Thursday, September 7, 2017

What's Brewing: September 7, 2017 Edition

The dog days of summer can really make you thirsty for a beer. And since we're beer lovers too we know what it's like to crave something big and hoppy, dark and sweet, or crisp and fruity. We heartily support beer diversity and that drives our passion to carry a very wide selection of homebrew kits, brewing ingredients, and of course beer. Like beer you and your tastes are varied and diverse, and that's a beautiful thing.

We also know that sometimes you might like to switch it up and try new things. We are here to help all our customers--beer brewer, beer drinker, or both--explore the vast beer universe. In this been-there-done-that world, it is our mission to bring in fresh new finds you will be excited to try. And please, if you know of a particular item or a beer we may have missed, let us know!

PS: Did you know that we also sell retail kegs from time-to-time, and can also special order Virginia-distributed beer in for you by the case or keg? Yup, several customers got kegs to go from us this past holiday weekend. Feel free to ask the next time you visit. 

Growlers, Crowlers and More!
Our fridges are always full of great beers and we know it's sometimes hard to choose. But don't worry, now you can easily try them all! With our popular can seamer we can fill 16 ounce "Personal Pint" crowlers and some customers are creating their own custom four, six, or even eight packs! And of course if you really like something we gladly fill 32 or 64 ounce glass growlers.

Our Beer Me! list is powered by the Untapped app. You can use the app to share what you are drinking, find out about beers, breweries, and venues, and get recommendations from friends. Once you download the app, search for myLocal HomeBrew Shop under "Venues" so you can follow us and opt in for notifications whenever we add new beers. We specialize in IPAs, Farmhouse styles and Sours, and local beers in general. You won't want to miss out.

myLHBS Rappahannock Red Ale
Our favorite American Amber recipe; more hops than malt but plenty there too. Top quality dry yeast is included but if you prefer liquid cultures we recommend using Wyeast 1028 LondonAle (don't forget to protect your liquid yeast during warm periods with an ice pack). Bottle Caps (55) and Priming Sugar (5 oz) sold separately. 
Price: $38.99                            Yield: 5 gallons
Ready: 4 - 6 weeks                   Difficulty: Easy
Color: Deep Amber                   OG: 1.060       FG: 1.014                           ABV: 6%                                    Bitterness: 40 IBU

Join the Team!
Do you love beer? Know a thing or two about beer and homebrewing? Then join the myLHBS team!
Retail and/or sales experience is preferred, as is basic competency with homebrewing and beer styles. Schedules are flexible and training will be provided as needed. We are always in need of seasonal and part-time help so hit us up at! Shifts available during the hours of:
Saturdays 10 am. - 6 pm.
Sundays Noon - 4 pm.
Weekdays: Please inquire

Cider Season is Here
If Fall puts you in the mood for cider, we've got several ciders from Graft Cider for you to try with more varieties on the way. 

Farm Flor - A blend of wild brett fermented juicy young cider with funky and acidic foeder-aged cider.
Fuchsia District - A creamy and tropical guava dreamsicle cider with milk sugar, tangerine zest and vanilla.
Orions Cryptogram - Bursting with mango, passion fruit and DDH (double dry-hopped) with Citra, Amarillo and Azacca hops.

If you are interested in dipping your toes into the home beverage-making world, cider is a great place to start. Each Cider House Select Kit makes 6 - 6 gallons of cider (up to 64-12 oz. glasses). All Cider House Select Kits are also gluten free! We carry the Apple Cider Kit and the PearCider Kit year-round and will happily special order any of the other availableflavors. Special orders are always fast and free and
 all cider varieties are $39.99.

All the Yums! Ice Cream from Jeni's
We need to switch topics for a moment to discuss something very serious. What are you having for dessert tonight? If your taste buds need a little TLC, then come on down and indoctrinate y
ourself to the cult of Jeni's. Once you try it you will find out why even the most stoic of people will full-on gush about this ice cream. It's that good.

Jeni's teamed up with Stone Brewing to create an ice cream that captures the flavors of Stone's Mocha IPA. Their beer has the bitterness of an IPA, yet also the cocoa-coffee indulgence of a mocha stout. Jeni's Mocha Black Cherry hits all these notes and then some: soft coffee ice cream with bitter cocoa nibs, co
mplemented by a luscious ribbon of sweet-sour cherry sauce.

We also have Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows, Boozy Eggnog, The Matterhorn, and Jeni's Extra Bitter Hot Fudge Sauce to top it all off. It all just sounds too good to pass up.

And remember... you earn Rewards Points for buying anything and everything in the store, even ice cream and all other goodness!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What's Brewing: July 1, 2017 Edition

july4th_words_fireworks.jpgHappy Independence Day! Or, shall we say, Happy Blow Stuff Up Day! Seriously, who doesn't like to blow stuff up? But before we wax pyro here, we have important things to tell you. The store will be open regular hours over the weekend so plan to come in for your holiday weekend must-haves. We've got tasty locally-made brats and pretzel rolls to fill your grill, a fun and funky beer selection to fill your fridge and, as usual, we have all your home beer and wine making supplies so you can fill your extra days off with your favorite hobby. And CO2! Don't forget to have enough on hand to get you through your cook-outs, get-togethers, pool parties, happy hours, or whatever else you have planned. 

