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Our partial-mash (grains plus extract) house recipe is for a five (5) gallon batch of beer. Our beer ingredient kits include yeast, hops, select grains/malts, a muslin grain/hop sack and directions. We make the kit up fresh when it is ordered. Perfect for the beginning, intermediate and budget conscious brewer. Click here for more information and a list of seasonal kits.

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The Big Brew

bbThe Big Brew on May 6 was a success even though we had the university's graduation and Wisconsin's fishing opener that same day. During the course of the day we had 45 people show up and participate. Four batches of beer were made. One all grain in my Grainfather electric brewing system, one partial mash, one all grain batch on a burner, and one wort boil. Hopefully in a few weeks we will find out how those turned out.

The weather cooperated and it was a beautiful spring day. It was warm-ish and sunny as you may notice in the images - some had jackets while others were in shorts.

I want to thank those individuals who found our event on the AHA's (American Homebrer's Association) site and made the effort to come celebrate the Big Brew with us. A thank you to the community members and the curious who stopped by and shared in the event's celebration. And finally a special THANK YOU to the Menomonie Homebrewers who made sure questions were answered, people welcomed and lunch was shared.

Side note: Homebrewing was not nationally legalized until long after prohibition. In 1978, then President Jimmy Carter, signed a bill legalizing homebrewing. Before then, homebrewers could not legally make beer or buy ingredients from the malting houses because of federal regulations. According to the NCSL a brewer and/or winemaker can annually make 100 gallons for an individual or 200 gallons for a family. Home winemaking has a long tradition, and except during prohibition has been legal to make as long as it is not sold.

I Get Asked

Winemakers often ask me, "Why do you have so much for beer making and less for wine in your store?" A valid question - homebrewers need to buy more stuff. Why? For thousands of years wines could and have been made from almost everything organic. Ingedients, other than specialty additives can be found locally in gardens, in the wild, and in grocery stores. Home beer making needs malted grains, hops, and yeasts to make their brew, that's what beer is. Today, it is possible to buy malted grains from maltsters to make beer. Hops are now available in small personal quantities from growers, and there are a plethora of brewing yeasts available for almost every style of beer imaginable. That is why there are more things for making beer here at Beverage Artisan - brewers need to buy more INGREDIENTS than winemakers. Thanks for asking.

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