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Tired of Scrubbing Tough Bottle Stains?

Tired of Scrubbing Tough Bottle Stains?

Preparing your bottles is not on the list of fun tasks for the wine and beer maker. You do it because you must, but it’s not exactly as gratifying as punching down your must cap or watching your wort boil. Not only is it not a day at the beach, it ca

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If You Love IPA's?

If You Love IPA's?

If you love the IPA, you are not alone. The India Pale Ale (IPA) is a popular style of beer that originated in England in the late 18th century. It has since gone on to become one of the most popular and widely consumed beer styles in the world. The

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Why You Want a Wort Chiller!

Why You Want a Wort Chiller!

As the craft beer industry has grown, so too has the need for advanced brewing equipment. One such piece of equipment is the wort chiller, which is used in the cooling process after your boil. This article will explain how wort chillers work, th

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The Advantages of Malt Extracts!

The Advantages of Malt Extracts!

Liquid malts are created by a process called mashing. This process involves soaking grains (usually barley) in hot water for an extended period of time to convert their starches into sugars. The resulting liquid is then separated from the grains and

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Struggling with Fruit Wines from Fresh Fruit?

Struggling with Fruit Wines from Fresh Fruit?

If you are making fruit wines from fresh fruit, hats off to you! They are more difficult than wines made from grapes with a much larger margin of error. Grapes are the closest thing to being readymade from nature for winemaking. High quality gra

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What Are the Advantages of Synthetic Corks?

What Are the Advantages of Synthetic Corks?

The use of synthetic corks for wine bottles has been steadily increasing over the years. It can be argued that aesthetics and nostalgia are mostly why they have not largely replaced natural corks entirely. They don’t make that bright poppin

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Checking your PH before Fermenting?  You Should!

Checking your PH before Fermenting? You Should!

If you think you’ve taken every precaution, yet you are still getting stuck fermentation and/or spoilage, your problem is probably low acidity. Unlike sugar measurement, acidity is often overlooked. Most home winemakers get introduced to testing for

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Headache? Hydrate!

Headache? Hydrate!

If you get that signature throbbing in your head when you drink alcohol, and it is not from sulfites or amines, there might just be an even simpler explanation: you’re dehydrated! Of course, it is common knowledge that alcohol consumption can cause d

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The First "Wine Kits" Were Covert!

The First "Wine Kits" Were Covert!

The original predecessor of the modern wine kit did not come with juice or any of the additives available today. The instructions also had to be disguised as a warning. If you’re not familiar, meet the stealthy Must Brick!  Must Bricks were a t

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Sulfites: Fact Vs. Fiction Part 2

Sulfites: Fact Vs. Fiction Part 2

Part two of our article on Sulfites will discuss the history of its use in winemaking, its benefits and the pitfalls of omitting them. Part one was premised by a notion of purism in winemaking as a reason to avoid them. Some say that their grandparen

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Sauvignon Blanc Hacks for the Home Winemaker

Sauvignon Blanc Hacks for the Home Winemaker

How do you bring out the best in your Sauvignon Blanc? Some of the most common commercial fermentationtechniques include stainless steel fermentation, barrelfermentation, and wild fermentation. Sauvignon Blanc isknown for its crisp, refreshing f

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Want to Try Craft Beer? Try Making a Red Ale First.

Want to Try Craft Beer? Try Making a Red Ale First.

If you are looking to venture into craft beers, try making a red ale. Red ale is a great transition to craft beers because it has a full-bodied flavor, but it is not too strong and doesn’t have an overly hoppy taste. It has a malty, caramel-like swee

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What Can Beer Flavorings Do for Your Beer? A Lot!

What Can Beer Flavorings Do for Your Beer? A Lot!

All natural beer flavorings can be used as a substitute for actual spices by adding them to your brew during the fermentation process. The flavorings can give your beer a variety of different flavors, such as citrus, hops, and other spices. Thes

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Sulfites: Fact Vs. Fiction Part 1

Sulfites: Fact Vs. Fiction Part 1

The use of sulfites is one of the hottest debates in winemaking. It is such an important topic, it will be addressed in two separate blog posts. Part two will be in your next newsletter. First let’s deal with what sulfites are, where they are found,

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How You Should, and Should Not Clean Your Wine Press.

How You Should, and Should Not Clean Your Wine Press.

Deep in the heart of every wine lover, there is a hidden desire to make your own vintage entirely from scratch. For many, making wine means more than just getting drunk. It’s a labor of love that requires patience, skill and proper technique. And whe

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The Miracle of Modern Beer Yeasts!

The Miracle of Modern Beer Yeasts!

When you make your next batch, you might want to spend a little extra time to make your yeast selection. You have hundreds of engineered beer yeast choices at your disposal, and all of them will leave their unique stamp on your beer! Prior to th

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Love Pinot Noir But Struggle Making It?

Love Pinot Noir But Struggle Making It?

There's a reason Pinot Noir is known as the heartbreak grape. This finicky grape is notoriously difficult to grow and even more difficult to produce into a high-quality wine. But when done right, Pinot Noir can be absolutely stunning. What are some t

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Like Citrusy Beers?

Like Citrusy Beers?

When it comes to beer, there are a variety of different ways you can give your brews citrus flavors. Some of the most common methods include using citrus fruits or citrus zest in the brewing process, as well as adding citrus-based hops to the recipe.

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The Ongoing Battle Against Bacteria In Beer Making

The Ongoing Battle Against Bacteria In Beer Making

If you feel like you're fighting a losing battle to avoid bacterial contamination in your beer making process, you're not alone. Bacteria can thwart your beer at any stage of brewing, from the raw materials to the finished product. Even after your be

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Transform Your Liquor Cabinet!

Transform Your Liquor Cabinet!

If you're looking to add a touch of luxury to your home-made liquor without spending a fortune, then liquor essences are the way to go. By simply adding these essences to your liquor, you can instantly transform it into something that tastes far more

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​Can’t Get Your Moscato Just Right?

​Can’t Get Your Moscato Just Right?

If you love Moscato, you’re not alone. It is a white wine variety that has been enjoyed for centuries. If you still aren't satisfied with your results, there are easy changes you can make to your process that can help. How, and in what you ferment yo

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New to Wine and Beer Making? Try Kits.

New to Wine and Beer Making? Try Kits.

If you’re interested in making beer and wine, but you’re worried about how to start, you’re not alone. From the outside, it can seem very daunting. You might follow social media pages or forums and find nothing an endless stream of contrary informati

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Welcome to the Label Peelers Blog!

Welcome to the Label Peelers Blog!

Welcome to your new blog about home beer and winemaking! We are excited for you to embark on this journey and explore the world of brewing and winemaking together. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned home brewer, this blog is here to help you disco

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Beer Grains: A Quick Overview

Beer Grains: A Quick Overview

You might be thinking about mixing things up for your next batch. Here’s a quick overview of how different grains will affect the body, flavors and colors of your beers. With the growing craft beer industry, brewers are now experimenting with differe

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