The Great Brewing America Hydrometer Test Kit Giveaway Results…

The Great Brewing America Hydrometer Test Kit Giveaway Results…

The Great Brewing America Hydrometer Test Kit Giveaway Results…

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Beer-N-BBQ by Larry Demonstrates the Brewing America Hydrometer Test Kit

Hi Folks… Beer-N-BBQ by Larry did it again and made an outstanding video on the Grainfather and also at 38 minutes in, he demonstrated the Brewing America Hydrometer Test kit. I found out today watching his latest video and was pleasantly surprised! I have been watching his videos well before Brewing America was born and have learned something every time. https://youtu.be/Zx6in-qaSVM

0:35 – Opening statement & what to expect. 2:38 – The night before; using the delayed heat function for the sparge water.

4:09 – Brew day begins; prepping & storing the sparge water for later use. 4:40 – Starting to brew, crushing the grain, & mash-in.

5:17 – Chatting with Chad while discussing a variety of topics including recipe formulation and the pros/cons of brewing software.

13:30 – Sampling the American Amber Ale from the first Grainfather run, talking about hops, & the NE IPA style discussion.

26:05 – Mash out, hooking up the hop spider for first wort hopping, and fly (continuous) sparging.

36:00 – The boil

38:20 – Using the new hydrometer kit from Brewing America

41:40 – The hop stand 44:43 – Chilling & racking with the counterflow chiller

46:14 – Aeration, yeast pitching, adding the airlock

46:39 – Final thoughts, tasting the unfermented beer, and the results/effects of testing/using the Graincoat.

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Here it is again folks! We are doing our “Great Brewing America Hydrometer Kit Giveaway!” Enter to win one of FIVE Kits at the link below…

Here it is again folks! We are doing our “Great Brewing America Hydrometer Kit Giveaway!” Enter to win one of FIVE Kits at the link below…

Here it is again folks! We are doing our “Great Brewing America Hydrometer Kit Giveaway!” Enter to win one of FIVE Kits at the link below…

The drawing will be on March 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. PST.

Good Luck!

https://www.brewingamerica.com/giveaways/brewing-america-giveaway-of-our-hydrometer-test-kit-combo-2/

Features:

Hydrometer Alcohol Test Kit: ABV Tester & Borosilicate Glass Test Tube Jar

Product features

  • 🍷 COMBO KIT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR: Triple Scale Hydrometer & Test Jar Combo – with Cylinder Brush – Specific Gravity Alcohol ABV Tester and Glass Test Tube Engineered Beaker – for Wine, Beer, Cider, Mead, Sake and Kombucha – Homebrew Fermented Beverages Borosilicate Cylinder
  • 🍺 WE CARE: We care about you and the environment. We personally inspect each piece before shipping, wrapping it ourselves in our microfiber cloth. Our products are responsibly made from recycled materials (glass and paper) that are non-toxic. They are safe for the environment and are easy to clean and re-use. We brew too and are here to answer your questions or concerns. Check out our full line of products on Amazon!
  • 🍷 EVERYTHING YOU NEED: What’s included: One Triple Scale Hydrometer, One Glass Test Tube Jar, One sturdy Bottle Brush made of STAINLESS STEEL designed specifically for our very narrow test jar, One sturdy hydrometer box and one STURDY outer box, which will help you stay organized and is also easy to wrap for gifting. We also include one microfiber cloth and our 2- page direction sheet with a conversion chart.
  • 🍺 BREW YOUR BEST BREW EVERYTIME: Use the highest quality homebrewers kit to help you brew up your best batch yet! We are homebrewers too and love offering the highest quality tools to help you succeed in making the tastiest brew ever. We designed our Brewing America TRIPLE SCALE Hydrometer to be easier to read with the color spectrums of home brews. And we designed our GLASS Test Tube Jar to be the highest quality with thick and sturdy lab-grade borosilicate glass that has a low expansion rate.
  • 🍷 WASTE LESS PRECIOUS BREW! We designed our glass test jar to use less liquid (wort or must) to conduct your hydrometer tests. Only use about 125ml instead of 250ml as most others sold. Waste less, drink (or share) more! SOLID 1-piece THICK borosilicate (Boro) 3.3 glass jar with a bumper guard. It is STURDY and STABLE. BREWERS Prefer Glass Test Jars: We all know sanitization is key to making great brews. And distillers need to use glass, not plastic. The Brewing America Test Jar is CLEAR.

Product description

Brewing America Glass Hydrometer Test Jar Tube:

1. Redesigned to use less wort or must (about half).
2. Strong, extra thick borosilicate ( boro 3.3 ) glass with a protection ring.
3. It is tall enough to get the best readings.
4. Clear glass to read from the outside of the jar.

