grape juice bubbling and I have not added my yeast yet. Name: Jerry R. State: PA ----- Hello Jerry, The simple answer is your juice is naturally fermenting because of wild yeast. This is why a wine will ferment without adding yeast, at all. Yeast is everywhere: floating in the air, landing on plants and animals. It is...

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  • 5 Session Beer Recipe Kits

    Posted on April 27, 2016 by David Ackley

    Friends Drinking Sessionable BeersIf you spent the winter brewing barley wines, double IPAs, and other high gravity beers, you may be ready for a change of pace. A session beer could be just what you need. As an easy way to get you started, below are 5 session beer recipe kits using extract and partial grains.   What are session...

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  • Adding More Grape Concentrate To Wine

    Posted on April 26, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Fading Grape ConcentrateI am getting ready to make 10 gallons of wine from 2 cans of Sun Cal Riesling concentrate. My question is would an additional can of Sun Cal Riesling really improve the fullness of the wine or would not really be worth the investment of shipping another can of concentrate? I have made a batch of this wine several years ...

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  • Late Addition Malt Extract & Late Addition Hops

    Posted on April 25, 2016 by Bryan Roth

    Late Addition Brewing IngredientsThere are plenty of ways to impact the aroma and flavor of your beer: the beer yeast you choose, additives, and especially malt and hops. But one important "ingredient" that can impact how your beer turns out is often overlooked – time. In recent years, two methods to create the most optimum homebrew h...

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  • Best Environments for Making Wine in Your Home

    Posted on April 24, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    It is essential to understand where you should and shouldn’t be making wine in your home. The difference between a good and bad batch of wine is dependent on the environment that it ferments in. Wine can be made in any home, but you must be able to find the best possible environment to achieve winemaking success. Space If you have some extra space, it is possible to have a winemaking station of your own. There are a couple of aspects to consider when finding the perfect location. First, and most important, is temperature control. In order to...

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  • Should I Be Adding Sulfites Before Bottling?

    Posted on April 23, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Bottling Wine With SulfitesI made an apple cider and a apple/blueberry cider. Both are in the aging process  (4 months before bottling). I have the apple cider in a 5 gal. oak keg and the blueberry on in a 5 gal. carboy. Should I be adding sulfites before bottling the wine? Name: Mike in NY State: NY ----- Hello Mike, If you are aging your ...

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  • How To Use A Hydrometer For Brewing Beer

    Posted on April 22, 2016 by David Ackley

    Homebrewer Learning How To Use A HydrometerDo you really need to own a hydrometer? If you want to know the alcohol content of your beer, wine, mead, or cider – then yes! Or, if you want to know how your fermentation is coming along – then yes! Here's instructions on how to use a hydrometer for brewing beer and how to determi...

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  • Using Artificial Sweeteners To Sweeten Wine

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Artificial Sweeteners To Sweeten WineI am a diabetic, but my doctor has suggested 2 glasses of wine a night. Can I use artificial sweeteners to sweeten my wines after the fermentation has stopped? Will it affect the aging after bottling? Name: Frank State: TX ----- Hello Frank, There is nothing that suggest that artificial sweeten...

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  • Selecting The Right Beer Yeast For Your Homebrew

    Posted on April 20, 2016 by Billy Broas

    Assortment Of Beer YeastGuest blogger Billy Broas delivers sound advice for selecting the right yeast strain for your homebrew: ------------------------------------------- Beer yeast is an underappreciated ingredient in homebrewing. Sure, we know that we must take the right steps to keep it happy: make a yeast starter, control the t...

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