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Hi, I have two one gallon batches of wine going. One is blueberry and the other is muscadine. They both smell and taste soured. What is wrong? Brandon A. — NC
Oct
1
2014
For anyone operating a vineyard, large or small, refractometers are an invaluable tool. They help...
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Create Your Own Seasonal Beer Brewing Calendar
At certain times of the year, some beers just taste better than others. An imperial stout in summer and a hefeweizen in winter seems equally out of place. But you can’t well wait til December to brew...
Advanced Mash Techniques: Exploring the Protein Rest
On a basic level, mashing is very straightforward: simply soak the crushed grains in hot (146-160ËšF) water for an hour to extract the fermentable sugars. Occasionally though, a homebrewer may want...
How to Dry Hop a Homebrew Keg
Though you can certainly dry hop during secondary fermentation, some homebrewers prefer dry hopping in the keg. This is similar to what British brewers do when they dry hop in the cask. Dry...
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Leigh Erwin: Sampling My Mead
Hi everyone! I was very curious to sample my mead, which as you may already know has been sitting around in a carboy for goodness knows how long (read: months).  I have had to put the wines on...
Why Is Your Homemade Wine Spoiling?
Hi, I have two one gallon batches of wine going. One is blueberry and the other is muscadine. They both smell and taste soured. What is wrong? Brandon A. — NC ----- Hello Brandon, It's really hard...
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