Beers to brew for the Holidays:
As the cooler weather arrives it is time to think about and start brewing beers that you can brew and drink before the end of the year. Stouts, Brown Ales, IPAs, Pumpkin and Spice beers and Scottish Ales are all great for brewing this time of year.
Winding down the 2013 wine season.
The grape harvest in California was a week ahead of last year due to a very warm early summer in California followed by warm days and cool nights. This weather resulted in high quality grapes and juice for this season. We have received all of our trailers of grapes and juice and still have almost every Lodi Gold juice and a few of the Mosti Mondiale juices in stock.
You can download the juice price list from here:
Please call the store and see what we have in stock.
MALTOSE EXPRESS’S FROZEN MUST
We have frozen must from our 2010 through 2012 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 just started selling a 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 Summit, Zythos and German Tradition and the Southern Hemisphere hops Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Pride of Ringwood, Green Bullet, Motueka, Pacific Gem 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 this summer 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
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 in early January, 2014. Best of Show judging will be held at Coal House Pizza in late January, 2014. 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 brewers of the top 4 beers will receive gift certificates to Maltose Express and Coal House Pizza.. Look on our web page for the entry forms.
UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS AT MALTOSE
We will be having many classes and events in the next year at Maltose. Please check our website and Face Book Events page to find out about these.
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 part time)
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 22nd year in business in 2013, 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.