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Announcing the 2017 Special Grain Buy!

The Homebrew Emporium will once again be organizing a bulk grain purchase on behalf of our customers. To participate, call or stop in to your local Homebrew Emporium.   We are accepting orders through Sunday, August 27th  and you will be able to pickup the grain Sunday September 10th, probably even sooner.  We will contact[…]

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Road Trip to Table 41 Brewing

Bobby Belleard, head brewer at Table 41, gave me directions to see where he and partner Giorgio are serving beer this summer, from May until October. They are at Lanthier’s Grove, in Clifton Park. Never having been there the address 4 Dunsbach Ferry Rd, Cohoes, NY was punched into my GPS and I was off. Lanthier’s[…]

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Mustard: The seed, the condiment and the chemistry

Mustard ranks with plants that please us by irritating us and causing pain. They deliver volatile, pungent chemicals that begin in the food and travels through the air to irritate mouth and nasal passages.  Mustard, along with cousins’ horseradish and wasabi, are part of the cabbage family. Mustard is one of the most popular and[…]

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Brookview Station Winery / Goold Orchards

Brookview Station Winery 1297 Brookview Station Road Castleton, NY 12033 (518) 732-7317   OR   1-88-TO-UNCORK Brookview Station Winery – Joe Daddy Hard Cider produces and bottles wines and ciders just 10 minutes from downtown Albany in Castleton NY.  Stop by the tasting room, Joe Daddy’s Hard Cider is on tap. Their hand crafted hard cider is[…]

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Road Trip to North River Hops and Brewery (NRHB)

Russ and I went on a road trip last week. Our visit included a stop at Brewmation in Fishkill and a stop at North River Hops and Brewery (NRHB) a few miles away in Wappingers Falls. NRHB uses a 2 barrel Brewmation brewing system so we wanted to talk with them. http://www.northriverbrews.com/home We got there[…]

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Dandelions are coming! Dandelions are coming! It’s time to make Dandelion Wine.

I read Dandelion Wine as a kid, 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury. It takes place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois.  The title refers to a wine made with dandelion petals and other ingredients, commonly citrus fruit. Dandelion wine is made by the protagonist’s grandfather, and serves as a metaphor for packing all of the joys of summer into a[…]

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Homebrew Emporium now has kimchi making kits!

Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine, a national dish of both North and South Korea. It is a traditional banchan (side dish) made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly Napa cabbages and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlics, ginger, and salted seafood among others. I’ve loved kimchi[…]