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Tips on Beer & Wine Making

All the beer and wine kits that we carry at Hammersmith come with all the instructions needed to make your beer and wine making experience an enjoyable  time. And remember, we are always available to assist you. Whether it's your first or tenth beer or wine you're making, we are just a phone call or email away!

To help you start out, we are providing some basic steps in making beer and wine along with "Joe's Helpful Tips"

Any questions? Call us at (518) 786-1853 or (866) 442-2337.

Making Beer

Making Wine

Joe's Helpful Tips

Links

Making Beer

1. Fill 1 1/2 gallons of water in brew pot and bring to boil.
2. Add ingredients and boil for 45-60 minutes, depending on recipe.
3. Transfer to fermenter and add 3 1/2 gallons of cold water.
4. Add yeast and ferment at 65-70 degrees until complete 7-10 days later. For lagers, 50-55 degrees for 21 days.
5. Transfer to Bottling Bucket and add 3/4 cup Priming Sugar.
6. Bottle, cap and age for 7days. And most importantly....
7. Open, pour and ENJOY!

Making Wine

1. Fill fermentor with juice/must and water according to recipe directions. Test and note the specific gravity. Make sure temperature is adequate. Prepare and add yeast according to instructions. Cover fermentor with clean plastic sheet. Fasten lightly to allow carbonic gas to escape.
2. On Day 6, when gravity is 1.020 or less, complete a first racking by siphoning the wine into a clean, sterile carboy (large glass container). Check the temperature range. Make sure carboy is filled to within 2 inches from the top. Install a fermentation lock.
3. On Day 12, take an additional specific gravity reading to make sure the secondary fermentation is progressing well.
4. On Day 20, once the fermentation is completed, complete a second racking by again siphoning into a clean, sterile carboy. Add the required preservatives and clarifier.
5. On Day 28, make sure the wine is clear and taste it. Filter in order to obtain a bright finish and full degas the wine. Bottle your wine.
6.  And most importantly....
7. Open, or let it age, and ENJOY!

Joe's Helpful Tips - Click on any of Joe's Helpful Tips for the full story!

Preventing the Boil Over (New)
Adding Malt Extract (New)
Adding Priming Sugar
The Secret to a Successful Brew - Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize!
Think you should rinse the sanitizer off the equipment? Think again.
Having trouble removing those pesky labels from your bottles?
Cool and dark is best for storing wine.
Dry is good......but Liquid Yeast is better!
Starting a Syphon.
Avoiding beer-spoiling bacteria.
Wine tips: Airlocks, starting gravity and after-bottling & corking.

Links

Here are a links to other websites that might be of interest:

Yankee Brew News (www.yankeebrew.com)