Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Oktoberfest Beers Another option for fall craft beers is the malty dark lagers (Marzens) that are characteristic of Oktoberfest celebrations. To create your own, start with a basic Helles recipe. Kick the base malt up to a gravity of 1.055-1.060. Just add some more bittering hops to make up for the added base malt boost. Some Other Autumn Flavors Worth Considering Maple is always a popular craft brew ingredient in the fall. The uniquely robust autumn flavor can be achieved by mixing maple syrup (fresh, if possible) with yams, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with your yeast of choice. Light sour flavors and caramel are equally satisfying fall flavors that can make a tasty craft beer perfect for soothing a fall chill.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Home brewing in California has become an increasingly popular pastime. While many home brewers rely on extract brewing and beer kits to simplify the process, others are interested in the flexibility and creativity provided by all grain brewing. Learning the equipment you need can seem a daunting task at first, but retailers can help when looking for home brewing supplies in Sacramento. The overhead cost of purchasing equipment will ultimately pay off in the end. Vessel The heart of the brewing process is the vessel or vessels needed to hold your mixture through the various stages. If you have any interest in expanding your yield, consider buying vessels larger than what you need for preparation. A mash tun holds your grains and water during the mash and needs to be able to sustain temperatures of up to 175 degrees.
Monday, November 30, 2015
With the rising popularity of craft beers, the entry barrier to becoming a brewer has become lower. It's easier than ever to find brewing supplies in Sacramento, and new techniques allow aspiring brewers to learn the trade with a small budget and minimal experience. There are three major techniques that cater to various levels of skill and experience. Home Beer Kit Many first-time brewers begin with a home beer kit. These kits serve as something of an introductory-level course, guiding you through the methodology and chemistry behind the beer making process. Home kits typically consist of a tin of malt extract pre-mixed with malts and a yeast packet. The process is as simple as could be and involves just mixing the yeast and malts together and letting the brew ferment. While it's simple and guaranteed to provide a quality taste, it doesn't allow the customization you get with more advanced techniques.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Home wine making is a skill that's easy to learn but difficult to master. Experience is the only way to get better, but the process is simple enough to start in an afternoon. In the simplest form of wine making, all you need to do is mix juice, sugar, and yeast and let it ferment for 10 to 30 days. However, the result won't be particularly pleasant. Creating a rich and full-bodied wine requires carefully picking fruits that capture the flavor you want and relying on the right chemicals and equipment to give it the perfect taste. Start by making sure all your equipment and ingredients are fully washed and cleaned. Pick sour or rotten fruit from the batch. If you don't have a wine press, you'll need to crush the fruit yourself, using a strainer, a bucket, and your clean feet.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Beer brewing is an art that is almost as old as civilization itself. For millennia, people have tried to craft and perfect their own home brewing recipes using different grains and equipment that helped them achieve good tasting beer. Today’s beer is mainly made from barley, and some beer enthusiasts would insist that a top-quality drink should only be made from barely. However, other grains are also just as capable of whipping up a great batch of the famous drink. Wheat, sorghum, rye, oats, corn, rice, and even sugar are all known as adjuncts. The term “adjunct” refers to any unmalted grain used in beer brewing to supplement the main ingredient (commonly malted barley). Some people think that adjuncts are only used to cut down on production costs, since some grains like rice and corn are cheaper than barley.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Home brewers have two options when it comes to making beer at home: extract brewing and all-grain brewing. To begin with, it is important to understand the home brewing process itself. Beer is a result of fermenting malt sugar. The traditional process of making beer is to mash grains, take the remaining sugars as base, introduce the yeast, and then wait for it to ferment. Traditionally, all-grain is the only way to brew beer; however, today’s technology has made it possible to brew even with extracts only. In simple terms, an extract is a ready-made malt that can be immediately used as a base. Extract brewing allows the brewers to skip over the malting and mashing process and go right ahead to the fermenting process.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
It is common for beer lovers, particularly those who brew their own, to check their beer’s label and study the content. Some ingredients, like milk or fruits, can certainly point to the brewers’ creativity, but the use of chili peppers surely reflects the brewer’s preference for the hot stuff. If you want to give your homemade brew a kick, a dash of chili pepper could be the answer. Caution: Hot Zone In his article for Brew Your Own magazine, Scott Russell says there are many cardinal elements to consider before you even go about making your own chili beer. One main point is that the chili content must not overpower your brewed malt and hops. The beer itself should be well-brewed and can stand their ground.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
