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Alcohol: Wine, Beer, Sorry, I'm Bored

So, in my post-Thanksgiving boredom, I came to my favorite website and was looking through the forum list and saw the homebrewing room. There isn't a lot of action in there, so I decided I'd add to the inactivity with my own thread

I've brewed beer twice, wine numerous times, as well as some other "brewing"

I figured I'd share my (in)experience with anyone willing to read about it.

I got my first beer brewing kit as a 21st birthday present and that started it all. I ventured off from the Mr. Brew kit and started doing my own 'real' beer and it turned out okay. I'm nota beer drinker, so I started reading up on other home-brewing stuff and decided to give wine-making a try. Fortunately for me, I have a lot of family and family friends who have been making wine (and other stuff) since my parents were in diapers, so they helped A LOT. My first batch was an apple wine, made simply from Welch's apple juice; I did this batch without help and it turned out to be around 5%, but tasted pretty good. After getting 'shown the ropes', I tried the exact same recipe with a little more knowledge on acidity, sugar, yeast, and fermentation, and it came out at 15% and tasted like something you'd actually pay for; it yielded about 3 gallons and I still have 2 aging...we got impatient and drank the first gallon after about 2 months. Sticking to the same basic recipe, I've made wine from all kinds of different bases: apple juice, white and purple grape juice, muscadines, peaches, and pears. Well, wine got boring, so I ventured into "other" stuff and it came out at an EXTREMELY high alcohol content; making this stuff has a hell of a lot more twists and turns and is way harder to yield good results, but, after about 4-5 tries, I finally got something drinkable. After proving to myself that I could make that, I've simply gone back to wine and am happy making it.

Here's my favorite recipe:

Apple Wine (makes 5 gallons)
- 5 gallons apple juice/cider
- 2 lbs sugar
- 1 pack of yeast
- 1 tbsp yeast nutrient
- 100 mL potassium/sodium metabisulfite
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