Sent: 3/3/09

Greetings from Keystone Homebrew,

In this email:
South American Grapes Update
Winemaking Classes
Winemaker Magazine Competition

Available by pre-order only, and only in Montgomeryville It’s time for the grape harvest! We know that sounds strange, but they do everything backwards in the southern hemisphere. The grapes will be picked this weekend, so if you want to make wine from fresh grapes this spring, you need to place an order with us by this Thursday, March 5, at 12 noon. We will be getting four varieties from Argentina: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Bonarda. These are the only grapes we will getting this year (sorry . no juice!); Merlot and Tempranilla have already been picked, so they won’t be available to us. The grapes cost $26 per 22-lb. lug (each makes about 1.5 gallons); we need a 50% deposit to secure your order. Call, stop by or order online at

It’s easy to make wine, but Dave Salaba, our UC Davis-certified winemaker, teaches a few classes that can help you hit a home run every time. Each class will require a minimum of 6 students and a maximum of 12. Dave’s classes often sell out early, so if you’re interested, sign up ASAP . you won’t be disappointed!

Keystone Homebrew, Montgomeryville
$75 per person (payable in advance)
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 PM
or Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 PM
This class is for rookies and anyone else who wants to master the fundamentals. We will cover winemaking methods, basic equipment, grape selection, sanitization, simple testing procedures and troubleshooting. Class dates are subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions or any significant delays in grape shipments from South America. Dress warmly . the first 30 minutes will involve a live demonstration outside our Montgomeryville store.

Studio M Foods (1 minute from our Montgomeryville store)
$125 per person (payable in advance)
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 PM
This class is for veterans who are looking to make their mark in the major leagues. You.ll get hands-on experience performing accurate tests for sugar, acidity, pH, and sulfites, and how and when to make the proper adjustments. Additionally, all participants will receive a binder that contains detailed up-to-the-minute reference materials about the latest winemaking practices and all the tests we will be conducting, which alone is essentially worth the class fee of $125.

We’re accepting entries now for Winemaker magazine’s international winemaking competition. In fact, we will arrange for your wine to be transported in style to the competition, free of charge! (Of course you still need to pay the competition entry fee.) This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experienced judges, while competing for medals and international recognition. Just drop off your entries, along with a completed entry form and fee, at either of our stores no later than Monday, March 9. For more information, including competition rules and entry forms: Good luck!

Ferment on!

Jason Harris
Keystone Homebrew Supply
Proud Sponsor of the Philly Beer Geek Competition