Northampton Homebrew Supply Blog

By Mark Larrow

Festive Holiday Brews and Forgotten Drinks

One part of the history of Christmas beers began in Great Britain, where house to house carolers and well-wishers were treated to a drink of Wassail, the name of which comes from the Welsh and Anglo-Saxon “waes hael” (be well). It was a mixture of hot ale, nutmeg,...

Beer, Pilgrims & Thanksgiving

We celebrate Thanksgiving this month, and it is interesting to learn how beer played a role in this favorite of holidays. The English settlers were beer drinking people, as wine was affordable mostly to the aristocracy, who imported it from Europe. While they were...

Recipe for wine from New England grapes.

Recipe to make one gallon of wine from local New England grapes like Concord: 6 lbs, fresh grapes 3.25 cups white sugar 5 pints of water 1 tsp. Yeast Nutrient 1 package wine yeast for red wine ½ tsp pectic enzyme 1 Campden tablet (crushed) Nylon straining bag or...

Hard Cider Memories

Cider season is upon us, and as always it creates excitement and anticipation, as we New Englanders transition from Summer to Autumn. Although Summer is not technically over, Labor Day weekend usually kicks off the apple fermenting season. I first got into making hard...