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Discount AHA Memberships and a Free Book

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We always sell AHA memberships at a discount,$40, to our customers but purchase and activate a membership this month and you will receive a free copy of American Sour Beers!  This book is a $20 value and you get all that comes with an AHA membership like discounts and a years subscription to Zymurgy magazine.

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New Products Just In

As always, we are continuing to add products to our inventory.  If there is something you would like us to carry, please tell us.  We will do all we can to get it and keep it stocked.  Here’s what’s new lately:

Brooklyn Beers1 gallon all-grain kits from Brooklyn Brewshop.  These kits include grains and hops.  Depending on your setup you may need a muslin bag for the grains and/or hops.  Instructions can be printed from their website.  We will print them for you if you would like, just let us know.  Available kits include Chestnut Brown Ale, Warrior IPA, Everyday IPA, Chocolate Maple Porter, Jalapeno Saison, Oatmeal Stout, Afternoon Wheat, Summer Wheat and Grapefruit Honey Ale.  $15 each

Citra poundWe now have hop pellets in 1 pound bags.  So far, we have Citra, Mosaic and Smaragd(Emerald) in stock and we will be adding more shortly.  See Hopunions website for descriptions of each: http://www.hopunion.com/hop-varieties/   As of now, Hopunion’s website has an error that ask for a login.  Just click cancel and use their site as usual.  Of course, we still have 75+ hop pellets varieties in 1 oz pack, 13 one-ounce leaf varieties and 6 one-pound leaf varieties.

Munton's Malt Syrup (1660 - 1674)

You asked for Maris Otter extract and we got it.  Muntons LME is a perfect base for any English or American style beer.  Adds a rich malty profile.  3.3 lb can is just $13.99.

 

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Snow Day!!!

The roads were bad, everyone had off from work and your kids didn’t go to school so we were closed.  We decided to brew a clone of Blanche de Bruxelles.  Here’s the recipe:

5 lbs. 1.8 oz Pilsner Malt

4 lbs. 4.8 oz Flaked Wheat

1 lb 1.3 oz. Flaked Oats

4.3 oz Munich Malt

0.75 oz Hallertau @ 60 minutes

0.5 oz Cascade leaf hops @ 5 minutes

1.5 oz. lemon zest @ 5 minutes

1.0 oz. coriander @ 5 minutes

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Using BIAB we mashed for 90 minutes.  Our target OG was 1.52, we hit 1.048.

 

During our 90 minute mash we prepped our ingredients.  First up, we crushed the coriander.  This can be done in a grain mill but a bag and a rolling pin work just as well.  You want to crack the shell, not pulverize it into a dust.  Next, we zested about 2 lemons to yield 1.5 oz of zest.  We went ahead and weighed out our cascade and german hallertau hops.

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This is a fairly simple brew but anytime you use fresh fruit or spices it can be a challenge to balance the flavors.  We’ll keep you updated as to how it turns out.

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Beer Kits on Sale!

Kits on Sale

We have a whole section of beer recipe kits on sale.  Choose from several BrewCraft recipes, Chocolate Milk Stout, Pumpkin Spice Porter and Holiday Ale from Brewer’s Best as well as Brewer’s Best’s Brew-In-A-Bag kits.  Combine any two kits for a BOGO 50% off one 10% off any one kit.

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Homebrew Fermenters at Homecrafted in Apex, NC

FermentersJust in is the FastFerment  conical fermenter.  FastFerment is made by FastRack right here in America and it is an affordable way to get all the benefits of a conical fermenter.  The FastFerment lets you harvest yeast as well as remove trub which eliminates the need to rack to a secondary fermentation vessel.  The FastFerment includes the conical fermenter with lid, airlock, ball valve, yeast collection ball, thermowell and wall mounts.  Optional equipment includes the floor stand, thermometer, extra collection ball and carrying strap.  Conical fermenter capacity is 7.9 gallons.  Check out this video: https://www.thefastrack.ca/main/fastferment

Also pictured, from left to right, is the 15.8 gallon and the 7.9 gallon Speidel fermenters.

 

 

 

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New hops

This month Homecrafted has added 11 new hop pellet varieties!

German:

  • Hallertau: Traditionally a superior German aroma hop. Excellent flavor. Mild to semi-strong aroma, versatile bittering and finishing. Used for Wheats, Altbiers, Pilsners, Belgian Ales, American and German Lagers. Alpha acid: 2.7%, Beta Acid: 3.8%
  • Polaris: Intense floral and pleasant mint tones.  Alpha Acid: 18.8% Beta Acid: 4.5-6.0%
  • Herkules: Spicy, floral and hop notes with hints of pine, black pepper and melon. Alpha Acid: 17.3% Beta Acid: 5.6%
  • Perle: Bred at the Hull Hop Research Institute from the English Northern Brewer variety. Used for Pale Ales, Porters, Lagers.  Alpha Acid: 7.5% Beta Acid: 4.9%

Australian:

  • Galaxy: The Australian hop variety Galaxy is a high alpha dual purpose seedless cultivar with a marked and unique hop aroma. Galaxy, when added late in the boil, has been found to impart a unique and pleasant flavor to beer. The striking flavor has been described as a combination of citrus and passionfruit, whilst still contributing significant bittering. Alpha Acid: 13.7% Beta Acid: 5.0-6.9%
  • Topaz: Very high alpha acid content. Good for IPA and other high alpha beers. Alpha Acid: 16.5%Beta Acid: 6.5%

New Zealand:

  • Wakatu: Distinct floral, slight citrus/lime. Use in Lagers, Pilsners, Bitters, Ales, Bocks. Alpha Acid: 7.1% Beta Acid: 8.5%
  • Motueka: Lemon, lime, tropical fruit. Use in Belgian and English Ales, Pilsners. Alpha Acid: 6.6% Beta Acid: 5.0-5.5%

French:

  • Strisselspalt: Very fine spicy, herbal, floral, lemon and fruit characteristics. Alpha Acid: 1.2% Beta Acid: 5.1%

United Kingdom:

  • Challenger: Cedar, green tea and sweet floral characteristics. Alpha Acid: 8.9% Beta Acid: 3.7%

United States:

  • Santiam: Slightly spicy with herbal and floral characteristics. Alpha Acid: 7.2% Beta Acid: 7.4%

 

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