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John LaPolla Dry Hopping Hops How To IPA Pale Ale

Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to fermented, non-carbonated beer. It allows for the hop oils to get into the finished product without adding any bitterness and really accentuates hop aroma. The result will be fresh hop aroma as soon as you pour a glass. IPA’s are always dry hopped and pales ales usually are. Any beer style can be dry hopped if that’s what you want to do, although many styles do not call for it. It’s your beer so it’s up to you! I’ve had dry hopped stouts, kolsch’s, saisons, brown ales, sours and even cider!A...

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How to Make Cider

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How to Make Cider

Making your own hard cider is quite easy (especially compared to beer) and turnaround can be very quick. New York State is known for it’s excellent apples and hard cider is a great way to utilize them. It can also make a perfect gift for the holidays!Here’s what you need to make a small batch (one gallon) of cider (all available at our store except juice): One gallon of apple juice (see below)  Table sugar (optional) Champagne/Wine Yeast Yeast Nutrient One Gallon Glass Jug Sanitizer Campden tablets Airlock and cap Funnel Racking cane Siphon tubing Carbonation Tabs (optional) Bottles (8...

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