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  • Do You Have An Ice Wine Recipe?

    Posted on December 15, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Grapes Used In Ice Wine RecipeMy friend came from Canada and would like me to make ice wine. Is there a particular grape to use. I make scuppernong wine quite well in NC. Do you have an ice wine recipe you could provide me with. Sue – NC ----- Hello Sue, I'm not sure if I can answer your question directly. That's because making ice wine ...

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  • A Quick Way To Learn Hop Aroma Profiles

    Posted on December 14, 2016 by David Ackley

    Smelling Hop Aroma ProfilesOur friend Bryan Roth recently shared some of the reasons that experimenting is a good homebrewing habit. In that pioneering spirit, here’s an experiment that will help you learn about how different hop aroma profiles and how they affect your beer. A quick refresher: Hops have essential oils that contribute to bee...

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  • Bulk Aging vs Bottling Aging Wine. Which Is Best?

    Posted on December 13, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Bulk Aging vs Bottle AgingOne of the long, ongoing discussions in the world of home wine making is, "should I bulk aging or bottling aging my wines?" While bottling aging wine has its merits, there is some good reasons to consider bulk aging. Here's some food for thought when considering bulk aging vs bottling aging your wine.   What Is...

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  • Homebrew Spruce Beer Recipe

    Posted on December 12, 2016 by David Ackley

    Spruce For Making Spruce Beer RecipeBefore we get to the spruce beer recipe lets talk a little bit about spruce. Trees and their branches, barks, and berries have been used traditionally for flavoring beers, especially in Scandinavian countries, for hundreds of years. Juniper, spruce, and fir are some...

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  • Last Minute Guide For Wine Making Gifts

    Posted on December 10, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Santa With Wine Making GiftsWe are in the midst of the holiday season, and the days to purchase gifts for your friends and loved ones are going by quickly.  But there's still time!  Place your order with us by noon, December 19th, 2016, and you'll have it in time to place your wine making gifts under the Christmas tree. Perhaps you know so...

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  • 5 Beer Recipe Kits For Home Brewing In Winter

    Posted on December 9, 2016 by David Ackley

    Home Brewing In WinterIn a lot of ways, winter is high brewing season. For many, it's time to get the brew kettles out and the beer recipe kits on the way. Not only do the lower temperatures encourage us to hibernate, they support more moderate fermentation temperatures and open up beer styles that are more suitable for home brewing in winter. I...

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  • Do Wine Ingredient Kits Need Adjusting?

    Posted on December 8, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Ingredient Kit That Does Not Need AdjustingI purchased a California Connoisseur Merlot concentrate kit. Do wine ingredient kits need adjusting of any kind. Like does this concentrate consist of tannins?  If it does, would it hurt to add tannin to help it's staying qualities? Should I have an acid testing kit?  If s...

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  • Tips For Home Brewing In Cold Weather

    Posted on December 7, 2016 by David Ackley

    Home Brew In Cold WeatherMany homebrewers prefer to home brew in cold weather because it tends to be easier to keep beers within proper fermentation temperature range. Historically, the only way to brew lagers was to brew in the winter and store the beer in caves while it conditioned. While in some ways home brewing in cold weather is preferr...

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  • The Ultimate Home Wine Making Starter Kit For Beginners!

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Home Wine Making Starter Kit For BeginnersOkay, you've just gotten a wine making starter kit, but before diving head first into the fun of making some wine, it might be a good idea to get an understanding of what's actually in the kit and what it's used for – an introduction. Of course, all of the wine making starter kits tha...

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  • Fuller’s London Porter Clone Recipe (All-Grain and Extract)

    Posted on December 5, 2016 by David Ackley

    Example Of A Fuller's London Porter CloneWhen I was living out of the country in 2012, I was desperate to find good beer. Luckily, the grocery store carried a good number of imports from Germany, Belgian, and Great Britain. This is where I discovered Fuller's Brewery of London. The ESB and London Pride were both excellent, but ...

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