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Paul's Wine Tip! Avoiding Oxidation

Oxidation is the result of too much air contact during racking, storing and bottling and/or insufficient sulfite. The odour is primarily due to acetaldehyde, the oxidation product of ethanol.Without sulfite, colour and aroma compounds react with oxygen. With oxidation the fruity aroma disappears and is replaced by an "aldehyde" or "sherry" aroma.  As oxidation proceeds, red wines change from bright red to brick red and then brown.  White wines change from yellow to gold to brown.

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POSTED January 31st, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Wine Diamonds

When opening and pouring some of your aged wines, you may see small crystals on the bottom of the cork or in the bottom of your glass or bottle.  These completely harmless particles are known as wine diamonds or tartrates.When the wine kit juices are shipped to the kit facility, they are pumped into nitrogen-purged tanks, tested for quality and stability and held at very low temperature. This both speeds up the formation of wine diamonds (crystals of potassium bitartrate...

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POSTED January 31st, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Paul's Beer Tip! WHOLE GRAIN BREAD ( Using “ spent” grains )

Thanks to a recipe from our customer, Rocky Wallbaum, here’s a good way to use grains left over after you brew a kit of beer which has you add grains to water, which you’ll add to your wort.  After you’ve drained the liquid off the grains, let them cool, then package in 1 cup sandwich bags and freeze.  Thaw one bag at a time and make great bread!  Use 1 bag to make 1 loaf of multi grain bread.  Rocky’s recipe is as follows: Whole grain bread (using...

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POSTED January 30th, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Beer Contest Results are in!

We would first like to thank all that participated in our recipe contest – there were some interesting tasting submissions! We have selected three winners. One will be a new recipe add-pack, one will be a recipe, and one is a twist off an existing recipe add-pack.  Winners will receive a free Barons Beer kit of their choice. Nick’s Tranquilo Amarillo Session Ale: This wheat ale was very pale yellow in color, light looking with a light body but packed with flavour. The aromatics dance...

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POSTED January 25th, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Paul's Beer Tip! - Aging your Beer

The first three months of aging your beer in the bottle makes a big difference to its character and its head retention.  Unlike some commercial beers that have a short shelf life, the more malt and the more hops in the beer, the longer it can age.  The British increased  the hops in their beers to make the journey to India, e.g., India Pale Ales.Our Barons kits have more malt and hops than most other kits so have that ability to improve over the first year.  Lighter beers, like...

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POSTED December 30th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS


Paul's Wine Tip! Fermentation Problems Associated with Temperature

This time of year, it's important to pay attention to your fermentation temperature. Your kits are designed to ferment at room temperature , generally a range of 18 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. If it's much above 32 degrees Celsius, you may have added too much hot water to the must and the yeast could be dead. Let the must cool to the recommended maximum in your instructions, and pitch a fresh package of yeast.If the temperature of the must is below 18 degrees Celsius, warm the must up...

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POSTED December 30th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS


Cabernet Franc - Commercial Comparison

Every year we put time and effort into finding a commercial comparison for the upcoming LE wine release. While this will never be exactly the same as what you can expect from your wine, it does serve to give you an idea of what you may expect. If you are interested and want to try this wine in advance, or pick it up to try against your home crafted wine later, here's the pick for the LE16 Cabernet Franc from the Yakima Valley in Washington.Lady Hill Cabernet Franc 2013 - Columbia Valley. We found...

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POSTED December 23rd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS


Blanc de Noir - Commercial Comparison

Every year we put time and effort into finding a commercial comparison for the upcoming LE wine release. While this will never be exactly the same as what you can expect from your wine, it does serve to give you an idea of what you may expect. If you are interested and want to try this wine in advance, or pick it up to try against your home crafted wine later, here's the pick for the LE16 Blanc de Noir from San Joaquin Valley, California.Ghost Hill Cellar: Pinot Noir Blanc (2011, Savanah Ridge Estate...

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POSTED December 21st, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Grenache Cabernet with grape skins - Commercial Comparison

Every year we put time and effort into finding a commercial comparison for the upcoming LE wine release. While this will never be exactly the same as what you can expect from your wine, it does serve to give you an idea of what you may expect. If you are interested and want to try this wine in advance, or pick it up to try against your home crafted wine later, here's the pick for the LE16 Grenache Cabernet from Riverland Australia.Shot in the Dark, Shiraz Cabernet Grenache, Australia 2013. Willow...

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POSTED December 20th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Milagro - Commercial Comparison

Every year we put time and effort into finding a commercial comparison for the upcoming LE wine release. While this will never be exactly the same as what you can expect from your wine, it does serve to give you an idea of what you may expect. If you are interested and want to try this wine in advance, or pick it up to try against your home crafted wine later, here's the pick for the LE16 Milagro from Valencia Spain.Lombana Guelbenzu 05, Ribero del Queiles. We found this wine at Craft Cellar, and...

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POSTED November 30th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Paul's Beer Tip! Getting the most out of your Barons Beer Kit: 21,500 COMBINATIONS

The Home Vintner is the only store this side of Montréal that is able to offer customers such a diversity of choices when it comes to beers that they can make from a kit. A mathematician friend of ours actually calculated that we offer 21,500 combinations of possible beer creations. We also have 49 different Liquid Yeasts, along with our always expanding add-on packages, as well as and incredible variety of hops with which to customize or recreate your favourite craft beer. This way you...

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POSTED November 26th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Paul's Wine Tip! What causes Oxidation in Wine?

We all know that oxidization can ruin any wine, but what causes this? Well, the answer is simple: oxidization is the result of too much air contact with the wine, or insufficient sulfite levels. This can occur at any point during the winemaking process, as of course it does with the finished product. For example, oxidization can occur during the racking process, and as such it is important to minimize how many times you rack your wine, as well as to use either our vaccuvin system to remove excessive...

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POSTED November 26th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Grenache Cabernet

Grenache and Cabernet is a match made in heaven. Both Grenache and Cabernet are two of the most widely planted grape varietals worldwide, but only Cabernet has the distinction of being bottled by name. Pretty much anyone who has ventured into the wine world in any capacity has tried a Cab, but may not be as familiar with Grenache. This is because quite often Grenache is used as a blending grape rather than a stand alone grape, and bottle under the region it’s grown in rather than by its proper name.

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POSTED November 23rd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Riverland, Australia

Located in South Australia, bordering Victoria, Riverland is one of Australia’s most successful wine growing areas. Riverland is home to some of Australia’s most prominent wineries, and produces up to a third of all of Australia’s grape harvest. This is partly due to the region’s more temperate climate, as the scorching weather Australia is known for is cooled by the Murray river running along the 150km’s that Riverland stretches for. Because of this, Riverland is one...

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POSTED November 23rd, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT


Milagro

This year’s limited edition wine, Milagro, is a unique blend of three traditional Valencia grapes, Tempranillo, Granacha, Bobal, with newly arrived to Valencia Cabernet and Syrah. The word Milagro in Spanish means “miracle” which is precisely what this specially chosen blend is. Each grape brings its own unique properties to the table, leaving us with a beautifully balanced fruity, spicy and refreshing blend. Tempranillo and Granacha give this blend it’s structure, earthiness...

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POSTED November 10th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS

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