There are many fruits which can be used for homemade wines. Specific citrus varieties, like tangerine, have become perennial favorites by home winemakers who want to craft something different from the products available at the nearest liquor store. Tangerine 101 Tangerines, also known by their scientific name citrus reticulata, have been tagged as cousins of oranges. Along with satsumas, tangerines come from the Mandarin family of citrus trees, and both originated from Southeast Asia. Tangerines are recognizable by their smaller size compared to oranges, and are also easier to peel than oranges. Some of the well-known tangerine varieties include the much sought-after Wilking and Kinnow, the Nova, and the Changsha. However, you have to be careful when shopping around for tangerines – a few citrus fruits may be passed off as tangerines but are not “true” tangerines, such as Calamondins and Minneota Tangeloes.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Has six months passed since you made wine using your starter kit from The Brewmeister? That means the home-made wine sitting in your basement is now finally ready for tasting. But wait; do you know how to properly assess your wine? Knowing the proper wine tasting techniques will give you the necessary skill to determine if your home brewing recipes are successful. Here are pointers on how to properly taste and assess wine: 1. Pouring the Wine – Proper wine tasting starts at the pouring itself. In a restaurant, the waiter will do this for you, but at your own home, you need to do it yourself. When pouring, make sure that the bottle is about 6-10 inches from the bottom of the glass, to allow the liquid to aerate as you pour, thus improving the taste.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Beer is almost as old as civilization itself. Some historians believe that beer making started some 10 millenniums ago when our ancient ancestors moved away from hunting and gathering, and started agriculture. Nobody really knows how it was invented, but the common belief is that a barrel of bread or grain got wet and turned into pulp. Someone must have tried this pulp, either out of curiosity or hunger, and found it good. Majority of the ancient civilizations, like the Mesopotamians and the Egyptians, included the drink in many of their religious ceremonies. One has to wonder, however, if the beer made today is still the same as the ancient beer that our ancestors created. The answer is no. While the brewing process and techniques remain largely unchanged, the home brewing supplies back then were different.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The popularity of home brewing is growing, both as a hobby and business. Last year, results from the 5th annual Homebrew Supply Shop Survey showed that the gross revenue of suppliers across the United States increased by 10.5% in 2013. Among the products sold, beginner homebrew kits were highlighted, growing by 24% among consumers between the ages of 30 and 39 years old. The number of young stores also rose when data showed 37% of the respondents had only been around for three years or less. Moreover, over 60% of the respondents had seen a new shop opening around their area that year.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
In just the right amount, people who drink alcohol or wine can actually benefit from it. According to Medical News Today, wine consumption, particularly the red variety, can reduce risks of many chronic illnesses, like dementia, cancer, diabetes, and heart problems. Previous studies have shown that red wine offers the most health benefits due to a compound found in red grapes, called resveratrol, which serves as an antioxidant in the body. Medical experts believe that this is the key ingredient that makes red wine suitable as beverage when taken in moderately. This ingredient in red wine also helps reduce the production of bad cholesterol, keep blood vessels from being damaged, and help avoid blood clots.
Friday, August 14, 2015
When you were still a novice home brewer, you might have been following the instructions laid out in recipe booklets by heart, afraid that if you change even one element of the whole process, you’d get a bad-tasting brew. Now that you’re quite adept at brewing your own beer, however, why not try tweaking and playing around with your home brewing recipes to get an interesting flavor? Some people believe that to create a totally different brew, they have to start from scratch and find the right ingredients and factor in the necessary measurements, however you only need to make a few little tweaks on recipes you’ve already tried and tested. Fortunately, there are two ways you can drastically change your beer’s taste: either you change its ingredients or you don’t. First, you find a basic recipe that you can carry out perfectly, and then start experimenting.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
There’s nothing better than celebrating parties or weekends than to brew your own beer and share it with everyone, yet for some people this can become more of a trial and error process. Though there are a lot of beginner kits available, making it easier even for novices to brew their own concoctions at home, they might find their beers too bitter or watery than they would’ve wanted. Needless to say, no one can become a master brewer overnight, and developing this skill takes time, patience, and a basic understanding of chemistry. There are, however, some mistakes that home brewing novices commit, which you can avoid to get a better-tasting brew that you can proudly call your own.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
When you're thinking of starting home brewing in Sacramento, California, don't be intimidated by the catalog of brewing supplies you often see on the Internet. Home brewing is actually pretty simple; the key thing is to have quality tools and ingredients to begin with. Here are a few things you'll need to start your brewing hobby. The Supplies Basically, you'll need a brewing bucket, a bubbler, a siphon hose, and some bottles. The brewing bucket is where all of the action happens, while the bubbler lets gas escape from the bucket during the fermentation process so as to keep the container from bursting. The siphon hose is mostly needed to pour out the beer into the bottles for storage or if you wish you can pour drinks directly from the bucket.
