If you’ve ever wanted to save money on alcohol, you should definitely think about making your own. While may sound very difficult to do, in fact, it’s pretty idiot-proof. All you need to do is get together some simple pieces of equipment, get some clean containers and in no time you’ll be able to enjoy low-cost alcohol that you’ve had the satisfaction of making yourself!
Whether you prefer wine, beer or liqueurs, making your own alcohol is a breeze – so the next time you’re planning a party, this is the perfect way to save a fortune!
Making Your Own Wine
Anybody can make excellent wine, all that is necessary is to know the basics of how the process works. Of course, you need to keep your equipment clean, but the fermentation process is easy to understand and achieve at home. All you need to do is make a “must”, which is a solution of sugar, water, fruit pulp and fruit juice in a clean vessel before you add some wine yeast. You can’t use the standard baker’s yeast though that you’d use in making bread. Instead, you need to use a proper wine yeast which leaves no aftertaste and is capable of withstanding an alcohol concentration of up to 16%.
You’ll need this equipment to make wine yourself:
8-gallon wine container
25 wine bottles with screw tops and plastic caps
2-gallon stainless steel pot or bowl
2-quart small mesh sack
9 1 gallon small mouthed jugs
6ft of clear and flexible plastic tubing
Plastic food wrap
An acid titration kit
Not only are homemade liqueurs easy to make, they are also great gifts. You just need some washed and sterilized jars or bottles and cheesecloth that you’ve bought in the grocery store to strain the nuts and fruits out of the liqueur. You’ll also need a dark and cool place to age your liqueur. Usually, the alcoholic content is around 20%-30% for berry and fruit liqueurs and though should contain around a cup of sugar for every 3 cups of finished liqueur. To get the best taste of your liqueur, you should store it for a minimum of 6 months as this will improve the flavor.
You can make beer using sugars from malted grains. Malt extract is sugar which has been taken from malted grain and can be found in both liquid and dry forms. You will also need yeast to consume the sugar and then produce alcohol and carbon dioxide as a by-product. Although yeast eats most sugars, malt sugar is perfect because of its chemical components.
When you’re keen to brew beer, you just need a bubbler, a siphon hose, and of course a brewing bucket. You’ll need to ferment the beer for a couple of weeks by just putting the unfermented beer in a bucket, putting a bubbler into the hole in its lid as this will allow the gas to get out without contaminating your beer, and allow it to sit. When you want to drink it, simply open the spigot and pour out a glass.
Should you prefer to bottle your beer for longer-term storage, buy a home brewing kit made up of the following items;
6.5-gallon fermenter with a lid
6.5-gallon bottling bucket that has a spigot
Siphone and a bottling setup
Twin lever capper