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    Easy Peach Wine Recipe

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  • Hard Apple Cider Recipe

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    Apple Cider: A Brief History

    Hard apple cider is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages on the planet. The first written history of cider begins with Julius Caesar himself in 55 B.C. It was recorded to be one of his favorite drinks. However, apple cider did not gain serious popularity until the 1600s, when William Blackstone came to the Americas and planted the first apple orchards (English settlers were disappointed to find only crabapples upon arrival). It continued to be a staple beverage with early colonial Americans until it exploded in popularity in the 1800s. The Industrial Revolution saw many fresh water sources became contaminated, and for a time, hard apple cider became safer to drink than water. Then by the early 1900s, cider all but disappeared as prohibition picked up speed in the United States. Cider was nearly forgotten in the United States until the 18th amendment was repealed, and did not come back into popularity until the early 1980s.

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  • Brewing is Better with a Buddy

    3028696-poster-p-two-beersHomebrewing is more than a mere hobby - it is a way of life. But it doesn't start out in this manner and is actually a life long journey. In the beginning, normally, you first became interested in homebrewing when a friend brought over a fancy looking beer and he "humbly" announced to everyone that it had cost $4 per bottle. You took a swig, and it was delicious, much better than what your father drank after a hard day's work. So you started visiting local breweries and began building up your beer palate. And then one evening, after sipping on a mild IPA, a kernel of an idea planted itself, "Why don't I try to make my own beer?"

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  • Keep It Clean: Sanitize Your Equipment

    Sanitize Your EquipmentThe Winexpert wine kit just arrived in the mail today, and your excitement is bubbling through your pores. You’re ready to tear open that box and start fermenting, stabilizing, racking, bottling, and best part of all, drinking. But before you venture too far into the winemaking process, you need to understand and appreciate the three most important works in winemaking.

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  • When Summer is Here, It's Time for beer!

    5 of Our Favorite Summer Brews
    (and 5 of Our Favorite Beer Kits to Try This Summer)

    Summer is just around the corner, and that means something a little different for everyone. Summer is letting your kids run through the sprinklers, catching a baseball game, watching fireworks in your back yard, chilling out by the pool - and sometimes - endless amounts of yard work. No matter what your plans are for the summer, every occasion - from catching lightning bugs to lounging on the beach - can be made better with an ice cold summer brew. But what makes a great summer beer?

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  • Great Wine: It's All About the Water

    Great Wine Great Water WinemakingBefore you begin, every wine kit instruction booklet states that the winemaker should use good quality drinking water, and if one is not sure of the water quality, then he or she should consider using bottled water. Okay, you’re only three sentences into the instructions, and you’re already confronted with an obstacle that you hadn’t anticipated; now you’re full of doubt and projecting to the future, “If I haphazardly make the decision to use my faucet water, will I be throwing away three months of winemaking, because I used the wrong kind of water?” But fear naught, this is a simple obstacle to overcome, and we'll help you make a decision.
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  • 5 Spectacular Reasons to Make Your Own Wine

    wine making suppliesWinemaking is a unique and fulfilling hobby. If you decide to partake in this exciting adventure, not only will you enjoy the fruits of your labor, but your friends and family will develop a brand new appreciation in your interests too. Here are five spectacular reasons why you should make your own wine:

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