Brewing America Triple Scale Hydrometer:

1. Redesigned. Requires less effort to read. No ridiculous dark colors to compare the readings against.
2. Colors tested with a focus group of brewers for brewers!
3. Triple Scale: Specific Gravity (0.982 – 1.160), Brix/Balling tool (0-35), Potential Alcohol (0%-21%).
4. No lead or mercury which means your product and the environment is safe. The hydrometer is made of safe stainless steel balls in the bottom.

Brewing America Stainless Steel Hydrometer Test Jar Cleaning Brush:

1. Custom designed to work perfectly with the Brewing America Hydrometer Test Jar Tube.
2. Thicker handle and thicker bristles to last a lifetime.
3. It is tall enough to get the best and quickest cleaning done with less effort.
4. Quality manufacturing that doesn’t compare to the competition.

WHAT’S INCLUDED – Includes a Genuine Brewing America Glass Hydrometer Test Tube/Jar, Improved Triple Scale Hydrometer, Storage Box, Large Microfiber Cloth for cleaning and wrapping for storage, Instructions with Conversion Table and a Satisfaction Guarantee or we will replace it or refund your purchase!

Hydrometer Alcohol Test Kit: ABV Tester & Borosilicate Glass Test Tube Jar Has ARRIVED!

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Product features:

🍷 COMBO KIT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR: Triple Scale Hydrometer & Test Jar Combo – with Cylinder Brush – Specific Gravity Alcohol ABV Tester and Glass Test Tube Engineered Beaker – for Wine, Beer, Cider, Mead, Sake and Kombucha – Homebrew Fermented Beverages Borosilicate Cylinder
🍺 WE CARE: We care about you and the environment. We personally inspect each piece before shipping, wrapping it ourselves in our microfiber cloth. Our products are responsibly made from recycled materials (glass and paper) that are non-toxic. They are safe for the environment and are easy to clean and re-use. We brew too and are here to answer your questions or concerns. Check out our full line of products on Amazon!
🍷 EVERYTHING YOU NEED: What’s included: One Triple Scale Hydrometer, One Glass Test Tube Jar, One sturdy Bottle Brush made of STAINLESS STEEL designed specifically for our very narrow test jar, One sturdy hydrometer box and one STURDY outer box, which will help you stay organized and is also easy to wrap for gifting. We also include one microfiber cloth and our 2- page direction sheet with a conversion chart.
🍺 BREW YOUR BEST BREW EVERYTIME: Use the highest quality homebrewers kit to help you brew up your best batch yet! We are homebrewers too and love offering the highest quality tools to help you succeed in making the tastiest brew ever. We designed our Brewing America TRIPLE SCALE Hydrometer to be easier to read with the color spectrums of home brews. And we designed our GLASS Test Tube Jar to be the highest quality with thick and sturdy lab-grade borosilicate glass that has a low expansion rate.
🍷 WASTE LESS PRECIOUS BREW! We designed our glass test jar to use less liquid (wort or must) to conduct your hydrometer tests. Only use about 125ml instead of 250ml as most others sold. Waste less, drink (or share) more! SOLID 1-piece THICK borosilicate (Boro) 3.3 glass jar with a bumper guard. It is STURDY and STABLE. BREWERS Prefer Glass Test Jars: We all know sanitization is key to making great brews. And distillers need to use glass, not plastic. The Brewing America Test Jar is CLEAR & EASY

Product description:

Brewing America Glass Hydrometer Test Jar Tube:

1. Redesigned to use less wort or must (about half).
2. Strong, extra thick borosilicate ( boro 3.3 ) glass with a protection ring.
3. It is tall enough to get the best readings.
4. Clear glass to read from the outside of the jar.

Brewing America Triple Scale Hydrometer:

1. Redesigned. Requires less effort to read. No ridiculous dark colors to compare the readings against.
2. Colors tested with a focus group of brewers for brewers!
3. Triple Scale: Specific Gravity (0.982 – 1.160), Brix/Balling tool (0-35), Potential Alcohol (0%-21%).
4. No lead or mercury which means your product and the environment is safe. The hydrometer is made of safe stainless steel balls in the bottom.

Brewing America Stainless Steel Hydrometer Test Jar Cleaning Brush:

1. Custom designed to work perfectly with the Brewing America Hydrometer Test Jar Tube.
2. Thicker handle and thicker bristles to last a lifetime.
3. It is tall enough to get the best and quickest cleaning done with less effort.
4. Quality manufacturing that doesn’t compare to the competition.

WHAT’S INCLUDED – Includes a Genuine Brewing America Glass Hydrometer Test Tube/Jar, Improved Triple Scale Hydrometer, Storage Box, Large Microfiber Cloth for cleaning and wrapping for storage, Instructions with Conversion Table and a Satisfaction Guarantee or we will replace it or refund your purchase!

