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During the next 2 weeks I am going to make a daily post on the progress of my Cherry Porter. If interested I would suggest that you purchase 15 pounds of fresh cherries and freeze them now before the season is over. Then in the next month start your own Cherry Porter. Here is the recipe and pictures of each step. The grains are available at The Home Vintner for $6.00. The liquid yeast is $9.95.
POSTED August 11th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS
Health benefits of beer include anticancer property, reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, prevention of dementia and coronary disease, aiding digestive system, anti-aging properties, countering diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones and osteoporosis, hypertension, apart from acting as a stress buster and diuretic.
POSTED August 11th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
Introducing our new Redwood Chocolate Ale, made with 500 gm of chocolate malt and our Barons Redwood Ale - recipe available in our stores. The final product is an extremely dark, rich ale. Redwood has become my favorite because it's snappy and robust. The chocolate creates a great background flavour that, in it's own way is a bit mellow. I may be biased here because I am a chocoholic but this ale tends to leave a very characteristic taste that lingers on long after the last mouthful - from Rob the creator of this great beer!
POSTED August 8th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
Purchase any European Selection International wine kit during August and we will give you a free package of liquid yeast, value $9.95.
POSTED July 27th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
Wyeast Laboratories revolutionized the home winemaking industry in 1986 when it introduced Vintner's Choice 100% Pure Liquid Yeast and Malo-lactic Cultures. Now professionals and hobbyets worldwide count on the reliability, freshness, purity and extensive strain selection provided by Wyeast to produce fermented beverages of unequaled quality and diversity. Special orders are welcome, let us know which Yeast you need.
POSTED July 25th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS
Gamay is back for another awesome party season! We introduced you to Gamay Nouveau last year and had such a great response, we are bringing it back again for this year. Gamay Nouveau will only be around for a limited time starting in September. Contact your local Winexpert retailer today to reserve yours before they are all gone. We wouldn't want you to miss out on the 'number one excuse for a party' wine.
POSTED July 18th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
Chocolate Raspberry Port, Blackberry Port and Okanagan Peach Icewine Style will be available in September for a limited time only.
POSTED July 8th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
In September I moved into a house with two roommates and a lot of extra space. The carboys, empty bottles, wine rack, corks, and the "art of wine and beer making" certificate of attendance moved in soon after. My roommate Scott always wanted to make his own beer, and our house and its big basement provided the perfect opportunity. Scott loves beer and he loves saving money, so homebrew made sense. I was in complete support of Scott's new hobby. Who doesn't love cheap beer?
The pros and cons of beer privatization
POSTED June 23rd, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
Winexpert is pleased to announce our two new Vintners Reserve Wine Kits are now available.
POSTED June 22nd, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
This year's Wine Maker International Amateur Wine Competition was a great success for everyone involved. Kits made with Winexpert products won 220 medals including the Best of Show Kit/Concentrate award, but that's not what makes us proud. What we value most is that you, our customer, trust that you will produce a wine of award-winning quality when you choose Winexpert brands. All of us at Winexpert would like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who submitted an entry using Winexpert product. CLICK HERE to see a list of our award winning wines.
POSTED June 9th, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS | POST A COMMENT
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In this new adventure I am going to make this new Redwood Chocolate Ale. It is a really simple recipe so the steps are easy but the results are awesome! Step one is to simmer the chocolate malt for 30 minutes, crushed malt and recipe are available in our store. I activated the 1728 Scottish Ale liquid yeast now, I will add it to the primary 3 hours from now. Using a hop sock I poured the liquid into a primary filled with ice, this shock cooling releases enzymes which will improve the flavour. If you are doing this alone use a couple of binder clips to hold the hop sock to the handle on the primary. I tied a knot in the hop sock and will allow it to float in the primary until I add the liquid yeast.
3 years ago I tried my first Richards White, initially I didn't like it but over time I have developed a taste for it. This wheat beer with orange and corriander has now become a staple in my bar fridge. Step by step I will walk you through the brewing process, the end result is amazing.
With our high altitude here are a few tips to assist you when making great wine. I have outlined a few additional ideas for each winemaking step.
With 18 years of experience in this business I have seen many gimmicks and stores with bad advice come and go. I think it is time to speak up. This month I will address beer making. When I do a wine & beer making class I always ask how many people have had really bad home made beer. With almost every hand raised we then teach how to make excellent hand crafted beer. We never sell beer kits in a can with the classic cidery home made taste. No short cuts. No expensive beer machines (good luck in trying to make one work). The next time you see a beer making machine in a mall unscrew the lid and sniff the plastic odour. The overall reputation of "Home Made Beer" is poor because of the bottom end of the brewers market. The Home Vintner only focuses on the quality market. When you can make such great world style beers why should you settle for anything less?