Upcoming California Grape Harvest and Wine Season
Due to the hot weather and drought in California, the grape harvest will be seven to ten days earlier than last year. The estimated tonnage will be the same as last year. The grape vine root stocks are very tolerant to drought and should produce even better fruit during this stress. The biggest concern is the cost of water, especially in the southern AVAs. Grapes for white wine will start to be harvested in mid to late August and we will only have white grapes available the weekends of 9/11 and 9/18. We expect to receive our last grape shipment on Friday October 2nd. We have posted our prices on our web page so you can download the order forms and fill them out or you can pick up the order forms at the store in person. Orders with deposits for white grapes must be in by September 5th and all other orders must be in by September 12th. A $15.00 deposit for each case of grapes and a $30.00 deposit for each 6-gallon bucket of California or Italian juice is required. This can be done in person with cash, credit card (no Amex), over the phone with a credit card or you can pay for the grapes online if you wish to. We no longer accept checks. You can also come in at any time and see what we have in inventory since we order thousands of buckets of extra juice and thousands of cases of extra grapes.
As always we try to keep our prices are reasonable as possible along with providing excellent service, help and information about the grapes and juice. The deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. Grapes must be picked up within 4 days of our call so that you can receive the best and freshest product available. If they are not picked up your deposit will be forfeited. The delivery charges is $3 for each mile your home is from our store. We try to receive your grapes according to your schedule but if you do need them on a certain weekend please be prepared to substitute grapes if the ones you require are not available. Because it is fresh produce it does not always arrive on schedule.
We have remodeled Maltose Express and built our brewery, Veracious Brewing Company.
We have moved Maltose Express to the adjacent space and have been building our brewery and tasting room this year in the old Maltose Express location.
Please stop in and try one of our beers when you are in the area. Below is the link to our brewery webpage:
We have an ale made with maple sap and a double IPA on tap for sampling.
Sale Items for August:
Two beer kits are also for sale this month are our clone of Sam Adams Summer Ale and clone of Founders All Day IPA.
We have gift certificates that you can purchase in the store or you can call and we will send you the gift certificate by US Mail.
On Line Gift Certificates:
We now offer on line gift certificates. Order online and you will receive a code that can be used on line for purchases.
New Clone Beer Kits:
We have several new clone kits available for the Holidays. They include Abbots Ale by Greene King, Alton’s Pride by FFF Brewing, Brother Thelonius by North Coast Brewing, Coffee House Porter by BBC, Dirty Bastard by Founders, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout by Old Dominion Brewing, Double Agent IPL by Sam Adams, Drayman’s Porter by BBC, Entire Butt Porter by Salopian, Good King Henry by Old Chimneys Brewery, Highway 77 Scotch Ale a collaboration from Stone, Pizza Port and Green Flash, Hop Garden by Hogsback Brewery, Lost Sailor IPA by BBC, Lunch by Maine Brewing, Mackeson’s XXX Stout at 3% abv, Mo by Maine Brewing, Old Crafty Hen by Morland, Old Empire IPA by Marstons, Old Horizontal Barleywine by Victory, Rebel IPA by Sam Adams, Ruthless Rye by Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams Summer Wheat, Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point, Shark Attack Double Red from Port Brewing, Southwold Bitter by Adnams, Sue by Yazoo Brewing, Tumbler by Sierra Nevada, Union Jack by Firestone Walker, Wainwright Golden Ale by Thwaites Brewery and WipeOut IPA by Port Brewing.
Here are a few of the new products we have in stock:
Fast Ferment Conical Fermenter from Fast Rack
Cider Making Equipment Kit
Cider House Select Cider Kits from Brewers Best including: Apple, Cherry, Spiced Apple, Pear, Mixed Berry, Blueberry, Strawberry Pear and Raspberry Lime.
New Wine Expert Selection kits including: Brunello, Montepulciano, Rioja, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
Please check our on line store for more information about these products:
New Store Location:
We have moved our store in December to the adjacent location in our building. Please stop in and see the new space.
