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Archive for the ‘Wine & Beer’ Category


Paso Robles Wineries

INTRODUCTION Welcome to Paso Robles, California.  The area is the up and coming wine Mecca of Central California.  If you are looking for a great place to spend a weekend then Paso Robles, California is just for you.  Paso Robles may be in the heart of wine country, but it offers so much more than […]

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Making Wine

History and Technique for Mastering Vinification A Little History Lesson You may or may not know a lot about wine but it’s definitely important to understand the rich history behind wine before you go out and try to make it for yourself. Wine, as you probably know, is an alcoholic beverage, typically made of fermented […]

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How To Make Your Own Scotch

INTRODUCTION You’ve explored the idea of making your own beer and shot down the notion of wine just as soon as it cropped up. Your tastes demand something bolder, richer and stronger. You’re a scotch lover and nothing is going to change that. After all, there is nothing quite like drinking a smooth shot of […]

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Home Brewing

THE HISTORY OF HOME BREWING The process of brewing beer has been around as an art for a millennium. It’s only been recently, however, that practitioners have tried to turn it into an applied science. The oldest American brewery is D.G. Yuengling & Son in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, which has been brewing beer since 1829. Although […]

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Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

Author: Henry Vizetelly Excerpt: I.–THE ORIGIN OF CHAMPAGNE. Strong men, we know, lived before Agamemnon; and strong wine was made in the fair province of Champagne long before the days of the sagacious Dom Perignon, to whom we are indebted for the sparkling vintage known under the now familiar name. The chalky slopes that border […]

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Manual of American Grape-Growing

Author: U.P. Hedrick Excerpt: CHAPTER I THE DOMESTICATION OF THE GRAPE The domestication of an animal or a plant is a milestone in the advance of agriculture and so becomes of interest to every human being. But, more particularly, the materials, the events and the men who direct the work of domestication are of interest […]

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The Art of Making Whiskey

Subtitle: So As to Obtain a Better, Purer, Cheaper and Greater Quantity of Spirit, From a Given Quantity of Grain Author: Anthony Boucherie Excerpt: CHAPTER I. OF SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS, OR SPIRITS. Spirituous liquors are the produce of vinous ones, obtained by the distillation of these last. The art of making wine is of the remotest […]

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The Practical Distiller

Subtitle: An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c. &c. of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, than Produced by the Present Mode of Distilling, from the Produce of the United States Author: Samuel McHarry Excerpt: INTRODUCTION. It is not more than twenty years since whiskey was first offered for sale in the seaport […]

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A Treatise on the Brewing of Beer

Author: E. Hughes Excerpt: A TREATISE. On Waters. Waters differ in their quality, that is to say, in extracting the goodness from the Malt; it is, therefore, very necessary for every one who professes the brewing of Beer, to be well acquainted with the nature and quality of the Water he brews with; for as […]

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A Study of American Beers and Ales

Author: J. Garfield Riley Excerpt: INTRODUCTION. The investigation, the results of which are reported in this bulletin, was undertaken for the purpose of securing information in regard to the composition of brewery products made in this country. The main object of this investigation was to find, if possible, a means of distinguishing beers and ales […]

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