BosaGrape Blog

  • How to Hack a Cider Kit with Fresh Rhubarb
    Rhubarb cider is a tangy and especially refreshing variation of cider. When fresh rhubarb is available, it’s easy to modify a cider kit for an extra layer of flavour. You’ll need: 2.3 kg rhubarb stems, chopped 909 g white sugar […]
  • Hard Seltzer Base- 23L batch
    Hydrometer reading- Starting gravity:                    1.042 Final gravity:                          around 1.000   Estimated ABV:                      5.5% 6 lb/2.72 kg Dextrose2 g Potassium Bicarbonate23 g Fermaid O, divided: 9 g, 7 g, 7 g (100 g/hL)7 g GoFerm Yeast Rehydration Nutrient (30 g/hL)1 […]
  • The Basics of Brewing
    The Basics of Beer Brewing for All-Grain Batches Step 1: Cleaning & Sanitizing This is arguably the single most important aspect of home brewing. Absolutely everything that touches the beer at any stage of the process must be thoroughly cleaned […]
  • Calcium Chloride for Cheese Making
    Add calcium chloride to pasteurized and/or homogenised milk to help restore calcium balance and create a firmer curd. Use 0.5ml per litre of milk. Add to milk before you add culture (mesophilic or thermophilic) and/or rennet- vegetable or calf.Caution Calcium […]
  • Apple Breaker Safety Instructions
    BosaGrape Winery & Brew Supplies has Apple Breakers of many sizes for Sale & for Rent Troubleshooting Tips:
  • Bladder Press Operating Instructions
    A bladder press, also called a water press or Idro press, uses water pressure from a garden hose to fill andexpand a rubber bladder inside the press. The expansion of the bladder presses the fruit. The bladderexpands uniformly and applies […]
  • Winemaking Instructions for Fresh Juice
    Fresco Fresh Juice is available from BosaGrape Winery & Brew Supplies twice a year. In the Fall we take advance orders for Fresco Fresh Juice sourced from California, New York State and Italy. In the Spring the Fresco Juices are […]
  • 2 Ways to Test Acid in Must or Wine
    Caution: Sodium Hydroxide is caustic, and can burn skin. Use with proper safety procedures. Testing Acid in Musts or Wine with Sodium Hydroxide: White– Measure 15mL of juice or white wine into the beaker. Add 4 to 5 drops of […]
  • Stuck Fermentation Procedures
    A stuck fermentation is a fermentation that has stopped before all the available sugar in the wine hasbeen converted to alcohol and CO2. As fermentation progresses, sugar and nutrient supplies arerunning out and alcohol levels are getting higher. It becomes […]
  • Blueberry Wine Recipe
    Blueberry season is the perfect time to make blueberry wine. The Lower Mainland is one of the world’slargest blueberry-producing regions and is home to many blueberry farms. You can also make blueberry wine from frozen berries (thawed of course!)This recipe […]
  • Clarifying Your Wine with Kieselsol & Chitosan
    When your wine has finished fermenting, you may want to use these 2 fining agents to clarify yourwine. The instructions below are for 23L of wine. If you want to bulk age your wine in the carboy, wait to add […]
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
    Your winemaking, brewing or fermenting equipment should ALL be cleaned & sanitized throughout the process of making your precious product to bottling it.  Here is a list of the common products that are used and that we sell:  DIVERSY/SANIBREW: aka […]
  • Adding Sulfite (SO2) If You Have No pH Meter or SO2 Test Kit
    If you can’t test the pH or the current free SO2 level of your wine, you can only guess how much sulfite (SO2) is needed to protect your wine. The additions noted here will only maintain a generic level of […]
  • Passivating Stainless Steel Tanks with Citric Acid
    The “stainless” in stainless steel is a very thin layer of oxidation, only a few molecules thick. Surface damage will compromise the oxidation. Exposure to acidic liquids or salt will eventually degrade the layer of oxidation, leaving it vulnerable to […]
  • Kegging Beer from the Primary Fermenter
    Yes, you can keg a homebrew beer directly from a primary fermenting bucket rather than fermenting in a carboy or doing a secondary fermentation. I brewed an all-grain French Saison beer and let it ferment in my closet for two […]
  • Strawberry Hefeweizen Recipe
    Nothing beats the summer heat like a light refreshing fruit beer on a sunny patio. Strawberries grow well in the Fraser Valley and there are many local farms that offer u-pick berries. Strawberries are a little more challenging to brew […]
  • Blackberry Wine Recipe
    Blackberry Wine There is no shortage of wild blackberries growing in parks, backyards, along streets, and just about everywhere else.  Local wild blackberries are among the most environmentally friendly foods that the typical urban and suburban eats; therefore wild homemade […]
  • Centennial Pale Ale Homebrew Recipe
    There is no doubt that Spring 2020 has been a trying time for us all. If you are like me you have probably been stuck at home with extra free time and probably buying more alcohol than normal. The silver […]
  • Chocolate Milk Stout Homebrew Recipe
    There is nothing like the taste of a robust chocolate stout paired with the warm embrace of a fireplace or your favourite Netflix show to make the long winter nights seem a little shorter. I recommend brewing this beer in […]
  • Merry Christmas from all of us at Bosagrape!
    Forget any last minute presents for the winemaker, brewer or cheese maker in your life? Come on by and check out our selection of gift ideas and books. Happy Holidays!          
  • Imperial Yeast
    WHAT IS IMPERIAL ORGANIC YEAST? Imperial Organic Yeast is the first manufacturer of certified organic liquid yeast grown in Portland, Oregon. Each “pitch right” can contains 200 billion cells, the perfect amount for a five gallon batch that can be […]
  • Blichmann WineEasy
    The primary fermentor, available in 20, 30 and 55 gallons sizes, contains a false bottom that separates the pomace from the wine as the free run is drained from the fermentor. The grapes can then be pressed with a vacuum […]
  • Canada Day is just around the corner!
    What better way to celebrate than with a cold one? We have Jockey Boxes available for rent or purchase, Simply throw a few bags of ice into the cooler, hook up your keg to a CO2 tank as normal, but hook […]
  • 2016 CBA Winners
    Congrats To our customers that were winners at the 2016 Canadian Brewery Awards! Beer of the Year: Four Winds Brewing Co., Nectarous Dry-hopped Sour Ale Gold Winners: Gladstone Brewing Co., Gladstone Czech Dark Lager Brassneck Brewery, No Brainer Dageraad Brewing, […]
  • Used Drums
    USED Fermenting Drums for Sale!   We have used fermenting drums in various sizes for sale! 44L Carboy Style (left) – 20256 – $30.00 15 Gallon Malt Drum (middle) – 20257 – $15.00 45 Gallon Drum (right) – 20262-45 – […]
  • Meglioli Juice
    Meglioli Limited Edition is a top of the line pasteurized juice by Mosti Mondiale which offers 23 Litres/6 U.S. gallons of 100% Grape must for the winemaking enthusiast! The juices are sourced from Italy, Chile, and the US (more details below) and […]
  • Used Barrels
    FULL SIZED USED NEUTRAL BARRELS: RED WINE, WHITE WINE, AND WHISKEY BARRELS   These barrels are considered “neutral” as they impart minimal oak flavour, but can still be used as:   Storage for wine combined with other oaking methods (chips, […]