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Home Brewing Blog Posts on BrewCranium

  • Home Winemakers Guide to Malolactic Fermentation
    November 6, 2020

    Home Winemakers Guide to Malolactic Fermentation

    Malolactic fermentation is not a hard thing, and it’s not even an uncommon thing, but it’s something that many home winemakers do without really understanding why.  Malolactic fermentation, called MLF because it’s way less of a mouthful, is a secondary fermentation method used by commercial wineries large and small to naturally lower the acidity in many red wines and some whites, and can enhance the complexity and soften the mouthfeel.  This week, you’ll get a crash course in MLF and some basic guidelines to determine whether or not you should do a malolactic fermentation on your latest wine, be it from a wine kit or a home grape harvest. 
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  • Sourdough Bread Recipe Sourdough Bread Instructions
    September 11, 2020

    How To Make Sourdough At Home

    Nothing compares to a loaf of fresh sourdough bread straight from the oven, crackling as it contracts and cools. But, how do you get to this wonderful ending chorus? Thankfully, it’s a lot easier than you might expect. This guide will help you get started on your sourdough journey, from just flour and water all the way to a fresh baked sourdough loaf of bread!
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  • Growing and Brewing with Homegrown Hops
    August 24, 2020

    Growing and Brewing with Homegrown Hops

    Growing hops is not only rewarding, it’s ridiculously fun, especially if you want the experience of making your own fresh hopped homebrew every year!  This week, we’ll talk about how easy and rewarding homegrown hops can be, including how to plant and nurture them for the best harvest, how to know when to harvest, some cool and easy DIY drying methods, and even how to best maintain your personal hop fields for the best outcome every year!
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A Home Brewers BrewSummary

  • Making an Anti-Viral Red
    November 21, 2020

    Making an Anti-Viral Red

    The idea behind this BrewSummary was to use elderberries in a classic malt forward red ale and see if we could use lighter base malt and limited specialty malts to make a bright red, fruit forward beer.  And to make it healthy!
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  • Brewing in the Great Basin National Park
    October 23, 2020

    Brewing in the Great Basin National Park

    The purpose of this BrewSummary was to try out some new hops, courtesy of one of our hop suppliers, and not only test the flavors, but soak up some of the ambiance from the Great Basin National Park at the same time!
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  • BrewSummary - 1 Gallon Fresh Cider
    September 24, 2020

    BrewSummary - 1 Gallon Fresh Cider

    I wanted to test out all of our new cider processing equipment with some fresh apples, and ferment fresh juice.  After it was all pressed, I made an in the moment decision to allow it to ferment naturally to see what kind of character and flavor profiles I would get with the wild yeast and bacteria that was on the apples...and it worked!!  
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BrewChatter's Story - How two home brewers got started together.

Here is a short video of how two home brewers started BrewChatter Home Brew Supplies. Want to watch more of our videos? Follow us on YouTube BrewChatterTV! Cheers, Josh and RJ