Quality Wine and Ale Supply Blog

  • How Seasonal Beers Are Made

    If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve probably learned a little bit about some of the seasonal beers that you can make at home with your own beer brewing kit. While it’s actually pretty easy to make these or any other style of beer using a homebrew kit, it may interest you to know a little bit more about how these seasonal favorites are made.

    If you happen to be up for a bit of a bigger project than usual, you can of course give these a try the old fashioned way – but of course you may just want to expand your base of brewing knowledge and make things easy on yourself by using a beer brewing kit and ready-made malt extracts and other ingredients to make these classic brews. As our examples, we’ll use four seasonal favorites. Continue reading

  • Craft And Home Brewing Facts Worth Remembering

    beer brewing kitsIt’s no secret that the number of craft and home brewers is at one of its highest levels in the history of the United States. More and more people every year are opting for a new beer in their glass every chance they get, hence the unofficial motto of the craft brewing industry: “People are loyal, but not faithful.” Continue reading

  • St. Patrick’s Day Beers And How To Dye Your Home Brew Green

    Oktoberfest is a month-long celebration of beer, but there’s no single day dedicated to beer in all its glory like March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Along with wearing green and pretending you’re Irish no matter what your ancestry, as a home brewer you can whip up a special batch of your own brew to honor the St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Continue reading

  • Spring Wines Worthy Of Your Wine Making Kit

    Red White WineSpring is a time of fresh renewal, better temperatures, and of course, spring time wines! You’ll obviously want to tailor your wine making kit endeavors to the coming season for maximize enjoyment of both the wine and the season.

    Given the warmer, more comfortable spring climate and greener colors, a lighter white wine would make sense as your ideal next wine making kit creation. But if white wines are not your forte/favorite, there are red wines that are just as refreshing in the spring time. Continue reading

  • Popular Beer Additives and Chemicals

    Beer Brewing IngredientsOne problem that many home brewers encounter is floating sediment that makes a beer look less than appetizing.

    The following list of beer additives and chemicals can make your beer look like it's ready to compete with the big boys on the shelves of your local liquor store. Continue reading

  • Where Is The Best Place To Age Your Wine?

    agine wineWine, like any other food, requires careful attention when it comes to storage to keep it from spoiling. This is no different with wine from your wine making kit, and there are multiple different places that are suitable for aging wine right in your home.

    The standard answer to where to keep your home-made wine would be in a traditional wine cellar, but how many people do you know that have one or can afford that type of addition to their home? If you have a wine cellar to store your wine making kit’s next creation, then you can probably stop reading this and consider yourself extremely lucky. Continue reading

  • The Differences Between Dry Yeast and Liquid Yeast

    Whether you are partial to making wine or beer, there are a variety of different recipes waiting for experimentation. But while the types of beer and wine making supplies are bountiful, there is one ingredient that crucial to the difference between flavored water and your favorite alcoholic beverage: yeast.

    You could make a very strong argument that yeast is the most important ingredient in the brewing or wine making process, simply because it is the sole catalyst behind converting the sugars in the wine must and beer wort into alcohol. Continue reading

  • Surprising Facts About Napa Valley Wineries

    Napa Valley wine making

    When you think about wine made in the United States, the Napa Valley region of California is often the first place that comes to mind. That’s not surprising when you realize that the county houses an enormous collective acreage of vineyards. Continue reading

  • The Verdict On My First Beer Making Kit Excursion Is…

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    Any veteran home brewer will tell you there’s no feeling like the one you get opening your first beer bottle from your rookie batch. Exactly 14 days after bottling my first beer (a pale ale), I stood in my kitchen with a bottle opener, ready to test my creation.

    Before even bringing the opener to touch the top of the bottle cap, I starting thinking a million different things, like: what if it’s too early? What if I made a skunky batch because my early (albeit minor) mistakes were bigger than I thought? What if it simply isn’t a good beer?

    I knew I was going to pop the top at some point anyways, and like it or not life would go on regardless of how my first beer brewing experiment would turn out. So with that, I opened the first of my 48 bottles of beer and took a swig.

    The Results

    My first reaction: not bad, not bad at all. The beer’s aroma was potent of hops and a fruity malt and had a dark golden glow; exactly what you want from a pale ale. The beer was meant to be brewed as such, and there was definitely the crisp, hoppy after taste I had come to expect from standard pale ales.

    The most surprising, and prevalent, taste in the beer was a malty flavor that was reminiscent of a medium-bodied amber ale. The crisp, pilsner-like taste that showed up immediately upon drinking the beer can be attributed to the beer’s young age. I’d expect the beer to grow into its full, hoppy self as it matures over the next few weeks.

    The only noticeable imperfection in the smell, look, and taste of the beer was the sediment at the bottom of each bottle. Yeast and hops settling aren’t a huge issue, as they don’t take anything away from the beer except aesthetics and are actually rich in B vitamins. But in my next batch I’ll utilize the screen in the funnel to sift out the sediment before bottling.

    Overall, if I was a teacher and had to grade my first beer making kit test, I’d give myself a B+. I had a few minor missteps boiling the wort and failing to take a hydrometer reading, but neither was a massive setback that killed my confidence in my rookie batch.

    Each mistake is easily correctable, and I’ve already got a plan for the next brewing experiment with my beer making kit (a hefe wheat beer).

  • Hard-To-Brew Beers For The Home Brew Master

    beer making kitEven for the biggest beer lover, brewing the same simple beer recipes like pale ale, amber, brown ale, and wheat beers can get tedious. That’s why there are many more complicated recipes to push your beer making skills to the next level.

    Any tough recipe used in your beer making kit has a high risk-high reward factor during the process that could ruin the entire batch. However, if you’re ready to test your brewing skills, these five beers are perfect ways to take pride in your developed skills as a brewer. Continue reading

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