Monday, August 10, 2015
People who are interested in becoming wine makers often focus on making traditional wines; however, with all of the available wine making supplies from stores like The Brewmeister (with locations in West Sacramento, Sacramento, other nearby areas and online) a prospective home wine maker can easily branch out beyond grapes as the main source of flavor for their wine. It’s easy and fun. You also avoid the decision-making involved with choosing a particular type of grape to create either a red or white wine. All you need is a fruit (other than grapes) that you’d like to make a wine out of. The Flavors Considering the wide range of flavors available to you when you want to make fruit wine, you’ll need to narrow it down. You could pick something close to grapes; blueberries, strawberries, and others from the berry family taste as well as grapes. Blueberries in particular make a very mild, sweet wine, while strawberries and other berries with strong flavors can provide full-bodied and
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Did you ever think you were being healthy by crafting and drinking beer? Red wine has long been touted as having a positive effect on your health (when drank in moderation of course). Beer seems to be skipped over for its potential health benefits. However, the grains, yeasts and hops used in making beer all have nutrients such as fiber, B-vitamins and antioxidants that fortify the body’s resistance. If you’d like to get started on making your own beer, read on for a look at the basic process. Gather the Supplies When looking for supplies, it’s best to look for vendors who observe the standards of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) for guaranteed safety for local and international beer styles. Most beginner home brewing recipes come with easy-to-follow instructions which are found in supply stores like The Brewmeister. An extract-only beer generally consists of a malt extract, the hops, the yeast, priming sugar and at least a gallon of water.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Craft brewers have a community all their own. Members enjoy discussing brewing techniques and swapping recipes, and are only too happy to share some tips and secrets with everybody else. According to an article in Fortune.com, “Recipe sharing is becoming more widespread as craft beer’s footprint grows. And, in some cases, breweries are working with home brew outlets to put together kits for fans to make their own versions of their favorite beers” Brewing at home is enjoyable because you get to try to recreate some of your favorite beers, or create a new recipe entirely on your own—one that can’t be bought from your local bars. Home brewers can come up with a different brew each time, limited only by their own imagination—and supplies. Sacramento home brewing aficionados can get beer recipes from other home brewers, and even the breweries themselves.
Friday, July 3, 2015
More and more Americans are brewing their own beer. With local Sacramento brewing supplies dealers like The Brewmeister offering beginner kits to aspiring home brewers, it’s never been easier to get into the hobby. Since its legalization in 1979, home brewing is enjoying a massive boom—amateur brewing contests are held all across the U.S., and they easily fill up with competitors in mere minutes. Home brewing equipment is now easily accessible. Brewing requires an adequate understanding of chemistry along with patience. To help you along, here are some of the most common home brewing mistakes to avoid. This will ensure that when using your brewing supplies from California dealers you will create the best beer you can.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
If there’s one thing a budding home wine maker has to know, it’s this: a wine maker’s touch can greatly affect the resulting wine’s flavor. While the type and quality of grapes you use are very important to the results, individual touches can put your own unique stamp in your creation. Quality wine making supplies from West Sacramento shops like The Brewmeister will certainly make the process easier for you, but it’s the little details that can set your wine apart from the others. Here are some of those finer points to watch out for. Grape Harvest Date If you’re growing your own fruit for your home wine making venture, consider these factors affecting grape maturity which determines the perfect time to harvest them. For instance, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir variations are picked ahead of others since they ripen much earlier. Late ripening varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese follow suit.