Final Judging for the home brew contest at Coal House Pizza was held in Stamford on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Click here to read the article on the BOS judging and the award winners.
We held the second annual Elis Restaurant Group/Maltose Express contest on Wednesday, July 30th. Click on the link below to read about the contest and the winners!
We held the second annual Maltose Express/Sierra Nevada customers choice IPA contest this summer. Click on the link below to read about the contest and the winners!
Final Judging for the home brew contest at Coal House Pizza was held in Stamford on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Click the link below to read the article on the BOS judging and the award winners.
We were featured on Ct Style WTNH last week. Here is the link to watch the segment on making beer.
Here is a link to an article the New Canaan News wrote about our talk at the New Canaan Library. It was also in the Bridgeport Post on Monday, March 10th.
New Items at Maltose Express:
We have several new products including new 2.5 gallon, new 3 gallon and new 5 gallon Stainless Steel soda kegs from Italy. These kegs are made of high quality stainless steel to NSF standards. We inspected the kegs made in India and did not like the poppet valves being used which made it hard or sometimes impossible to push on the disconnects. We also looked at the Chinese kegs but they are made of low grade stainless steel and eventually rust, so we chose to sell the more expensive but higher quality Italian kegs.
Maltose Express has started selling 1 gallon batches of some of our recipes. These are available in extract with specialty grain and all grain formats.
We also have a nice one gallon equipment kit for those of you who want to make one gallon batches. Here is a link to the one gallon recipes. http://www.maltosecart.com/1-gallon-beer-recipe-kits/
We have an 8 gallon stainless steel pot from Bayou Classic that comes with a false bottom, bazooka screen and attached thermometer and ball valve.
The new crop of hops are in, please check out our New Zealand and Austrailian hops and our new supply of Freshops. We are making one single hop beer each month and just had a single hop Motueka beer and a single hop Galaxy beer on tap. We area currently fermenting an all Pacifica brew as well.
Thank You for shopping with us in 2013, we appreciate your business hope you had a great holiday and have a great 2014.
Tess, Mark and crew from Maltose Express
Beers to brew for Spring:
As the warmer weather arrives it is time to think about and start brewing beers that you can brew and drink in the spring! Take advantage of the cool weather and brew some lagers such as: Bocks, Helles, Pilsners and Marzens are all great for brewing this time of year. It is also the beginning of the wheat, white and pale ale beer brewing season.
MALTOSE EXPRESS’S FROZEN MUST
We have frozen must from our 2010 through 2013 premier grapes. The grapes have been crushed, de-stemmed, nitrogen purged, cold soaked and then frozen. This is a top of the line product and there are single varietals from Napa, Suisun Valley, Paso Robles, Amador and Lodi. We will be offering ½ gallon bags of these musts that can be added to a 6 gallon pail of juice. Adding the grapes to the juice during fermentation will give your wine more flavor, color, tannin and aroma and many wine makers have used these musts in the last 2 years to enhance their wines. You will pour the grapes into a muslin bag and place this into the bucket during primary fermentation. Make sure to press the grapes down into the juice twice a day in order to get the most flavor and color from the grapes. After primary fermentation simply squeeze the muslin bag to extract the juice from the grapes and then transfer the juice to the secondary fermenter. The Must will cost $12 per ½ gallon bag.
NEW ITEMS AT MALTOSE
We have added several new items over the last 6 months.
For winemakers we have oak spirals, oak balls, Orchard Breezin fruit-based wine kits from R J Spagnols, the full line of Cellar Classic kits with grape skins and we now have two wines on tap for you to sample.
We have a great selection of propane burners that you can use for brewing beer and cooking outdoors. Please follow this link to our web page to check out the new burners! http://www.maltosecart.com/propane-burners/.
For home brewers we now carry new hops include El Dorado, Summit, Zythos and German Tradition and the Southern Hemisphere hops Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Pride of Ringwood, Green Bullet, Motueka, Pacific Gem, Pacific Jade and Pacifica.
