A Sense of Wine

A Sense of Wine is Wine Sense's journal of new products, techniques and behind the scenes info for those who love to make wine. The authors are the Wine Sense staff. You will be familiar with them as the friendly faces that serve you whenever you stop by one of the stores. Join us as we share our insights on new procucts, advice and our experiences. Please feel free to comment on any posts- we look forward to your input!

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The Best Beer You Can Brew!

November 26, 2013

Do you drink beer? There have been huge strides in increasing the quality of beer kits, and now with our Paddock Wood Brewing Company Ready Brew beer kits, it is even easier to make a high quality brew just like the ones produced at the brewery.

The Paddock Wood Brewing Co. is located in Saskatoon and is an award winning craft micro-brewery. Steve Cavan- Paddock Wood’s founder and Brew Master started as a home brewer! Click here to see a tour of the the brewery!

What is so special about this kit, you ask? There are many features that set this kit above the rest, first and foremost being quality. Sold Brown Aleexclusively at Wine Sense, Ready Brew kits are made in the same fashion as any craft beer you purchase at a beer store or liquor mart. Paddock Wood uses 100% fresh grains and hops to create an all grain wort with tremendous body and flavour. Each kit has gone through a 90 minute boil with these fresh grains and hops to produce the finest quality wort available.

This is not a concentrate, there has been no removal of water during any part of the process so there is no need to top up. Wyeast Liquid Yeast is included with each kit and helps to give exceptional depth and flavour to your beer. The beer will clear nicely using a single stage fermentation, so there is no need for a carboy and no racking required. The yeast also creates a firm pack after fermentation, making cleanup a breeze! We have 10 styles available to suit various palettes, including an American Pale Ale, Carib Lager, Cream Ale, German Koelsch and Spitfire English Ale and more!

 The Carib Lager and German Koelsch are the lightest of the group. If you are looking for a crisp, clean tasting beer with little to no hops, these would be your best choice. If you like a bit more hops in your beer the Spitfire English Ale is a classic English Ale with a nice balance of hops. If you like a more assertive hoppy flavour like I do, the American Pale Ale is the way to go. For those who prefer a light balance of malt and hops, the creamy texture of the Cream Ale is a pleasure to drink!

So go ahead and treat yourself to a Paddock Wood Brewing Co. Ready Brew kit, at just 95 cents a bottle you are not only saving money but getting huge bang for your buck. Try it, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Cheers,

Mike- Manager Wine Sense (Southdale Square)


Filed under: General, New Products by WineSense

Cheese & Beer Soup Recipe

November 8, 2013

Well winter is just around the corner and the cold weather is coming. Nothing like a hearty bowl of soup to warm you up. How about a creamy cheese and BEER soup? My kids could eat this one every night and come back for more.
I used one of the new Paddock Wood Spitfire English Ales in the last batch of beer and cheese soup, wonderful flavour, not too overbearing, just the right amount of ‘hoppy’ essence left after cooking. YUMMY with some big slices of bread and of course a large glass of ale.
Here is my favourite recipe for Beer and Cheese Soup
(don’t be afraid to add to this soup… bacon, broccoli….)

1/2 cup butter or margarine beercheesesoup
1/2 cup flour
4 cups milk or chicken broth
1 bottle of your favorite beer
Dash of onion salt
2 tsp dry chicken base
Dash of tabasco
Dash of worchestershire sauce
1lb cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup chives, chopped

Melt butter, add flour and stir well to make sauce texture.

Then add milk or chicken broth, plus all other ingredients, EXCEPT beer and cheese. Stir well. 

Add cheese in small amounts and stir until melted, add beer, stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
Enjoy!!

Hopefully with will be a hit with your family.
That’s all for this time,
Take time to treat yourself …you deserve it.

Cheers,

Lori, Manager (Wine Sense Springfield Rd)


Filed under: Uncategorized by WineSense

Drinking Beer to Serve You Better!

June 21, 2013

MikeSummer is slowly peeking it’s head over the horizon which means it is time for beer! What better way to celebrate this time of year, than with a staff beer tasting?! This was, of course ‘strictly’ for research purposes ; )

Two weekends ago, the Wine Sense team gathered at the Raddison downtown for a night of pizza, wings and beer…oops I meant to say research! One of the main purposes of this research was to compare the differences in beers made with WyeastWyeast liquid yeast against and the same beer made with dry yeast.

The results were astounding. We tasted various styles and the liquid yeast was the winner every time! There was more flavour, with a cleaner taste and more body. The beer was also smoother, tasting more like a crafted microbrew! It was a huge eye opener. Don’t believe me?? Ask any of the Wine Sense staff.

Wyeast Liquid Yeasts are specific yeast strains that are cultured from the specific style of beer you are making. As a result they enhance the flavour of the style of beer you’re making. If you’re making an Ale kit and prefer traditional English Ales then use the London Ale yeast- prefer American Micro Brews? Then try the American Ale yeast- an easy way to customize  your beer kits. Each Wyeast Package holds over 100 billion yeast cells so fermentation is fast and complete.

The Wine Sense Staff working hard to serve you better!

The Wine Sense Staff working hard to serve you better!

So, next time you are in for a beer kit, make sure to pick up a package of liquid yeast with your kit. Your beer will taste better, and you will thank us in the end!

Cheers,

Mike, Manager- Wine Sense Southdale Square

 


Filed under: General, New Products by WineSense

Warming Trends

May 24, 2013

If you haven’t noticed- over the recent past the wine kit manufactures are recommending higher fermentation temperatures for making your wine. There are good technical reasons for this- but as far as you the winemaker is concerned- the result is easier degassing and faster clearing.

Now that wine kits require a higher and consistent temperature (22-24c) through ALL phases of wine making (primary fermentation, secondary fermentation and clearing) the Heat Belt and the stick on Digital Thermometer are must have items.

With the Digital Thermometer (simply stick it to your Primary Pail or Carboy) you will know at a glance the temperature of the must in the pail and the carboy. Yes, put one on each- it’s a very convenient way to check your temperature at a glance.

As for the Heat Belt, recommended fermentation temperature is now higher than the room temperature in most houses- so your wine must will need the extra warmth to get it into the fermentation range. The Heat Belt will also give you a consistent temperature- which will help with the clearing.

Cheers,

Bruce

Manager- Wine Sense, Pembina Highway


Filed under: General by WineSense



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