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  • Adding Yeast To Homemade Wine: Dried vs. Rehydrating

    Posted on February 28, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Checking temperature before adding yeast to homemade wine.Maybe you can answer a question that I have. When adding wine yeast to a juice or kit, do you need to place it in hot water as the directions say on the yeast package, or can you just sprinkle it onto the must? I noticed that some wine recipes call for the wine yeast to be placed in hot water ...

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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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  • The Art Of Fining And Filtering Wine

    Posted on January 31, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Fining And Filtering WineYour article on fining agents was superb. It informed as to what other benefits (other than clarity in a wine) that fining agents can produce. My question regards the connection (or benefits) of fining and filtering wine. 1) If you filter a wine, should you also use a fining agent? 2) Conversely, if you're fining a wi...

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  • How Long Does It Take To Make Wine?

    Posted on January 26, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Woman Wondering How Long Does It Take To Make WineOne of the more common questions we get asked by beginning winemakers is, how long does it take to make wine? And most often they begin to show signs of excitement after we explain to them that it does not take nearly as long to make as they think to make a good batch ...

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  • Wine of the Month: Apple Wine

    Posted on October 1, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Apple wine, also commonly referred to hard cider, is one of the oldest fermented beverages in the United States. This crisp, sweet wine can be made from fresh apples, apple concentrate, or even apple cider. Even better, October is the perfect time to pick apples from your local orchard. Fall is a great time to make this wine. Read on to find out more about apple wine, along with our exclusive recipe and wine pairing tips. Pick Your Apple Similar to baking an apple pie or apple tart, different apples will yield different flavors. For a sweet...

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  • Wine of the Month: Pear Wine

    Posted on September 1, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Our wine of the month is pear wine. This lightly colored, sweet wine packs in the nutrients given the healthful properties of its main ingredient: pears. In addition to a delicious recipe, we’ve got some useful tips so you get the most flavor out of your wine. Why should I make pear wine? Pears are a member of the rose family of plants and are chockfull of antioxidants, dietary fiber, and flavonoids. In fact, about half of the fiber found in the pear can be found in its skin. The phylonutrients contained in this delicious fruit not only con...

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  • Ed Kraus' Wine of the Month: Concord Grape

    Posted on August 1, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Our wine of the month is Concord grape. Native to North America and also known as a “backyard garden grape,” it is the most popular grape in the country. Named after Concord, MA, where it was originally grown, the Concord grape is rich and full-bodied in flavor. Although you can commonly find this fruit in jams, jellies, and juices, it’s time to kick things up a notch. Discover our wine recipe for Concord grape wine and reap all of the delicious benefits. Why should I make Concord grape wine? This dark-skinned grape variety, a.k.a. the fox ...

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  • Our Favorite DIY Wine Rack Tutorials From Around the Web

    Posted on May 22, 2016 by admin

    What better way to display your last batch of homemade wine than a wine rack? We scoured the web and found our favorite DIY versions from fellow wine lovers. We hope to share some DIY inspiration for showing of the fruits of your labor: 1. Dresser to Bar The Charming Farmer’s DIY tutorial for transforming an old dresser into a bar is an amazing way to make something old new again! DIY Wine Tutorial Read More


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  • Environmentally Friendly Ways to Make Wine

    Posted on May 15, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Making your own wine is a great way to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. There is no better way to ensure that the wine you drink is healthy for both you and the environment, than making it yourself. Making homemade wine give’s you control of the process, from picking ingredients to corking each bottle. You can ensure the ingredients and supplies you are using are eco-friendly and do not contain any unknown chemicals or preservatives.  While there are many ways to ensure your next bottle of wine is environmentally friendly, we have a few ti...

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  • You Should Be Making Your Own Wine

    Posted on May 8, 2016 by admin

    Recently, many studies have indicated wine drinkers experience health benefits such as, lower mortality rate, reduced risk of heart attack, reduced risk of chronic disease such as Type 2 Diabetes, and slower brain decline. But, did you know making wine has benefits as well? Let’s explore some ways that making wine is beneficial to your overall wellbeing: Self-Satisfaction Making wine takes both practice and time. However, all wine makers feel pride when they are able to uncork the fruits of their labor and enjoy it with family and friends. W...

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