Lemon Berry Wine Recipe

Lemon Berry Wine Recipe

Lemon Berry Wine
(a.k.a. Dragon’s Blood Wine)

I found this recipe online and modified it to suit my taste. The best part is that you can modify it as well and make it better for you!

I owe it to Danger Dave from coming up with his Dragons Blood Wine that I call it Lemon Berry Wine. This is a variation of this recipe and I have added more fruit and sugar to build a stronger taste.

Danger Dave deserves all the credit for the initial work on this recipe but unfortunately, I could not find a link to credit him since the forum page is no longer valid. Most of this writing is his work and it is an amazing recipe! Way to go Danger Dave!

The recipe is formatted for a six (6) gallon batch. To make a larger or smaller batch, simply do the math. Doubling the batch to twelve gallons would require twice the listed ingredients while making a three-gallon batch would only take half.

READ THROUGH THESE STEPS COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING, TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO FINISH YOUR WINE.

Always make sure anything that touches your wine is both cleaned and sanitized and record everything you do!

This is a sweet-tart fruity “blush” wine made from raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries with a lemon twist (if desired). It ferments quickly and clears fast. Batches of this wine have been cleared and bottled in less than two weeks (your experience may vary).

Step 1: To a cleaned and sanitized seven gallon (or larger) primary, add—in this order:

1 bottle (32 or 48 oz each) 100% Lemon Juice (ReaLemon or Walmart brand works well too.) I use both brands depending what I can find. The difference is very little with taste.

More or less lemon juice can be added to your taste, (i.e., if you want to reduce the acid level use less lemon juice). The acid added here will help balance the final wine. Substitutes include any other kind of citrus juice (orange, lime, etc.), or use no citrus at all for a very soft, supple blush.

Add water to about three gallons and then add 10 pounds of white granulated sugar. Leave some room for the fruit. This will give you a finished alcohol by volume of about 10%-12%): Add more/less sugar for high/lower desired final ABV. Stir sugar until completely dissolved.

1 tsp. tannin (stir)
3 tsp. yeast nutrient (stir)
1 tsp. yeast energizer (stir)
3 tsp. pectic enzyme (stir)

The natural sugars from the fruit (below) will slightly increase the final ABV, so be careful how high you drive up the SG at this point!

Add 6 to 12 lbs. (I add 12 pounds) of Triple Berry Blend (raspberry/blackberry/blueberry–available in most grocery store freezer sections), frozen then thawed, in a fine mesh nylon bag (tied shut), placed in primary (add any extra juice from the fruit as well): Give the bag a couple of squeezes to work in pectic enzyme. You may also toss the fruit directly into primary, but this makes for a “messier” fermentation and subsequently will require more clearing time and further racking. Dozens of variations on this recipe have been created by simply substituting different or combinations of different fruit.

Note: I use 12 pounds because it adds body to your wine and I use frozen fruit because thawed fruit is messy.

Top the water to six to seven gallons and stir well. I target a finish amount of 6.5 gallons. The fruit bag will reduce in size as it breaks down.

Test SG with a hydrometer (remember, you are looking for an SG around 1.075 and higher).

Cover primary:

Option 1: Do not snap down the lid or add an airlock. Cover the lid with a cloth or towel.

Option 2: I use the lid with an airlock because I don’t take any chances with bugs. Always comes out wonderful! Just be sure to press the fruit and stir the must every day.

Place brew belt (if desired): Keep temp in 68F-80F range. A higher temp will result in a faster fermentation, and a sharper tasting, more colorful wine. A lower temp will produce a paler blush with fruitier aroma and a smoother taste. Let sit undisturbed for 12-24 hours…

Step 2: To the primary fermenter, add:

1 to 2 packets of EC-1118 Yeast (follow yeast manufacturer’s directions): Sprinkle yeast into one cup of warm water (100F), let sit for 15 minutes (no longer), stir and add to primary. Other yeast strains also work well.

Experiment! Stir Primary Vigorously! (I use 2 packets if I add extra sugar up to 15 pounds to be sure that it fully ferments in primary stage).

Step 3: Each day, do the following, in this order:

Uncover primary
Check and record temperature
Check and record specific gravity
Squeeze juices from fruit pack into fermenter and remove fruit pack (The
Presser Method): Temporarily place in sanitized bucket or bowl.
Stir primary vigorously: To introduce oxygen into must, suspend the yeast, and drive off CO2.
Replace fruit pack in primary
Cover primary
(Tip: I just squeeze the bag and pull it out above the bucket when I am stirring.)

Step 4: When the SG drops to <1.000, do the following:

Squeeze juices from fruit pack into fermenter—remove fruit pack: Discard fruit.

