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New Location, 101 Tradition Trail, 27540

Homecrafted’s new location will be 101 Tradition Trail, Holly Springs, NC 27540.  Due to construction delays we’ll temporarily be at 220 Premier Drive, Holly Springs, NC 27540(GMA Supply) which is part of the same building as 101 Tradition Trail.  We expect to be in this temporary location through the end of the year and we’ll update as construction proceeds.  We will still offer the same goods and services, including milling.

A few scheduling changes as we move:

  • We’ll be open Wednesday the 25th, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving
  • We’ll be closed until Sunday the 29th
  • Homecrafted will open at 220 Premier Drive on Monday, November 30th
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RVA Yeast Now in Stock!

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Homecrafted just received our first order from RVA Yeast Labs.  These have over 200 billion yeast cells per vial, that’s twice as much yeast as the competitors!  No need to make a starter.  Check out their website at RVAYeast for a complete list of available yeasts.  See one you like?  Let us know and we will get it on the next order.  Here’s what we have so far:

RVA 101 Chico Ale (Sierra Nevada): This versatile workhorse yeast will produce a clean crisp flavor profile with muted yeast character allowing hops and malt to take center stage.  The American IPA has gained international acclaim and this is the yeast that did it.  

Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation:  70- 75%
Suggested fermentation temperature: 67-73º F
Alcohol Tolerance: High (11%)

RVA 103 Pacman Ale (Rogue): A very versatile yeast, produces a dry, clean beer with little diacetyl and very mild esters. However, it has a lower emphasis on hop bitterness, slightly tart, and less attenuative (more residual sweetness). Great for pale ales, blonde ale, American wheat, altbier, amber ale.

Flocculation: Medium-High
Attenuation:  74- 78%
Suggested fermentation temperature: 62-72º F
Alcohol Tolerance: High (12%)

RVA 104 Hoptopper Ale (Alchemist): Isolated from a very well regarded example of a Double IPA, this strain will produce fruity esters which serve well to complement a heavy hop load.  Great for a variety of pale ales and bitters.

Flocculation: Medium/Low
Attenuation: 75-80%
Suggested fermentation temperature: 64-76º F
Alcohol Tolerance: High (11%)

RVA 131 Chiswick Ale (Fullers): This classic English strain will produce a very clear beer with some residual sweetness.  Perfect for classic bitters, milds, English style porters and stouts.

Flocculation: Very High
Attenuation:  65-72%
Suggested fermentation temperature: 65-70º F
Alcohol Tolerance: Medium (8 %)

RVA 141 Scotch Ale (McEwans): Produces the famous malty beers of Scotland, including the winter warmer, Wee Heavy.

Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation:  70-75%
Suggested fermentation temperature: 65-70º F
Alcohol Tolerance: High (11%)

RVA 501 Brettanomyces claussenii: A low-intensity strain. Contributions from this strain are mostly aromas of pineapple and fruit. This strain prefers higher temperatures (85º F), but will produce nice aroma and subtle flavor at normal ale fermentation termperatures (68-72º F).

RVA 806 Lickinghole Creek Ale:  Isolated from the wilds at Virginia’s farm brewery, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, this strain captures the terroir of this premier craft brew lover’s destination. With citrus esters, a nose of sweet honey and a dash of phenolic spice, this strain will complement a variety of dry Belgian style beers. We highly recommend this strain for Belgian triple and Saison.

Preliminary Data:
Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation: 78-85%
Suggested fermentation temperature: 68-74º F
Alcohol Tolerance: High (12%)

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Wyeast Platinum Collection Q4 2015

These special Wyeast strains are only available from October through December 2015!

Wyeast 1217-PC West Coast IPA™

Beer Styles: American IPA, Imperial IPA, American Brown & Red Ales, Scottish Ales

Profile: This workhorse strain is ideally suited to the production of west-coast style American craft beers, especially pale, IPA, red, and specialty ales. Thorough attenuation, temp tolerance, and good flocculation make this an easy strain to work with. Flavor is balanced to neutral with mild ester formation at warmer temperatures, allowing hops, character malts, and flavorings to show through.

  • Alc. Tolerance          10% ABV
  • Flocculation              medium-high
  • Attenuation               73-80%
  • Temp. Range             62-74°F (17-23°C)

Wyeast 2352-PC Munich Lager II™

Beer Styles: Munich Helles and Dunkel, Oktoberfest/ Märzen, Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Traditional Bock, Maibock/Hellesbock, Dopplebock, Eisbock

Profile: An excellent choice for the malt-driven lager styles of Bavaria, or other styles where a clean and malt-forward profile is desired. Compared to Wyeast 2308, 2352-PC produces less diacetyl and sulfur during fermentation; combined with its good flocculation and rapid maturation, quick turnaround with this strain is possible on many systems.