We also have the following new grains in stock: Briess Blackprinz Malt, Briess Caramalt, Briess Carapils Malt, Briess Goldpils Vienna Malt, Briess Midnight Wheat Malt, Briess Smoke Malt, Munton’s 150L Dark Crystal Malt, Thomas Faucet Halcyon Pale Malt, Weyermann Cara Red Malt , Weyermann Oak-Smoked Wheat.
We also now carry and have in stock Blichmann burners, hop rockets, ThruMometers, wort chillers and beer guns.
NEW CLONE BEER RECIPES
We have been busy brewing clones of commercial beers each month and have new ones available at the store for you to brew. New clone recipes include: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Val Dieu Triple, Anchor Brekle’s Brown, Hogs Back Hop Garden, Greene King Abbot Ale, Highway 78 Scotch Ale collaboration brew, Port Brewing Shark Attack Imperial Red, Lawson Finest Liquids Hopzilla, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Ithaca Flower Power, Smuttynose Durty, Sam Adams Double Agent IPL, Founders Centennial Ale, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, Smuttynose Finestkind IPA, BBC’s Lost Sailor IPA, Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Saison, BBC Coffeehouse Porter and Goose Island IPA.
HOME BREW COMPETITIONS
Coal House Pizza/Maltose Express All Style Contest
Maltose Express/Coal House Pizza Home Brew Contest, March 2014
We are holding another Home brew contest with Coal House Pizza. This is an all style contest. Entries are due at either Coal House Pizza or Maltose Express by February 22, 2014. Best of Show judging will be held at Coal House Pizza on March 11, 2014 at 7pm. These contests are a great way for you to have certified judges evaluate and comment on your beers and it is free to enter these contests. Each beer is judged by two judges and you can pick up your score sheets at Maltose Express after the Best of Show judging. Six beers are passed on to the finals and are judged at Coal House Pizza. The final judging is open to the public at Coal House Pizza in Stamford.
We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for your support and patronage. As always we strive to provide you with the best produce, juice, supplies and service that we can.
Mark & Tess Szamatulski, the Maltose Staff
& our shop dogs, Grady, Miss Lucy & Tucker (who is now retired)
About Maltose Express
Maltose Express in Monroe, Connecticut sells beer making and wine making ingredients, equipment and supplies for brewing beer and making wine at home. On this page we post data to keep you up to date on what’s going on at our store.
Celebrating their 23rd year in business in 2014, Maltose Express owners Mark & Tess Szamatulski share their decades of award winning beer and wine making experience with new and long time customers from all over the United States, and around the world. From the beginning home brewer, hard cider, mead & wine makers, to more advanced brew masters & vintners, the entire staff at Maltose Express is here to assist you with all your beverage making needs.
We also carry a full supply of home brew kegging and commercial kegging equipment and will help you with your particular kegging setup.
We always have two of our beers on tap for you to sample. Please stop in and visit our store.
For the wine makers we sell equipment and supplies for making wine at home from wine grapes, grape juice and wine concentrate kits. Each fall we order fresh California grape juice and wine grapes directly from the vineyards, refrigerate them and have them for sale at our store. We source grapes from several regions in California including: Amador, Clement Hills, Lodi, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Sonoma and Suisun Valley. In the spring, we look to South America and order fresh Chilean grapes and grape juice to keep our wine making customers busy year around. We also carry award winning wine kits that include everything you need to make your own wines for every season and occasion. We stock home wine making equpment and supplies including: grape presses, grape crushers, demi johns, carboys, grape fermenting tubs, variable capacity Stainless steel fermenters, corkers, corks, airlocks and everything else you will need to make your wine. There are always two wines on tap for you to sample here at Maltose Express.
Throughout the year at our shop in Monroe, CT we offer wine making and home brewing classes, as well as offering wine tasting classes where you can taste wine from around the world paired with regional dishes, as well as classes on how to make your own hard ciders, meads and cheeses.
Have a look around our online store, and if you’re ever in our part of Connecticut, please come by to visit our store and sample some of our great home brews, wines, hard ciders and meads.