So to recap, the storefront in Falls Church will be open Saturday 10 am. to 6 pm., Sunday Noon to 4 pm. and will be closed on Monday, July 3 (as usual) and closed on Tuesday, July 4. The web store will be open 24/7, as it always is.

In Other News: We have installed EMV card readers so we are now accepting Apple/Google/Samsung Pay! And check out our TOectionPitch Rate,Yeast ComparisonHop Substitutions and more!
OLS tab on for handy calculators such as ABVIBUHydrometer Correction and more.

Varieties Available
Cryo hops are sold in one ounce bags.

Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones.
Alpha: 9 - 13%
Oil: 2 - 4%
$3.99 each


Sweet orange marmalade, grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee.
Alpha: 23 - 27%
Oil: 3.5 - 5.5%
$4.99 each


Cedar, lemon, lime, papaya, apples, cherries, mango, green pepper, citrus and pine.
Alpha: 23 - 27%
Oil: 5 - 7%
$4.99 each
Blueberry, tangerine, lime, papaya, rose, apple blossom, bubble gum, and grass.
Alpha: 20 - 24%
Oil: 2.5 - 5.5%
$4.99 each
Passion fruit, pine, berry, "dank" and earthy.
Alpha: 21 - 25%
Oil: 2.5 - 4.5%
$4.99 each
Get to Know LupuLN2,Cryo Hops
As the name implies, YCH Hops uses cryogenic technology to produce Cryo Hops. They separate whole hop cones into concentrated lupulin hop powder and low-alpha bract via exposure to extremely low temperatures in a nitrogen-rich production atmosphere, eliminating opportunities for oxidation.  LupuLN2 is the concentrated lupulin glands of whole hop cones containing sensitive resins and aromatic oils. LupuLN2 hop pellets offer twice the resin content of traditional T90 pellets and should be dosed at half the weight - the perfect addition for any juicy and resinous, hop-forward recipe.

Using LupuLN2 Cryo Hops
  • KETTLE: Late additions only; early kettle additions should be avoided to prevent boiling out the intense aroma characteristics.
  • WHIRLPOOL: Whirlpool additions are an excellent way to increase aroma and reduce trub-load from large, late additions.
  • KNOCKOUT OR HOPBACK: Due to fine particle size, there is low risk of clogging heat exchangers. This allows for extremely late additions, even with carryover into the fermenter. 
  • FERMENTER: Use in the fermenter is an excellent way to increase aroma while reducing trub-loss. LupuLN2 will settle out during normal conditioning and can be fined, filtered or centrifuged as normal.
Recipe Adaptation
Regardless of application, early trials indicate LupuLN2 beers showcase pronounced juicy and resinous flavors with reduced grassy characteristics. As a result, some brewers recommend using LupuLN2 in conjunction with T90 pellets to ensure the complexity and flavors of the whole hop cone are retained. Creating new recipes with LupuLN2 is an excellent (and safe) way to showcase hops in innovative beers and styles. As a starting point for recipe formulation or modification, the estimated dosing rate of LupuLN2 is 40-50% of hop pellets by weight.

Our "Slightly Hazy" IPA is in the Northeast vein; more juicy/fruity hop flavor than bitterness yet enough to make this beer dry and refreshing. Top quality dry yeast is included but if you prefer liquid cultures we recommend Wyeast 1318 London Ale III (don't forget to protect your liquid yeast during warm periods with an ice pack). 

Bottle Caps (55) and Priming Sugar (5 oz) sold separately.

Yield: 5 gal
Ready: 4 weeks
Difficulty: Easy
OG: 1.061
FG: 1.015
ABV: 6.1%
Bitterness: 32 IBU


Winexpert Eclipse Limited Release Nocturnal
Nocturnal is a classic blend with an unusual moonlit twist. The grapes were plucked from the vines in the cool of the night when sugar levels are more stable and acid levels are better. This results in a wine with richer flavor and aromatics. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault deliver complex spicy aromas with fruity plum and black raspberry on the palate, balanced with earthy woodsmoke. The full body and lush tannins make the finish just long enough to savor all the nuances in this gorgeous wine. Now taking pre-orders. ETA: mid-July.

Body: Full
Oak: Medium-Heavy
Sweetness: Dry
Alcohol: 14%

$189.99 $169.99 save $20.00!

Flavor Profile: Blueberry, tangerine, lime, papaya, rose, apple blossom, bubble gum, and grass.
Alpha Acids: 10.5 - 14%

Regular Price $31.99 Sale Price: $23.99  Save 25%!

Get the Untapped App  
Our  Beer Me! list is powered by the Untapped app. The app is an easy way to find out about beers, breweries and venues, share what you are drinking and get recommendations from friends. Once you download the app, search for myLocal HomeBrew Shop under "Venues" and you can opt in for notifications whenever we add new beers. Super convenient!