  • Alc. Tolerance           10% ABV
  • Flocculation               medium
  • Attenuation                72-74%
  • Temp. Range             52-62°F (11-16°C)

Wyeast 9097-PC Old Ale Blend™

Beer Styles: Strong Ale, Old Ale, English Barleywine, Historic English Ales, Wood Aged Beers

Profile: A custom blend containing an attenuative ale strain along with a proportion of Brettanomyces to replicate historic styles which would have picked up funk during extended aging. 9097-PC will ferment well in high-gravity worts, producing fruity beers with great complexity. The Brettanomyces character adds a pie cherry-like flavor and sourness which will increase with age.

  • Alc. Tolerance           12-14% ABV
  • Flocculation               medium
  • Attenuation                75-80%
  • Temp. Range             68-75°F (20-24°C)


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The Grainfather has arrived!

The Grainfather is here!  An affordable all-in-one all-electric all-grain brewing system.  Click on the image for more info.

Homecrafted is proud to announce we now offer The Grainfather electric all-grain brewing system.

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The Grainfather is your all in one brewing system to make beer from grain. The sleek look, user friendly design, and innovative features, make this your perfect brewing companion for both new and experienced all grain brewers.

Into distilling? Simply attach the alembic pot still attachments, and you can distill from grain too.

Included in the price:

• 304 grade stainless steel superior body, with 8 US Gal (30 L) capacity

• Expandable grain basket to suit grain bills up to 9kg

• A robust magnetic drive pump (6 watt, 1800 RPM) and wort recirculation pipe with insulated handle, ensuring consistent tempratures throughout the mash and maximising efficiencies

• Pump filter to keep hops and stray grain in the boiler, and your wort clear and bright

• Counter Flow Wort Chiller with copper inner coil, cooling your wort to <68°F within 20mins

• Toughened plastic control box and display screen, giving you total tempetature and pump control. Dial in the exact temperature for your mash, allowing both step mashing and single temperature mashing with very fast ramp up between steps

• Dual heating element (1600 watt and 600 watt elements) allowing you to switch between heating quickly to a vigorous boil and maintaining a stable temperature

• Tempered glass lid for maximum durability, heating efficiencies and visibility during your brewday

• Top and bottom mesh screens for your grain basket, allowing even distribution of your sparge water and ensuring no grain enters the boiler

• Clips to easily convert your Grainfather into a home distillery with the alembic pot still setup

• 1 year full product warranty

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Wyeast Q3 Private Collection

Wyeast private collection for this quarter: Wyeast 3031-PC Saison-Brett Blend, Wyeast 3725-PC Biere de Garde and Wyeast 3726-PC Farmhouse Ale.

3 Interesting Yeast Strains:

Wyeast 3031-PC Saison-Brett Blend™

Beer Styles: Saison, Belgian Specialty Ales, American-style Sour & Wild Beer, Strong Golden Ale

Profile: A blend of Saison yeast and Brettanomyces creates a dry and complex ale. Classic earthy and spicy farmhouse character meets tropical and stone fruit esters; aging brings elevated Brett flavor. Expect high attenuation with this blend.

Alc. Tolerance          12% ABV

Flocculation              low

Attenuation               80-90%

Temp. Range             65-80°F (18-27°C)

Wyeast 3725-PC Biere de Garde™

Beer Styles: Saison, Biere de Garde, Belgian Blonde Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Profile: Low to moderate ester production with subtle spiciness. Malty and full on the palate with initial sweetness. Finishes dry and slightly tart. Ferments well with no sluggishness.

Alc. Tolerance           12% ABV

Flocculation               low

Attenuation                74-79%

Temp. Range             70-84°F (21-29°C)

Wyeast 3726-PC Farmhouse Ale™

Beer Styles: Saison, Biere de Garde, Belgian Blonde Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Profile: This strain produces complex esters balanced with earthy/spicy notes. Slightly tart and dry with a peppery finish. A perfect strain for farmhouse ales and saisons..

Alc. Tolerance           12% ABV

Flocculation               medium

Attenuation                74-79%

Temp. Range             70-84°F (21-29°C)


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New Grains and Bulk Grains

Homecrafted has added several malts to our inventory and expanded our bulk malt selection.

We now offer Crisp Best (Pale Ale) malt in 55 pound sacks and we have added some of their specialty malts such as Pale Chocolate and Brown Malt.

Our Weyermann Malt selection has increased dramatically!  We now off the Caraffa Specials(1,2&3) malts by the pound as well as their Beechwood smoked malt, Munich (1&2)  and Wheats(dark and light).  For bulk, we have their Vienna, Pilsner and Pale Ale.

Briess ceased production of their 6-row malt so we are replacing it with Rahr.  Rahr is American malster that is family owned since 1847.  It’s also less expensive than Briess.  Rahr 6-row is available by the pound and in bulk sacks.

You now have over 70 grains to choose from right here in your local store!  As always, if there’s something you would like us to carry, please let us know.

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1 Gallon Wine Kits

1 gallon wine kitAre you interested in making wine but don’t want to spend big money for a 6 gallon ingredients kit?  Try these one gallon kits from Winexpert.  These include all the ingredients you need to make 1 gallon, about 5 bottles, of great wine.  Choose from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Moscato!