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  • 5 Most Common Beginner Home Brewing Mistakes!

    Posted on August 24, 2016 by David Ackley

    Beginning Homebrewer v2Let’s face it: anyone can mess up a batch of beer. That said, people have been brewing beer for thousands of years and have learned a thing or two about how to do it. As a beginning home brewer, you have a wealth of information at your disposal to help you avoid falling into the common pitfalls. To help you avoid them, he...

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  • Making Muscadine Wine: On The Skins Or Just The Juice?

    Posted on August 23, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Muscadines For Making WineDo I need to leave on the skins with my gold muscadine must, as I do when I make purple scuppernong must? Or do I need to ferment without as most white wine recipes do when making muscadine wine. Love the advice we receive here. Always great. Thanks for your time and knowledge. Frank V. – TX ----- Hello Frank, Thank...

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  • Killer Braggot Beer Recipe! (Extract & All-Grain)

    Posted on August 22, 2016 by David Ackley

    Braggot BeerHave you ever heard of braggot beer? Braggot (also spelled bragot, bragaut, bracket, brackett, bragawd) is simply a hybrid between a beer and a mead, or a beer fortified with honey. I dove into Randy Mosher’s book Radical Brewing to learn a little more about brewing a braggot and discovered an easy braggot beer recipe for both extract and all-...

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  • How To Siphon Wine Without Disturbing The Sediment

    Posted on August 20, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Man Siphoning Wine From CarboyCan I add potassium sorbate to individual bottles as I fill the bottles with wine. I am making cyser and want to back sweeten with a little more honey and add the potassium sorbate to individual bottles. It is a 5 gallon recipe and was started in November. I want to bottle now, readings are telling me its safe. There is...

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  • Quick Guide To Understanding Brewing Water Chemistry

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by David Ackley

    Homebrewer With Brewing WaterIn home brewing, water chemistry can have a huge impact on beer flavor and quality. For one, it has to be clean and free of microbiological contamination. That’s a given to prevent spoilage. But in addition to that, the concentration of minerals in your brewing water can impact not only flavor, but also mas...

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  • Aging Your Homemade Wine In A Refrigerator

    Posted on August 18, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Aging Wine Under RefrigerationI hope this finds you well and prospering. Is aging homemade wine in a refrigerator OK, say for several months? Also, what temperatures would be best for storing the wines long term? Would long, cool storage affect the aging of the wine? Thanks, and keep up the good work, we sure appreciate your help in many...

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  • Express Your Mad Scientist: Experimenting With Homebrew

    Posted on August 17, 2016 by Bryan Roth

    Man Experimenting With HomebrewTo the chagrin of some, I like to experiment in the kitchen. Rather than follow set recipes or guidelines, I like to let the whimsy of the moment guide me, allowing sauces, herbs, and spices to point me in the direction of a dish, not necessarily knowing if the destination of my journey will end up good or...

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  • In Plain English: The Difference Between pH and Titratable Acidity In Wine

    Posted on August 16, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Explaining Difference Between pH AndTitratable AcidityWe are using pH 4662 test strips to find the acid in our fruit wines. We got the test strips from a wine making shop, The salesman said they were for acid but they say pH is this what we are supposed to have or is there a conversion to find the correct acid lev...

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  • Style Guide: Tips On How To Brew A Kölsch

    Posted on August 15, 2016 by David Ackley

    Kolsch BeerCrystal clear, the color of golden straw, a Kölsch is yet another excellent beer for summer drinking. With that in mind, here is a Kölsch profile overview along with some Kölsch brewing tips. Kölsch is an ale style native to Köln, Germany, known to us Americans as Cologne. Technically, only beers brewed in Cologne may be called Kölsch (but I don...

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  • There's Too Much Tannin In My Homemade Wine!

    Posted on August 13, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Wine With Too Much TanninI have 3 five-gallon carboys of zinfandel with a low pH of 3.00, and what I identify as too much tannin. The wine has been "aging" for 18 mos. now and still unacceptable by my taste. Is it too late to doctor it to lower the tannin? It has been stored cool (I'm in N. California) and I can't heat it. Too late for treati...

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