It's hard to believe... it's "Holiday" Season again. Already! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa, or another sacred season, I wish you the best now and for the coming year.
Often, we mark these special times by giving and receiving gifts. If you have someone who's thinking of trying home winemaking or home brewing, here are some ideas for someone who's just starting. Or maybe even grab a little something for yourself ;-).
I'll be adding items in the coming weeks as new and cool things come along.
A conical fermentation container does the same thing as traditional carboy: it provides a space for the wine, cider, or beer to ferment.
After fermentation ceases, the yeast and any other ingredients gradually settle to the bottom of the container in a process that's often called "clearing." A conical fermenter like Brew Demon offers two benefits: First, all of the sediment clears down into the small point of the cone, and it has the spigot mounted above the point of the cone. Second, this means that, once the clearing has occurred, you can drain the container without stirring up the sediment, thus you'll have clearer wine or beer sooner. Less work than siphoning and fewer messes.
Bottom line, it makes the process a little more convenient. If you're thinking of trying a conical fermenter, Brew Demon is reasonably priced; if it's not your thing, you can move on. If you want to go to the next level, it's there waiting for you!
Getting started with home brewing or winemaking can be a little daunting because you need some essential equipment. If you aren't sure what all to buy, it can be a frustrating adventure. Monster Brew's Complete Beer Equipment Kit has everything bundled together you'll need to get started with your first batch. This will work for wine or beer.
One of the "dump-and-go" pioneers of the home brewing industry is Mr. Beer. OK, "dump and go" might not sound so glamourus - my term - but Mr. Beer's method is so easy you'll wonder why you haven't tried it before. It really is that easy: sanitize the fermenter, put the beer mix in the container, add water, and about 14 days later, you have beer. Everything you need in one box. Pretty cool, eh? The Gold Edition Craft Kit is a good starter, and Mr. Beer has lots of refills. One of them is the St. Patrick's Day Stout refill. If you're not into stout, there's something for almost any taste. Put one of these under the Christmas tree this year.