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  • Comparing Glass and Plastic Carboys: Expert Advice

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    The Question I Hear at Least Once Per Day: Glass or Plastic?

    For years, homebrewers and wine makers have fiercely debated on whether to use plastic or glass carboys during fermentation. I’m going to warn you now: if you are looking for a definitive answer, you are going to be disappointed. There are pros and cons to both. I will lay them all out, and you, mighty homebrewer, will have to decide the best choice for yourself.

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  • 2016 Limited Edition Wine Kits

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  • Anheuser-Busch / InBev Acquires Northern Brewer & Midwest Supplies

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    The Justice Department approved the acquisition, gives conglomerate 70% market share of beer sales in the United States

    After nearly a week of speculation, it has been announced by the founder of Northern Brewer, Chris Farley, that the homebrew supply store, along with its sister company Midwest Supplies, has been acquired by the world’s largest beer company. The 107 billion dollar deal received the go ahead from the Justice Department, after the merger caught the attention of antitrust and DOJ officials last fall.

    The announcement comes on the heels of several Anheuser-Busch acquisitions, including the purchase of many craft breweries around the country.

    The company will keep its existing leadership and employees, Todd Jackson of Northern Brewer has confirmed, however, it has many in the homebrew industry, both craft breweries and homebrewers alike, asking how this take over of the country’s largest homebrew shop will affect the homebrew community.

    There is much speculation and worry within the homebrewing community that Anheuser-Busch’s deep capital could allow them to pivot into the wholesale market in an attempt to gain massive control of the homebrew industry in a vertical growth move.

    What are the possible implications of one of the world’s largest conglomerates taking control over a small, tight-knit community? Only time will tell.

  • Apple Pie Wine Recipe

    If your kids are anything like my kids, then they love going to the apple orchard every year. For many parts of the country, this is prime picking season for several types of apples. Every year we fill our baskets with Jonathans, Golden Delicious, Granny Smiths, Cortlands, and Galas. We keep a ton of them in the fruit basket on our kitchen table for munching (both of my toddlers love that they can reach up and snag a snack all by themselves). We make a few pies, we make our fair share of caramel apples, we’ve even made apple bread - but without fail - we always have extra apples.

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  • The Hour of Sour - 5 Sours You Need to Try

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    Sour beers are making a comeback in a big way. I watch a lot of brewing trends come and go, but this one has been the most fascinating to me, because, in many ways, we’re getting back to our roots. Once upon a time, all beers were sour to some extent. In early brewing, pure yeast cultures were not available as they are today, so the yeast starters used from batch to batch almost always contained wild yeast and wild bacteria. Sour beers are still made this way, by “wild fermentation” that simply utilizes the wild yeast and bacteria that live, well, everywhere.

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  • Pumpkin Wine Recipe

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    I am so ready for fall. Every year, when September 1st rolls around, I’m done with summer. I’m over it. I can pretend to be a beach goer, I can tolerate skimpy shorts and tank tops, I can even flirt with barbeques, but really, my soul belongs to fall. It’s a lot like a summer fling, really. We had our fun, but my heart belongs to another.

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  • Limited Edition Dessert Kit Feature

    Dessert Wine Kits

    Winexpert has announced their dessert wine kit flavors for 2016, and our mouths are watering! Year after year, these seasonal dessert wine kits never disappoint. They are usually released in late summer or early autumn, and since it only takes around 6 weeks for them to ferment to completion, it makes them perfect to take along to your family Thanksgiving dinner. This year we plan on bottling a couple of the kits giving them out as Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

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  • 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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  • Cherry Wine Recipe

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    Summer time is the best time to make fruit wine. Most home winemakers are used to making wine from the bountiful harvest of blueberries and strawberries in June and July - but there is one type of fruit that is commonly forgotten - and it makes excellent wine.

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