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  • What's The Best Mash Tun Design For Homebrewing?

    Posted on February 27, 2017 by David Ackley

    Grains Into Coller Mash TunMaking the switch to all-grain homebrewing involves making some important decisions around equipment. In particular, what kind of mash tun should you get? Which mash tun design is the best? In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the options, but first, what is a mash tun? A mash tun is simply a vessel where cru...

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  • Try This Trick When You Back Sweeten Wine

    Posted on February 25, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Funny Way To Back Sweeten WineI am making European Select Chardonnay. I will be ready to bottle in a week or so. I have not done the stabilization & clarification step yet, which is when I would normally back sweeten wine. Can I complete all the steps, bottle half of it, and THEN sweeten the other half? Will the potassium sorbate add...

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

  • Irish Red Ale Beer Recipe (Extract & All-Grain)

    Posted on February 24, 2017 by David Ackley

    Made from an Irish red ale beer recipeWhy not try something a little different? How about brewing an Irish red ale beer recipe? It's a great option for those who prefer some malty sweetness over a dry, roasty flavor in their homebrews. Almost every American beer drinker knows of Killian’s Irish Red, but some might dispute the authenticity of tha...

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    This post was posted in Beer Brewing Blog, Beer Brewing Recipes

  • Darn It! My Wine Smells Like Rotten Eggs

    Posted on February 23, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Homemade WineFor the first time ever I ordered juice concentrate, your merlot and blackberry, to try making a large batch of my favorite flavors. Well, I followed the directions to the letter and it all fermented nicely in the primary. After 5 days racked it to the secondary, 6 gallon glass carboy but for the first time left a little head space of a coup...

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  • Secondary Fermentation: 3 Ways Your Beer With Thank You For It!

    Posted on February 22, 2017 by Bryan Roth

    Beer Going Into Secondary FermentationThere's an old adage when it comes to making your own beer: Ask ten homebrewers one question and you'll get eleven different answers. For such a unique, do-it-yourself hobby, there are all sorts of ways to approach homebrewing with just as many opinions and processes to consider. But for me, ...

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  • Making Your Own Toasted Oak For Wine

    Posted on February 21, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Toasted Oak For WineI have tried oaking wine to my satisfaction with oak chips. Now I want to make my own toasted oak strips. I purchased some white oak that I sawed into yard stick width and thickness.  I noticed in the wine supplies different types of flavors for oaking. I was told it was like flavored coffee. What should I do to the o...

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  • 8 Killer Tips For Bottling Beer

    Posted on February 20, 2017 by David Ackley

    Capper For Bottling BeerOf all the processes involved in making beer at home, the one that most often gets in people’s way of enjoying the hobby is bottling process. Why is this? Maybe it’s the sheer number of beer bottles that have to be cleaned and sanitized. Maybe it’s all the labels that have to come off the beer bottles. Whatever the reason, cha...

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  • How To Use Bottle Sealing Wax

    Posted on February 18, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Man Using Sealing WaxDear Mr. Kraus, Did not receive any instructions on how to use the bottle sealing wax beads I ordered . What is the best method to melt the wax beads. Have never used this wax before. Do you sell some type of melter. If you would please let me know how to use. Thanks, Sammy L. ----- Hello Sammy, How you use the bottle sealing...

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  • 6 All Grain Brewing Tips For The First-Timer

    Posted on February 17, 2017 by David Ackley

    Crushed grains for all-grain brewingSo you’ve finally decided to brew your first batch of all grain beer, congrats! Brewing with grains is a big step towards brewing just like the pros. Thinking back on my beginning homebrew experiences, here are some handy all grain brewing tips for brewing your first batch of all grain homebrew. This are just...

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  • Making Fortified Wine By Adding Brandy!

    Posted on February 16, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Making Fortified WineHave you ever thought about fortifying homemade wine. It's an interesting style that's made through a relatively simple process. You might want to see if it's something you're interested in... If you don't know what a fortified wine is, it's a wine to which brandy or some other spirit has been added. Since brandy and o...

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