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Making The Most Of Your Treasure - Wine Storage Tips

Wine has been set apart from the other beverages consumed by humans, rather like the gods and goddesses themselves were set apart from mere mortals in their aerie on Mount Olympus, since the first flagon of grape was allowed to ferment. Wine has had a role to play in religious ceremonies form the time of the ancient Greeks to the Christian rituals of today, and when it is released from its bottle like a genie, wine has almost the same effect.

Yet wine, for all its mystery, requires some rather mundane care. Wine which is not to be consumed immediately needs to be sorted, and its proper storage has certain rituals of its own. For those uninitiated into those rituals, wine storage tips might prove helpful.

Although many people love to store their wine in plain sight of the envious eyes of their visitors, or because the shade of the burgundy exactly matches the roses on Grandmother's china, the first of the wine storage tips is that wine should be stored away from light and heat. If you're not going to be drinking the lovely burgundy within a few weeks, put it back in the wine storage rack in a dark cool part of the house.

Watching The Humidity

And while you're putting it back, check the humidity in your main wine storage area. The second of the wine storage tips is that you don't want the humidity to drop to a level at which the bottle corks will begin to dry out and shrink. If they do, air will gat into the bottle s and the wine will eventually deteriorate.

Storing Leftover Wine

Another of the more useful wine storage tips regards what you should do after the party with the wine in your half-empty bottles. Feeding it to the kitchen sink hardly seems justified; if you can find the cork and it still fits, just replace it and make sure to finish the wine in the next couple of days.

Nitrogen Sealing

But if you've had as much wine as you can take for a while, and you can find one, get yourself a nitrogen wine storage unit. It has a cylinder of nitrogen attached to a hose, and the hose is fitted to the bottle of leftover wine, pressurizing it with nitrogen gas so that the wine is protected from oxygen in the air. Oxygen will destroy the wine's magical properties, but nitrogen will leave them intact.

The final, and most obvious, of the wine storage tips, is to forego the entire storage process and drink the wine as soon as you bring it home. That's why you bought it!


American Home Brewing 101

At first, home beer brewing was illegal in America, before the laws changed and made America one of the top producing beer countries on the 90's... and now we see the decline once again with the tough economic times forcing many companies out of business and into bankruptcy. This has of course led to more and more people drinking to drown their sorrows, so to speak, but many more are actually turning this lust for beer into a productive past time by starting their own home brewery... and what a way to go!

Now we all know that back way way in the olden days, home beer brewing was a major and accepted pastime practiced by the colonial people. One thing you might not know that even famous people such as the Great George Washington was an avid home beer brewer, as was Thomas Jefferson and friends!

However, there was a time of prohibition that was devastating to the American population. Prohibition meant that it was illegal to brew your own beer, and heavy fines where placed on people who broke this law... and what a shame that was... some people even went to prison for having a home brewery! Can you imagine a life without beer? Everybody had to content with a watered down lifeless beer - well not really beer but something which was a very poor substitute for it. Nothing substantially alcoholic was allowed and few took efforts in making their drinks less alcoholic but tasty. Unfortunately the American people had to suffice and deal with prohibition. This then led to shop owners renaming all equipment so it couldn't be associated with running home brewery and started selling it on the sly to hardcore supporters of brewing beer at home. This was quiet easy because the equipment is fairly standard, including buckets, hosing, pots, pans, and other tidbits. The situation varied from state to state. In some states, only those selling home brews were caught while in some, brewing for personal consumption also meant facing legal charges. Good thing those laws have been since relaxed and prohibition has truly been and gone!

Before beer was allowed to be brewed at home, a change in law allowed people to make their own wine at home, but now people had to obtain a permit to brew beer at home... strange but true. Even though there were strict regulations, this breath of fresh air was welcomed by the home beer brewing community. One off this first home beer brewers was Charlie Papazian, and he took it to himself to start teaching others how to brew their own beer at home... it was tough going as for those that didn't have a permit it was illegal, but Charlie kept the dream alive.

But thankfully, in 1978, Jimmy Carter rescued the doomed souls of beer loving Americans and signed Senate Amendment 3534 allowing households to brew their own beer as long as they don't go beyond 200 gallons a year. After the lifting of the prohibition on alcoholic beverages, it was home brew beer enthusiasts who worked hard to revive the brewing industry. Today, there are over 1,463 breweries in the United States, a much improved American home brewing state.


What You Need To Know About Homebrew Recipes

Just as a painter mixes 2 colours or more to create a masterpiece, you as a home brewer mix 2 or more flavors to create an award winning beer... and all this starts with the right homebrew recipes. For example, when mixing yellow and blue colours, you know that the outcome will be green, and the intensity will depend on how much yellow or blue you add... the same process applies for home beer brewing, the only difference is that you are using water, hops, malt, and other crucial ingredients.

The process off creating your own homebrew recipes is actually quiet simple once you get the hang of it, you first choose your favorite commercial beer, learn how to clone it, and then change it to make it your own unique blend. Some great improvisations include chocolate beer, chili beer, garlic beer, cinamon beer, cherry beer, and many other interesting and tasty (sometimes not so tasty) homebrew recipes.

These discussions are fine and you would learn a lot from them especially from those who have been developing home made beer for years. These are also very helpful to beginners who are presently relying on their beer making kits with little leeway for experimentation. However, it is much more interesting if you are the one sharing your homebrew recipes. To be able to do that, you have to be daring. And of course, you have to have strong taste buds. You cannot hire a taster who would be willing to puke his guts out every time you make a mistake. Besides, it is your concept of a perfect drink that is at stake here.

To be able to make your own recipe, you have to log all the things you do every time you brew. There are times when you roast the barley malt a minute longer and you think it is not significant you don't bother to log it. But then the outcome would happen to be the brew you have desired to achieve. And you replicate everything you did except for that extra minute. You'll never get the same taste again. This had happened to many home brew bloggers. They forget how they got a really good blend because they just pour in ingredients without bothering to take note of them. But it's like a one in a million thing with all the possible ratios of ingredients, the different temperatures, the extent of brewing, and a lot more gazillion factors in brewing your beer. Because of this, sometimes, brewers list the brewing log as among the important things that a home brewer must have. It even is prioritized in the list more than the spoon and the funnel.

Trial and error is the name of the game when it comes to creating the best homebrew recipes known to man-kind, so put your experimental hat on and get to work in your home brewery today!


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