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A survey conducted by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2013 found an estimated 1.2 million home brewers spread across the United States. American home brewers reportedly produce more than 2 million barrels of brews a year. Various benefits of home brewing outweigh the costs, encouraging more people to engage in this craft. The diverse flavors and styles of beer you can get from local breweries may also be concocted at home with suitable home brewing recipes found in supply stores like The Brewmeister. Recognized home brewing suppliers offer a comprehensive collection of recipes and equipment for both amateur and expert home brewers, including international beer styles and their own unique brews. Customers are also assured of safety and quality with craft styles that adhere to the standards of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Once a limited activity, home brewing is now considered an art and hobby for beer lovers in California and other parts of the country. The idea of brewing your own beer might seem like too much work when you can simply buy a bottle or two at a nearby store. However, the personal fulfillment and economic benefits one can get from home brewing are encouraging many people to join the growing California home brewing community. Before anything else, you need to have the right home brewing supplies from Sacramento dealers like The Brewmeister. Reputable suppliers regularly update their inventory of equipment and recipes to accommodate the season and the trends in a year. For amateur brewers, most suppliers offer beginners’ brewing kits with all the essential paraphernalia to practice beer-making at home.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Ice-cold beer is one of the most prominent staples of many parties. There is no shortage of beer choices out there, and each person has their own preferences and favorites. An alternative for the beer enthusiasts would be to brew their own beer right in their own home. It may seem intimidating and complex at first, but with experience it can become simpler especially with brewing supplies in Sacramento. Before anyone can think about brewing their own beer, they must first know the basic components of a beer, namely: water, hops, yeast and fermentable sugar. In order to come up with a successful batch of beer, each ingredient must be cooked in a certain way. Part of successful beer brewing is knowing what role each ingredient plays.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
It’s pretty common (and easy) for rookie wine makers to be confused when they’re starting out. They need to understand how to make their new equipment work, as well as figure out those “easy” recipes that may turn out to be not-so-easy after all. It helps to have the best wine making supplies from West Sacramento dealers like The Brewmeister for assistance, but to avoid wasting your efforts here are some of the most common mistakes rookie wine makers commit, and a few pointers on how to avoid them. Failing To Keep Everything Clean – Dirt is the home wine maker’s number one enemy. Being an organic process, wine making is extremely delicate—if wrong organisms find their way into the mixture, they can easily render all your efforts worthless. Dirty instruments, as well as an unkempt bottling process, can provide a way for bacteria to invade the wine mixture and adversely affect flavor or freshness.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
People from every corner of the world have had memorable experiences of drinking beer with their family and friends. The great thing about this is that according to multiple studies, drinking beer in moderation can actually provide many health benefits, especially for the elderly. An article by senior reporter Lizette Borreli for Medical Daily discusses how beer─ and a great game of billiards to go with it─ can go a long way to improving the quality of life for senior citizens.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Who doesn’t love a good beer? While most people, including those in Sacramento, go out to their favorite bars to indulge in their beer of choice, true aficionados make their own in the comforts of their own home. With the right home brewing supplies in Sacramento and learning the proper skills, you can start creating your own beer. One of the key things to home brewing are the ingredients. Making use of high-quality ingredients means a higher chance that the resulting brew will be unique. There is the opportunity to make different brews that you can’t get from big producers, since high-quality ingredients would be too expensive for mass production.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
If you consider yourself a true beer aficionado or connoisseur, chances are that you’ve already tried brewing your own beer at home. In fact, you may have already perfected a particular homebrew that fits your personal preferences to a tee. Over time, however, your tongue will adapt to the taste of your usual brew, leaving you craving for something new. In such cases, why not add a splash of fruit to your brew? With everything you need conveniently available from a Sacramento brewing supplies company, experimenting can help you create a seasonal variety to your “typical brew”. Additionally, trying to unlock the perfect combination of fruits is sure to reignite your passion for brewing.
