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Is it necessary to add sugar when brewing wine?

I was asking a few people irl about brewing wine and they were all stressing the need to add sugar to grape juice. Is it really necessary to add sugar? I find it surprising since, as far as I'm aware, ...
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How to tell if my home-brewed mead is safe/ready to drink?

Good day; So, I made some very simple mead, about a month ago. There's about 2 liters; in a simple bottle and a home-made airlock. It's about 35% honey, the rest is bottled water, about half a ...
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Can I use bentonite for clarifying beer? [closed]

So, I have a 5 liter dark style beer batch which completed the fermentation. It's a bit cloudy at this moment even after racking. I have some pure bentonite clay lying around and I want to use it to ...
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How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?

I often make wine from kits. I'm a bit bored with the flavour and would love it to taste smoky and oaky. How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?
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Acidity regulation of home made wine, berry wine or cider?

What are methods to regulate acidity of home made wine after it is become "a little bit too acid"? Somehow remove acid (especially acetic acid) or transform one acid to another (weaker, softer) ...
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Brewing: Which temperature should I ferment ale beer at?

I want to brew beer and I wonder which temperature I should ferment it at? I want to brew ales like IPA and Pale Ale. What difference does different fermentation temperatures have on the beer? Are ...
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Elder flower champagne best to use natural yeast or add a wine yeast?

I have had much success making Elder Flower champagne in the past by adding the flower heads to large container of water, add sugar and little lemon for taste and leave for 2-4 weeks to ferment before ...
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How to make alchohol in jail?

I have heard about being able to make alcohol in jail. How would that be done? I imagine the the ingredient list would be limited like thing that would only be found in a cell. Anybody have first hand ...
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Brewing in a rented space/place.

Can you brew beer in an apt? I could let it age in my closet, or the balcony storage shed.
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Brewing mead with fruits

This is my first time homebrewing. I'm making mead with apples but noticed that some of the sliced apples lies above the liquid level. Do I need to push them down? Will the apple rot and spoil the ...
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Can home-brewed mead be dangerous?

I want to home-brew some mead because why not , plus it seems pretty easy to do. My question is : Can any mistake in the brewing process make the drink "poisonous" ?
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How should I convince my mom that my beer isn't poison?

I recently picked up a Mr. Beer DIY Northwest Pale Ale Beer Brewing Kit, and when I told my Mom I was brewing some homemade beer. She said she wouldn't drink it because it might be poison. Is there ...
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'Hooch' - origins of the word

I would like to know the real origins of the word (terminology) 'Hooch'. I have done some research here and here. However is there another point of view? If I make my own, can I call it 'Hooch'?
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