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Date-Banana Gruit brewed in tea with Kveik Hornindal, our YouTube Viewers’ Choice wine

We asked, you voted, we brewed. Through a series of polls, our YouTube Community page decided that we would brew a date and banana wine, sparkling, in the style of a big beer. We figured y’all would vote for a mead, but here we are! Start-to-finish this was pitch-to-glass in under one month. Not too shabby! While it kept a small amount of haze, the flavor is out of this…

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Our Intro Course to Home Brewing and Fermentation: So You Want to Brew!

It’s finally complete – our four-part series on how to brew at home! Are you a beginner home brewer? Like just-starting-out beginner? Do you have questions about what equipment to use to homebrew, or how to put it into bottles? This series will take you through equipment, microorganisms, fermentation, and bottling. A lot of folks come to our YouTube channel or website looking for information on how to make wine or…

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Using Kveik Ale Yeast in Mead

Kveik ale yeast is great for homebrewing for a number of reasons. When you home brew mead or wine, you really want some consistent and interesting results from your mead. We used to primarily recommend EC-1118, but after several months running kveik through the ringer, we’re happy to say this Norwegian farmhouse yeast is a real winner! Shout-out to Chop and Brew and Beer Scholar for their kveik pronunciation videos! What would…

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Our April Fools Gag: Homebrewing Natty Light

It’s April Fools, and what better way to fool ourselves than to brew up a grocery store beer. In this episode, we’re attempting to home brew Natural Light aka Natty Light. This light lager has barely any character of barley, malt, hops, or other grains. So, other than smelling faintly of beer, it’s a great candidate to try making from junk we picked up at Walmart. Hopefully this homebrewing how-to…

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The US Government vs. Commercial Mead

Mead production in the USA is classed as the production of an “agricultural wine.” This means that cereal, grains, and molasses are not allowed in the production of commercial mead. Hops can only be used sparingly. And most traditional types of meads would be classed as malt beverages or “other than standard” wines. The mead category is a bizarre blend of wine and beer regulations, rather than its own category,…

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10 HOMEBREWING MISTAKES YOU LEARNED from YouTube brew channels

At some point we all turned to online how-to videos for information on making cider, beer, wine, or mead at home. Homebrewing can be complex! But there are definitely some common mistakes being taught online about brewing, including using raisins as nutrient! We’re breaking down ten of the most common faux pas seen in YouTube home brew content – especially those focused on beginner brewers. Lots of love to the…

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TOP TEN HOMEBREWING HACKS: Tips and Tricks for Beginner Brewers

In about a decade of homebrewing, I’ve learned a lot. Usually by trying and failing. And sometimes by looking for shortcuts that don’t impact the quality of the end product. For beginner homebrewers, there can be a lot of questions at the beginning. So we made this video help pass along some (relatively common sense) tips, tricks, and hacks for brewing beer, wine, mead, and cider at home. Silicone bungs…

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How to make Sparkling Wine from any home wine kit

The homebrew challenge: Make delicious sparkling wine (champagne) in just four months. Can we do it? Of course! This chardonnay home winemaking kit was fermented and clear in just 51 days. In the second part of this episode we’ll get it carbonated and serve it up to 250 guests! What are your wine kit hacks? let us know in the comments. 👇…

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