Friday, May 8, 2015
According to a National Geographic article, the art of wine making may have evolved from a single inspired idea among Paleolithic humans who observed how birds that fed on rotten fruit often became intoxicated. That observation may have led those early humans to discover how to replicate the natural fermentation process. You, too, can discover the wonders of wine making. Achieving the desired results, however, requires adequate preparation and resources. Specialists such as The Brewmeister offer a wide range of wine making supplies in Sacramento.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Local beer brewing competitions and sharing sessions have been motivating more individuals into home brewing. According to the American Homebrewers Association, about a million Americans brew their own beer on at least one occasion every year. Government restrictions on home brewing are gradually being lifted in many states, allowing its growth as a favorite past time among Americans, supported by emerging supply stores across the states. Basic Home Brewery Know-How The art of creating home brewing recipes involves equipment and supplies that home brewers invest in for their homes. Supplies such as airlocks, bottle caps, and wands may cost under $10 each, while essential tools and equipment like stainless kettles, fermentation buckets, and racking canes require a little more room in the budget. In addition to these, home brewing supply stores like The Brewmeister offer different recipe kits that beginners may want to work on for their first brew.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Brewing beer at home is a hobby that is growing in popularity. The process is enjoyable and there is a certain satisfaction that comes with crafting your own beer. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the brewer and they can go crazy with different combinations of ingredients, styles, and techniques. It also doesn’t take up too much time and work to brew a batch of beer, which is a huge plus for simple hobbyists who have plenty of other things to do. First things first, though. In order to create a good beer, one should have the necessary home brewing supplies in Sacramento. Having quality tools can help with the process and the resulting product.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
WiseBread.com contributor Marla Walters is familiar with brewing homemade beer. After her husband started the hobby, their kitchen was practically turned into a brewery—there’s a big stockpot with foam on the sides, a gigantic thermometer, tubes, and oddly shaped brushes. There’s also a bag of “carbonation drops” (which look like lemon drops, but are white), bottle caps, a capping apparatus, and a six-gallon glass “carboy” which is a huge, heavy bottle full of future beer. These are among the most essential tools and equipment required for brewing homemade beer, available from a Sacramento brewing supplies stores, such as The Brewmeister. If you’re an aspiring brewer, however, you’ll need to take note of a few things before you venture to your local brewing supplies store.
Monday, March 23, 2015
If you’ve seen a lot of people visit local home brewing and wine making stores lately like local West Sacramento wine making supplies store the Brewmeister, you shouldn’t be surprised. A myriad of old-school artisanal products and skills are enjoying a renaissance these days—among them the phenomenon of creating your own booze. Contributor Julie Tisner for Redbook Magazine shares her rather quirky thoughts on why such renaissance is occurring. She argues that people with old-world skills will be indispensable when some sort of apocalyptic occurrence dawns on mankind. Of course, some of the common jobs nowadays wouldn’t matter in such situations—would the likes of a social media guru or a yoga teacher be able to help in a post-apocalyptic, Internet-free landscape? Probably not. Put someone who can brew a drink from nature forward, however, and then survival is possible.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
For many Americans, beer has become more than just beer. It’s not a mere beverage anymore; it’s a craft that has garnered serious devotees and continues to attract more. Statistics show that the number of home brewers has increased year after year, with the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) estimating 1.2 million home brewers in the country as of 2014. For the uninitiated, the appeal of home brewing may not be immediately clear. After all, who would want to go to the trouble of making beer from scratch when it’s readily available for purchase at the nearest store? While home brewing certainly takes some investment of time, effort, and resources, one of the qualities that draws enthusiasts to this hobby is the creative freedom that allows them to craft unique beers that are often leagues away from many commercially-available bottles.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Due to the rising popularity of craft beers and the increased willingness of many to try out home brewing for themselves, good home brewing supplies in Sacramento are not hard to find. In fact, shops such as The Brewmeister don’t just supply home brewing equipment and materials for enthusiasts of all levels. They also offer beginning and advanced classes for people who want to learn more about the craft. After all, it’s a known fact that while wine and beer can certainly make any situation more fun, home brewing elevates the experience to something more special and more personal. Consider enlisting the aid of such shops to have such an experience.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
For beer connoisseurs, some beer brands can tingle your taste buds while others are the kind you’d never want to open a bottle of again; it can even inspire you to make your own brew. Tyghe Trimble of Popular Mechanics magazine states that the do-it-yourself model is an option for you if you know how to cook and it is actually cheaper in the long run than buying from the stores. If you want to start small with your own operation at home, acquiring your brewing supplies at Sacramento sellers like The Brewmeister is the best move you’ll make.
Friday, February 13, 2015
If you like to enjoy a glass of red wine and like trying new types of wine, you should consider making your own red wine instead of buying a bottle from a shop. It’s a lot of fun and many people enjoy it, but as writer Meredith Berg says in an article for SFGate.com, learning about the grape varieties that are mostly used makes the difference between a great bottle and a waste of tipple. Sacramento, CA is already home to a wide variety of urban wineries and offers vineyard tours in the Sierra Nevada. You may have even been to some of those places yourself before. If you do decide to throw hat at the homemade red wine arena, start your journey through sellers of wine making supplies in West Sacramento like The Brewmeister.