The Almanac

Mother of... Vinegar! June 09, 2017 11:22

This mother is open and we are good to go!

Maine Homebrewers Competition - FAQs January 16, 2017 12:17

We start accepting entries for this year's competition in less than two weeks! Here are a few of the more commonly asked questions about the competition...

Homebrewers' Gift Buying Guide October 27, 2016 12:45

Hey, Farmhands! It has been a while since we posted a blog here. We have just been busy with other stuff. How have you been? Good? Good.

Well, this got weird.

By now, I am sure we have all realized the holidays are fast approaching. Every year, we get many shoppers who need more than a little help finding the right gift. And now we have a way to help! Attached to this blog is a downloadable form for you to fill out and give to your friends, relatives, and loved ones so they can easily find the right beer kit, wine kit, or piece of equipment for you. There is also a handy spot to check "Please just get me a gift certificate."

Print one, or two, or fifty and hand them out to everyone who MIGHT get you a gift this year. Or keep some handy as your birthday approaches. Or Flag Day. Or anytime! (Can Flag Day beer kits become a tradition? Please?)


Keg o’… Part Deux! April 27, 2016 10:11

Last week, in the blurb on the pros and cons of kegging your homebrew, I touched on and then quickly ran away from the idea of kegging wine. It’s time to complete that thought...

Dandelion Wine: You've Had Worse Ideas April 12, 2016 14:25 1 Comment

Ah, spring seems like it is finally, for lack of a better term, springing. Before you know it, we will be overflowing with fermentable plants: fruits, vegetables, berries, and even flowers that we can turn into tasty beverages by way of beer, wine, cider, mead, or any other combination. Among the first of these harvestable additives is the humble dandelion...


Watch that Temper(ature)! March 29, 2016 08:00 2 Comments

When it comes to fermentation, whether it is beer, wine, cider, sauerkraut, or whatever, there is a long list of things you should do, and a very short list of things you have to do – a holy trinity of sorts...