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Have you ever made your own Wine/Beer?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mr Allen, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Mr Allen

    Mr Allen Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Above.

    Not me personally, but 30 odd years ago me Dad used to make Wine from Elderberries.

    Just watched an old episode of the 70's comedy On the Buses where the late Reg Varney made and got drunk on his own Beer, and it made me think.

    So has anyone done it? And did it work?
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    I was making dandelion wine when I was in high school.
    I took a bottle to my American Lit. teacher, the year I was 17.....
    and then realized that:
    A. I was taking alcoholic beverage into a school.
    B. I was underage.
    C. But....it was after-hours, end of the school year.
    D. My parents approved.
    E. It turned out ok.

    The wine for a present for the teacher, for her to take home.
     
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    Mr Allen Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Ooh naughty! Isn't the "age of consent" 21 in the US?

    And I don't think teachers are allowed to accept gifts, it doesn't "look" right you see.
     
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    Think what you will.

    It's common for children to give their teachers gifts.
    Usually picked out by their mothers, when the child is younger.

    I wanted to give this teacher something I had made.
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    It's not called "age of consent."
    It's "Minimum Legal Drinking Age."

    I had no intention of drinking the stuff at school or with the teacher.
    It was entirely a gift, for her.
     
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    I don't have interest in alcoholic drinks, but would love to try brewing up some root beer which has tiny bit of alcohol when brewed but not enough to really count. My sister and a friend of her's made some once and it was wonderful. Except for the thing with the exploding bottle, that I guess is a hazard of making it, but other than that. @Mr Allen , thanks for posting the question. I think I'll consider getting my husband root beer making supplies for Christmas. He'd love it, I will get to drink it, and I can buy everything with in walking distance.
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    @kay

    There is a lightly effervescent drink made with brown sugar
    and trimmings of a fresh pineapple I used to make.

    Similar to cider.
    The name was something like "tezuen" and it was Lebanese,
    I think.

    Anytime I refer to making wine etc is going to be in the past.
    I don't use sugar any more, or alcohol of any type.

    But these were fun things to make and give away.
    I did make a batch of dandelion wine four years ago, to give
    away. There were a lot of dandelions that spring.
     
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    Wow. I was making hard cider(and apple-jack) and wines and beer at that age. Actually at 14, now that I think about it.
    (My G-Grandma was making the dandelion wine, never attempted that, myself.)
    Growing up in the country had it's distinct advantages; elderberry, raspberry, and strawberry wines to name only a few.
    (Leaving out the Rhubarb Sativa, and Apricot Indica, of course.)
    Na Zdorovie! (На здоровье!)
     
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    kay Well-Known Member

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    Brown sugar and pineapple (along with cloves) was what my mom always put on ham.
     
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    No but I've had really awesome home-brewed beer made by others.
     
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    My dad bought a beer making kit. Made the beer. Put the bottles in a cabinet in our laundry room. After a few months the bottles started exploding one by one. I think it was 2 years before my mother dared open that cabinet.
     
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    RECIPE:

    Sparkling Spice Pineapple Drink
    (Tezuen)

    meaty peelings of one fresh pineapple (about 12 to 14 ounces of trimmings)
    2 cups brown sugar

    up to 1 1/2 teaspoons of whole anise seed
    1 teaspoon whole cloves
    3 inches stick cinnamon

    6 cups water

    Mix sugar and water.
    Add peelings and spices.

    Cover loosely.
    Ferment for 3 days. Stir daily.

    Strain and chill.
     
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    Ooh, this is a "young" "wine".
    I'll bet it IS lightly effervescent.
    Sounds delicious!
     
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    My grandmother used to make brandied fruit around the holidays.
    1 quart Country fruit salad
    1 cup white sugar(brown may be subbed)
    1 oz. Brandy (it has live cultures)
    Cover loosely
    Let stand for 14- 21 days
    Enjoy over vanilla ice-cream...
    A-ma-zing!
     
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    That reminds me of Rumtopf.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumtopf
     
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    Yes.
    Interesting.
    This may be the original source for it,
    slightly changed, of course.
    Her recipe was rather potent.
    It would definitely warm one up on a cold day!
     
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    All I can think about from reading your question is a Simpsons episode where Homer makes his own liquor during a prohibition in springfield - which turns out to be rather unstable.

    (2:03 - 2:50 of this clip)
     
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    A girlfriends parents who were teachers, owned an apple orchard and kept bees. Often collected windfalls and made them into hard or soft cider in the pressing room along with my friend and her father.

    He had a wine cellar stocked with homemade wine like dandelions, elderberry, parsnip, honey wine and many others. Think that I tasted most of them at one time or another. The parsnip wine was unusual but had a nice flavour.

    The hard and soft ciders are something I still think about, the taste was so good. Have had nothing like it since that compares to the taste.
     
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    Yes, my partner makes his own wine. It's very common where I live in rural areas.
     
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    I remember an Italian guy in my college dorm whose parents used to make wine. He brought some from home one time for us to sample.

    Tasted terrible, but we managed to drink it all anyways. :p
     
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    The way you could tell who had been to a party at school, was the following day when their teeth were tinged purple. From the cheap jugs of school wine at functions.
     
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