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    Default Anyone Brew their own?

    I wondered if anyone makes their own liquor, wine or beer?

    I'm in love with Lemoncello - quite passionatly in love with the stuff - not that stoked at the high price of the really good stuff and figured why not take a crack at making my own - I found several recipes online and whilst they take a while (up to 80 days) I figure if this is my new year project, I should have some yummy stuff by summer next year ....

    The whole brewing process does fascinate me as well - my dad used to make a (apparently) delish home brew when I was growing up, I know Daniel's dad has done as well in the past .... most of my male cousins also at one time or another (its a bit of an Aussie male right of passage I think ) and more seriously, my BF's hubby is a Brewer (university qualified, helps run the Australian Beer Awards kind of Brewer) .... I guess brewing is just another form of cooking .....

    So anyone else brew their own anything?
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    I've done limoncello before. We enjoyed it in Italy and decided to try making it because it was way too expensive in the States. It was a fun project and definitely worth the wait. DH loves it in tea.
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    Default Re: Anyone Brew their own?

    I've known a few people who brewed their own wine, but I don't do it myself. I don't have any advice, but good luck to you!
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    Default Re: Anyone Brew their own?

    This is something I've always been interested in. Would love to try Watermellon wine, but then I don't have the patience or the time to try brewing my own. Good luck.

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    Hey Kim - do you still have the recipe you used? I'd prefer to use one that I know works out .....

    I don't think I would ever try beer (hate the stuff) and wine ???? well I leave in a winemaking region so I'd rather leave it to the experts but fruit liquors etc are interesting so I'm going to give the limoncello a go - maybe even try a limecello at the same time ... mmmm limes .... mmmmmmm :luv:
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    Default Re: Anyone Brew their own?

    I'd love to give Limoncello a go--love the stuff--and I bet DH would really like a limecello....

    I've done Kahlua, and DH used to brew quite a bit--he's done mead and several different kinds of beer. We still have all the equipment in the garage but it doesn't get used much.
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    I'll see if I can find it Fee!
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    Default Re: Anyone Brew their own?

    I can't find the recipe we used, but most of the ones on the internet seem to be similar. Some things I remember:

    ~ A higher alcohol content helps with the infusion process. We used Everclear Grain Alcohol (190 proof or 95% alcohol by volume. It's a neutral spirit ~ absolutely no flavor. I would use the highest alcohol content by volume that is a neutral spirit available.

    ~ When you remove the zest from the lemons, make strips. Don't zest like you would for cooking. It will make it easier to remove when it's time to strain.

    ~ Gently swirl the alcohol/lemon zest mixture every day for three weeks. At this point the zest should have lost it's color and you can strain, then add the simple syrup mixture.

    ~ I used a damp cheesecloth draped over a strainer to remove the zest from the alcohol. But I had really tiny zest like you use in cooking which is why I made the note above about zest. My fine mesh strainer wasn't even fine enough to catch the little buggers.

    ~ After adding the simple syrup I let the mixture sit about 2 more weeks to let everything blend, then transferred to smaller bottles and stored in the freezer.

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    Default Re: Anyone Brew their own?

    mmm mmm mmm mm mmm thanks for the hints Kim ......
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    Default Re: Anyone Brew their own?

    i've wanted to try making anisette. from what i can figure i can just steep anise seeds in some sugared vodka to make something pretty similar. yum.

    i made a citrus wine once by leaving some sugar syrup i made on the counter in a container for a couple weeks. by accident. lol. it was good actually. the taste i had. maybe i should try it with watermellons.....

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