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  • Award-Winning Munich Dunkel Lager Recipe (All-Grain)

    Posted on March 17, 2017 by David Ackley

    Beer Made From Munich Dunkel Lager RecipeWe recently explored some famous German beer styles. The next one on my “to brew” list is a Munich Dunkel Lager. Here's some of the basic characteristics of this German style beer. A Munich Dunkel is a dark lager (dunkel = dark in German). But just because it’s a dark beer doesn’t mean ...

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

  • Preparing Your Corks When Bottling Homemade Wine

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Wine corks waiting to be prepared for bottling wine.Correctly preparing corks for bottling wine is important. Not only should the wine corks be sanitary, but they should be softened just enough to allow your corker to put them in the wine bottle with ease. There are two basic ways to go about sterilizing and softening wine corks: This first involves subm...

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  • Calibrating a pH Meter for Brewing Beer

    Posted on March 15, 2017 by David Ackley

    A pH Meter For Brewing BeerMeasuring pH is an important part of all-grain brewing for a number of reasons. pH influences starch conversion during the mash, the quality of fermentation, resistance to infection, and flavor. While it’s possible to make good beer without paying any attention to pH, being able to measure the acidity ...

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  • Blueberries Make Amazing Wine. Here's A Recipe...

    Posted on March 14, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Homemade Blueberry WineIf you've never made wine before, I would submit to you that making a blueberry wine is a perfect place to start. For one, blueberry wine is any easy wine to make. And, it only requires the most elementary pieces of wine making equipment. Secondly, it makes an INCREDIBLE wine. Blueberries, quite frankly, are well suited to making ...

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  • The Essentials Of Adding Fruit To Beer

    Posted on March 13, 2017 by David Ackley

    Results of adding fruit to beerWith the spring and summer seasons come the harvest of strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and more. Why not experiment a bit and make something a little different – your own seasonal brew? These warmer months are ideal for adding fruit to beer. Before you start throwing apples and oranges in the brew kett...

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

  • 10 Random Wine Making Tips And Tricks

    Posted on March 11, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Learning Wine Making TipsHere is a collection of wine making tips and tricks for beginners and more-seasoned home winemakers. This is advice that has been published throughout our various newsletters over the years. They are just bits and pieces of information that have proven to be useful to home winemakers and help keep them from making mis...

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

  • Bell’s Two Hearted IPA Clone Recipe

    Posted on March 10, 2017 by David Ackley

    Bells Two Hearted IPA BeerOne of the most popular IPAs on the market is Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, brewed by Bell’s Brewery of Comstock, MI. The beer scores a 95 on Beer Advocate, and if you’ve had it, you know the score is well deserved. In 2011, the American Homebrewers Association ranked Bell’s Two-Hearted IPA the second best beer in the cou...

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  • What's The Difference Between Shiraz And Syrah?

    Posted on March 9, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Picture showing difference between Shiraz and Syrah.This is a story of two wines, Syrah and Shiraz, and how they both are the same, yet different. On the surface it seems to be somewhat of an exercise in semantics, with their names being the only difference, but after taking a closer look, it starts to become clear that there is much more to the story ...

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  • Best Beer Styles for Spring Homebrewing

    Posted on March 8, 2017 by David Ackley

    Spring Homebrewing Season Beer StyleAfter a long, dreary winter, I for one as a homebrewers can’t wait to get out of the house in the spring time and fire up the brew kettle. What do homebrewers brew in the spring? Generally some lighter-bodied beers that exemplify the qualities of the spring season. As if to salute the growing sea...

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  • My Homemade Wine Is Too Dry. Is There Anything I Can Do?

    Posted on March 7, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Zach Galifianakis who's homemade wine is too dry.I have a mustang grape wine that has been aging in a carboy. Last night I tried and it has a hydrometer reading of .992. When I tasted the wine, it was too dry for me. How can I sweeten up this wine to a semi sweet? John _____ Hello John, One of the great things about making your own wine...

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