We haven’t brewed beer, but this past summer we started making wine. My husband came home from work with some berries and asked if I knew what they were. He thought he’d put some in his cereal and mentioned that a retired co-worker used to make wine from them. I did a little research and learned they were mulberries and the wine making adventure began. We learned as we went along. Two of the bottles later burst open when they were on their sides, so I guess they weren’t done fermenting. Hopefully the others will be OK.
We moved onto blueberry wine, red grape, second wine from red grape, and then concord grape. They’ll be ready at Easter at the earliest.
Then, after tasting a sample at the wine making supply house, we made a chocolate raspberry port that was ready for Thanksgiving. We gave it away as Christmas presents and it was fabulous.
In the meanwhile, we don’t have a basement and live in a tiny cottage, so part of the coat closet was turned into a “wine cellar”. http://www.catholichomeandgarden.com/Food%20Security/Wine%20Closet%202.jpg