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  • How Long Does It Take to Make Beer?

    Posted on March 6, 2017 by David Ackley

    He Knows How Long It Takes To Make BeerWhen discussing how long it takes to make beer at home or the brewing timeline, we can separate the question into two parts: how much time is spent actively working on the beer vs. the time the beer is sitting in the fermenter or the beer bottles. While the beer will need weeks or months be...

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  • Crazy! But Why Is My Wine Turning Orange?

    Posted on March 4, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    What you see when a wine turning orange.I recently made KenRidge Pinot Grigio and bottled it at the end of December. While the taste of the wine is fine, any wine leftover in the bottle (re-corked) for two days starts turning orange. The wine fermented correctly, all directions were followed, and the wine was filtered prior to bottling. Why is ...

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  • Belgian Saison Beer Recipe (All-Grain & Extract)

    Posted on March 3, 2017 by David Ackley

    Made With Saison Beer RecipeAround this time last year, we shared some tips and guidelines for brewing a saison. Well it’s that time of year again; I actually just enjoyed my second-to-last bottle of saison homebrew from last year, and it’s time to brew another one. A few techniques and characteristics can help make your homebrewed saison ...

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  • What Size Rubber Stopper Fits What?

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Rubber Stopper That Is The Right SizeOne of things that almost every home winemaker uses is a rubber stopper. It's used to attach an airlock to a plastic fermenter or wine carboy. The rubber stopper is tapered in shape, has a whole in it for the airlock, and comes in various sizes. Knowing what size of rubber stopper to purchase c...

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  • 7 Home Brewing Tips For Beginners

    Posted on March 1, 2017 by David Ackley

    Beginning Home BrewerWith over a million homebrewers in the US, making beer at home is more popular than ever. Who wouldn’t want to make their own beer? If you are considering getting started in this incredible hobby, check out these seven home brewing tips for beginners to help you get the most out of your new hobby:   Start easy – Don’t m...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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