Yeast energizer vs yeast nutrient

When you first get into making alcoholic beverages, the amount of information can be overwhelming. I want to clarify one group of additives that pop up from time to time, especially when making alternative kinds of wine. Yeast nutrients are a source of nitrogen (from diammonium phosphate and urea) added at the beginning of brewing […]

Sourdough Starter for Beginners

Sourdough is not only delicious, but it’s essential for certain grains like rye that don’t have the right proteins to rise with baker’s yeast. Before the slow, lagering process for beer was developed, bakers would often get their yeast from brewers, who were essentially left with a starter after brewing. This wild brewers yeast would help […]

Brewing Beer 101

Brewing is like a lot of hobbies. It can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be; from all-encompassing kits to full grain brews. From the simplest syrups to the most exotic grains. From everyday stove top pots to mammoth brew pots. Never be intimidated by the brewing process. Every brew is […]

How to Make Wine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Fermentation and Flavouring At the beginning, you can add a clay called bentonite that will bond to positively charged proteins for increased clarity and decreased aromas. The negatively-charged bentonite will ride the CO2 bubbles created by the yeast, collecting proteins along the way. Once the bonded molecule reaches the top and the bubble […]

Brewing: Yeast Starter

Yeasts are living organisms and react to their environment based on various conditions (e.g. temperature, nutrients, chemicals). You want your yeast to populate the wort as quickly as possible to prevent other organisms from taking over. By preparing a yeast starter, you give your brewing yeast a legs up on the competition and save money […]