A Historical Look at the Beer Stein

Don’t confuse a beer mug with a beer stein. A mug is just a container with a handle used to hold your beer. A stein, on the other hand, originated in Germany and has a rich history. The German word "Steinzeugkrug" literally translated means “stoneware jug or tankard.” Travelers to Germany bring home souvenir beer steins, not beer mugs. Several stories exist as to why hinged lids were added to beer mugs turning them into steins. … [Read more...]

A History of Homebrewing

A History of Homebrewing

The exact time at which people began brewing alcohol is unclear, but some experts believe that the practice began around 12,000 years ago. Even those who do not believe the homebrewing of alcohol to have begun that far in the past figure that people began brewing alcohol at home several thousand years ago. The ancient Sumerians had a goddess of beer named Ninkasi, and women were their primary brewers. Ancient Chinese, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians were homebrewers, and people throughout history … [Read more...]

Crafting Mead – the 21st Century’s Rediscovery of the Nectar of the Gods!

Crafting Mead - the 21st Century's Rediscovery of the Nectar of the Gods!

How many of you actually know what mead is? From the Merriam-Webster dictionary (and the Webster 1913 version): mead - a fermented drink made of water and honey, malt and yeast. … [Read more...]

Home Canning Lets You Save Money and Eat Healthier

Home Canning Lets You Save Money and Eat Healthier

Preserving your own food is a great way to save money on grocery bills and eat healthier. Canning produce is making a comeback as more and more people struggle to make ends meet in tough economic times. Additionally, canning is a great hobby and gives canners a sense of accomplishment when they eat their own preserves. Many people treat canning as a family tradition, passing the hobby down through the generations. … [Read more...]

Enjoy Wine Anytime With an Instant Wine Chiller

Enjoy Wine Anytime With an Instant Wine Chiller

The main function of an instant wine chiller is to lower the temperature at which wine is served. A good temperature increases the enjoyment and desirable qualities of drinking. Wine that is placed on the counter during hot summers does not have a desirable taste. Heat reacts with the alcohol contained in the wine and tends to reduce its flavor. Not everyone can serve wine in a cold room or keep the bottle in a cold place, so the use of a chiller helps people who must create an instant need to … [Read more...]