Note: When the specific gravity (SG) has fallen below 1.000, and the fruit bag has been removed, discontinue stirring daily but check the SG and temp daily as before. Proceed from here only when the wine’s SG has stabilized below 1.000. A stable SG means that the SG for three consecutive days reveals no change in the SG.

Uncover primary
Rack (siphon or drain) the wine into a cleaned and sanitized six-gallon carboy, leaving the gross lees (the stuff in the bottom of the primary) undisturbed.
Add 1/4 tsp. Potassium Metabisulfite (dissolved in half cup cool water) and stir
Add 3 tsp. Potassium Sorbate (dissolved in half cup cool water) and stir
Degas wine very thoroughly: I cannot emphasize this enough! Gas in the wine will prevent it from clearing quickly.
Add Sparkolloid* (or another clearing agent) per package directions (stir for 2 minutes): *1 tbs in one cup of water simmered (boiled) for about 5-10 minutes. Add hot mixture directly to carboy and stir. I use Sparkolloid for all my wine brews now. It is an excellent product! If the carboy is not full, add enough cool water to bring the level within two inches of the top opening: Adding a like wine rather than water is preferred. A cheap white zinfandel will work well.
Add a bung and airlock (filled halfway with sulfite solution or sanitizer mixed water).
Allow clearing undisturbed for no less than 1 week

Step 5: When wine is clear:

Carefully rack off one gallon of wine into a cleaned and sanitized container, and set aside.
Carefully rack the remainder of the wine off of the lees into a cleaned & sanitized six-gallon carboy.
Add 2-6 cups of white granulated sugar (stir until sugar is completely dissolved): This is where your personal taste comes in. Different people like different levels of sweetness in their wine.
My DB is made with ¾ of a cup of sugar per gallon. Remember! The sugars will blend with the lemon and berry flavors over time, and the sweetness will come forward. Do not over sweeten! I found that it is very important to add a little and then taste it. It should be a little dry because the sugar blends with the flavors and it becomes sweeter over time. If carboy is not full, top up within two inches of top of carboy opening with some of the spare gallon of wine. Replace bung and airlock and allow wine to sit quietly for another week.

Step 6: If the wine is completely clear:

Filter if desired
Bottle in clear bottles (because it’s beautiful)
Note: Never bottle cloudy wine! NEVER!
Enjoy! This wine is great right from the start! It will, however, improve over time in the bottle.

The first few weeks brings a noticeable improvement as the flavors blend and meld, while months will make it smooth and delightful. Be warned, though, it will go quickly. So, get some more going, fast!

SO MANY VARIATIONS!

Any kind of fruit you can imagine may be substituted for the triple berries in the above recipe.
Use the exact same procedure, just use different fruit in the bag. I personally have made blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, and a delightful tropical blend using pineapple/mango/peach/strawberry. Other winemakers have had success with a quad-berry blend (blueberry/blackberry/raspberry/strawberry), a tropical blend using pineapple juice instead of lemon, and even cherry-lime (with lime juice). Fruit purees and fruit wine bases abound on the market. Try oak and/or raisins in the primary or secondary. The list of possibilities is endless.

Use your imagination. Pick your favorite fruit, and make a Dragon Blood version of your own.

Try raisins, spices, oak, or extracts. Give it a catchy name, and make this recipe yours!

A NOTE ON THE “PRESSER METHOD” (From DangerDave)

I developed this method of wine making simply out of necessity. My desire was to make country fruit wine, but I lacked good available juice, and I do not own a press. The solution was to add the fruit to the primary in a bag of some sort. I use fine mesh nylon bags sold by most wine supply vendors. A cheaper disposable substitute is knee-high lady’s nylon stockings. While the fruit is in the primary—in the bag—simply squeeze the bag each day and stir the juices into the must, replacing the bag afterward. Needless to say, make sure your hands are clean when doing this. When the wine is dry, remove the bag and discard the fruit. This method slowly introduces the juice into the must during fermentation rather than all at the beginning. This also gives the skins of the fruit extended contact with the fruit pectin and yeast, elevating the flavors to a remarkable level in a very short time.

New Photos of the Brewing America Hydrometer Test Jar

NEW PHOTOS! We are getting closer to launching the perfect size Hydrometer Test Jar. Made by brewers for brewers! We took all the hydrometer test jars on the market and designed our own from scratch.
1. Requires less wort or must (almost half)
2. Strong extra thick boro 3.3 glass with a protection ring.
3. tall enough to get the best readings.
4. Clear glass to read from the outside of the jar.
5. perfect size box to store your test jar and hydrometer in.
Expected launch date is October 15 at an introductory discounted price! Watch our Facebook Page and www.brewingamerica.com for updates