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  • Comparing Glass and Plastic Carboys: Expert Advice

    Comparison of glass and plastic carboys

    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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  • 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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  • How To Reuse Your Old Wine And Beer Bottles

    One of the wine making supplies which home vintners find themselves purchasing time and time again is bottles. Obviously, there’s no point in making wine which you can’t bottle and age; but you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need to recycle or throw away those old bottles which you’ve used for previous batches of homemade wine. You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you most certainly can pour new wine into old bottles – as long as you follow a few simple steps, of course. Continue reading

  • Supplies Needed for a Beer Brewing Kit

    beer brewing supplies

    Home brewing has become popular enough that most of you reading this probably know someone who makes their own beer. The truth is, if they can do it, so can you.

    It’s actually very easy to brew beer, provided that you have the right supplies. What do you need to get started? There are a few essentials that every brewer needs.

    One of the most important things every brewer needs is a large pot – a canning pot that can hold 20 quarts or more will work nicely and is large enough for brewing a 5-gallon batch of beer.

    You’re also going to need a large glass jar, a measuring cup and a long wooden spoon to stir your home brew. You probably won’t find these in your average beer brewing kit, but you probably have them in your kitchen already.

    There are some other things you need to get started, including a large glass bottle for fermentation (a 5-gallon or larger plastic bucket will also do fine, provided it’s food grade plastic) and an airlock.

    It’s OK to reuse beer bottles, though you’ll need to clean them thoroughly and sanitize them before you put your home brew into them. You can also buy new bottles if you prefer. Bottle caps and a capper are the final necessities for your first batch.

    Beer Brewing Kit Ingredients

    That’s it for brewing equipment, but you’re also going to need some ingredients: hops, yeast and malt.

    You’ll find a large selection of all of the above at any home brew shop. If you have a more deluxe model of beer brewing kit, then some starter supplies of these ingredients may have been included.

    If you’ve got your eye on some particular style of beer, then consider purchasing any one of a wide array of beer ingredient kits. There’s one for practically every beer style under the sun.

    But if you already have ingredients as part of your kit and this is your first batch, then you might want to wait before branching out into other styles of beer anyway. Like anything else, practice makes perfect when it comes to home brewing.

    Some day, though, you may get to the point where your favorite brew happens to be your very own creation!

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