• Quick Hits: Homebrewing Questions Answered 01

    Many times we use homebrewing questions we get to decide what needs to be written about here in the Learning Center. However sometimes the answers are short and sweet, which is good, but they don't fit together well as an article, so we can't get the answers out to everybody as easily. Quick Hits is a bi-weekly question-and-answer series that covers short answer homebrewing questions or other brief topics. • What Size Keezer...

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  • Testing Wine Musts For Sugar, pH, and TA

    Making wine is a fun and rewarding area of homebrewing. While you can make it simply by mixing the components to a kit together, setting, and forgetting; you can increase the quality of your wine by testing and adjusting your wines gravity, pH, and TA accordingly. Testing Sugar in Wine The testing of sugar in must is simple and needs only 2 pieces of equipment. First, a wine hydrometer and second a tall test flask. The test fl...

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  • How to Make German Gluhwein

    German Gluhwein is the name given for wine mulled with spices that is served warm. As weather grows colder, Gluhwein is a warm spicy treat that is great for gatherings with family and friends, or even just sharing a couple glasses on a cold night while watching TV. Mulled wine sounds like a lot of work, but it's actually quite simple, and easily scale-able! A Bit of History Gluhwein is actually  an integral part of the holida...

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  • Beer Pairing Suggestions for Thanksgiving Day

    Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. Odds are, you're either eating at your house, attending someone else's gathering, or attending several gatherings. Whether you're hosting or attending, serving or bringing a great beer to go with a turkey dinner is always a great gesture. Now if you aren't celebrating Thanksgiving, then perhaps you should be using that day to watch football and brew up a delicious beer. Here are som...

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  • Bourbon County Stout Clone Recipe

    Every Black Friday, folks head out in droves to do their holiday shopping. If you're into craft beer, you know that Black Friday is also the day that Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island comes out. In very populated areas, it can be hard to get your hands on, and like many popular beers, clone recipe trials and tests are not far around the corner. Thankfully, Goose Island list some of the essentials on their website, so a c...

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  • Brewing Big Winter Beers

    What is it about the arrival of Old Man Winter that makes the thought of sipping on a strong big beer just perfect? Winter ales are all about roaring fires and a dark brew that will keep you warm and bring cheer during the festive months. Porters and stouts are the staple of brewers during the colder seasons. Full-bodied, rich, and perfect for hoisting with friends and family while the snow accumulates outdoors. These beers ty...

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  • Making Spent Grain Bread

    Living in an urban area can leave a homebrewer with a lot of leftover spent grain, and nothing you can really do with it besides throwing it out. In rural areas you can compost, or give the grains to a local farm, but neither are really do-able in a city. However, you can make bread from a portion of the spent grain, so not all goes to waste. Best of all, making bread from spent grain is an easy and rewarding venture. Spent Gr...

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  • Oxygenating Your Wort and the Importance of Doing So

    Oxygen is somewhat of a tricky subject as you need to pay attention to how much you're adding, as well as when you're adding it. Properly oxygenating your wort plays a big role in yeast's ability to reproduce and complete a healthy fermentation. However adding it at the wrong time will either do you no good, or actually do some damage to your beer. Let's go over the topic of wort aeration. When to Oxygenate Your Wort Timing is...

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  • Celebrities Who Homebrew and Other Interesting Tidbits

    Homebrewing sometimes is perceived as a dark art by popular culture. People in their basement with flasks and open vessels the reminds you more of a scene from Breaking Bad than actual homebrewing, all in good fun of course. One Superbowl commercial I remember is when a "homebrewer" is serving his beer made with sausage to his guests (a joke of course), but did you know there are plenty of celebrities who homebrew? Here is a g...

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