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  • When Do I Add Campden Tablets To My Homemade Wine?

    Posted on November 28, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Campden Tablets For WinemakingHelp! I was wondering if you can straighten me out on something. I have heard that you should add campden tablets before...

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    This post was posted in Home Wine Making, Wine Making Blog, Wine Making Ingredients

  • The Allure of All-Grain Brewing

    Posted on November 27, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    All-Grain Brewer Holding GrainsMost beginning home brewers start out brewing with malt extract kits. This is simple, not very time consuming, and the results are fairly predictable. As a home brewer progresses and becomes more accomplished, they then learn how to add some grains to their brewing process in a concoction know as a partial...

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  • Thanksgiving Is About Togetherness... And A Bottle Of Wine

    Posted on November 26, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Thanksgiving Dinner With WineIn my own humble opinion, nothing describes Thanksgiving better than the word togetherness. Whether it be with family, friends, co-workers or someone you just met, being together is what seems to make Thanksgiving come to life. Togetherness is what makes Thanksgiving worth celebrating. It is my deepest wish...

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  • What Are Noble Hops?

    Posted on November 25, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Noble hops held in hands.Perhaps the most celebrated ingredient in American craft beer is the hop. It’s what gives beer its bitter quality, and it also contributes to flavor and aroma. The hop makes classic American Pale Ales citrusy, floral, or piney. Many homebrewers have heard the term “noble” hops. But what are noble hops, and what makes them so nobl...

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  • Making Wine With Bread Yeast... Not!

    Posted on November 24, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    breadyeastwineEvery so often we run across someone who is making wine with bread yeast. Yes, I'm talking about the plain ole' yeast you pick up in the baking section of your local grocery store. And every time I hear of someone using bread yeast, the question that always screams in my head is, "why?" There are so many advantages to using wine yeast and ...

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    This post was posted in Wine Making Blog, Wine Making Ingredients

  • Reusing Beer Bottles For Homebrewing

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by David Ackley

    Bottled BeerMany homebrewers like to save money. Who doesn’t? One of the first opportunities for saving a few bucks while homebrewing is to reuse beer bottles you buy from the store. Sure, it saves some cash, but it does take a little extra effort. (But at least you get bonus points for being eco-friendly!) Here’s what you need to do to reuse beer bottles...

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  • Leigh Erwin: Cold Stabilizing Your Wine

    Posted on November 21, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Thermometer In Wine MustHi all! I’m still just waiting for my Cellar Craft Sterling California Chardonnay Reserve to finish clearing so I can move onto the next stage, but for now I wanted to talk a little bit about a specific stage in the winemaking process that I’ve noticed is never present in any of the winemaking kits I’ve made so far... C...

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  • 5 Tips To Improve Your Home Brews

    Posted on November 20, 2015 by David Ackley

    Homebrewer Sampling BeerAfter brewing a few batches of beer, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your home brews – to make them better. While there may be a lot of different things you can do, try just one at a time. If you’ve already brewed a few batches, you’ve probably got the bug. Don’t rush – there’s plenty of time to learn.  ...

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  • 7 Tips For Using Your Acid Test Kit For Wine

    Posted on November 19, 2015 by Ed Kraus

    Acid Test KitUsing a wine acid test kit is fairly straight forward. The instructions that come with the kit are easy to follow, and the process is somewhat simple. Where things can get confusing is learning how to interpret the readings. When using the acid test kit you are looking for a color change in the wine sample as you add solution to it. Determin...

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  • Homebrew Recipe of the Day: Saison Rue Clone (All-Grain)

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by David Ackley

    Glass of Saison RueThe Bruery in Placentia, CA, is one of the most respected Belgian-style breweries in the US. But instead of the standard lineup of saisons, dubbels, and trippels, this brewery makes a variety of inventive brews using unusual herbs, spices, and yeast strains. Many of their beers pack a punch in alcohol content, but all of them del...

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