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How should I convince my mom that my beer isn't poison?

I think the first step in attempting to change a belief of another person is always to understand why they hold that view. That can even help with determining how likely you are to be successful. For ...
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Can home-brewed mead be dangerous?

If you are using honey, water and yeast. Then the answer is NO. But alcohol is a poisonous substance if not used properly. You cannot make it strong enough to "poison" you in the traditional sense. ...
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How to make alchohol in jail?

Any fruit juice that will ferment. Apple, grape, orange, peach or whatever sugary concoction you can get your hands on. Raisins are especially good. Prunes. Tomatoes. Fruit Cocktail. Packets of sugar. ...
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How should I convince my mom that my beer isn't poison?

To the other answers I would add: point out that you're working from a kit. Like prepared kits for bread-machine bread, stir-fry sauces, and spice mixes, your beer kit is designed to minimize ...
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Acidity regulation of home made wine, berry wine or cider?

First thing, pick up a basic winemaking book. All of this is covered in there. If you have an Acetic acid problem, then you have vinegar not wine. If you just have high tartaric acid, you can do a ...
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How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?

If you want that oaky, smokey flavor the best way to do it is with toasted oak. At a home level, most people opt for cubes or chunks of toasted oak. At a professional level, the insides of barrels are ...
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Elder flower champagne best to use natural yeast or add a wine yeast?

I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Your description of your earlier wine makes me question you: Have you used a hydrometer to calculate the alcohol percentage of your ...
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Is it necessary to add sugar when brewing wine?

Sugar is always a necessary component of the brewing process. However, adding refined sugar is not. In the case of wine, the primary source of sugar is from the grapes themselves, which of course ...
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'Hooch' - origins of the word

Hooch means "cheap whiskey" and here is the origin of the term: hooch (n.) Also hootch, "cheap whiskey," 1897, shortened form of Hoochinoo (1877) "liquor made by Alaskan Indians," from the ...
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How to make alchohol in jail?

An acquaintance of mine who did time claimed he used Five Alive to make jail brew. But then what can you believe from inmates! Prison brew generally does not taste all that great. Here is one way to ...
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Brewing in a rented space/place.

Can you brew in an apartment? The short answer is yes. Here is a nice read. I brewed my first batch of beer in my tiny Syracuse apartment while the snow piled up outside. Some people are ...
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Brewing in a rented space/place.

The only concern I'd see right away would be making sure you don't lose your deposit if you have a blow out during fermentation and beer sprays all around. I've not done it in an apartment, but I ...
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Brewing mead with fruits

Let me see if I can answer your questions. I have years of experience with making beer, wine and mead... No, leave the apples alone until fermentation is done. No, the alcohol will stop any rotting. ...
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Brewing: Which temperature should I ferment ale beer at?

Short answer: 17-20C (62-68F) is good for ales. The temperature of fermentation is exceedingly important for the final beer. Too low (< 15C) can cause the ale yeast to go dormant, stalling the ...
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How should I convince my mom that my beer isn't poison?

Perhaps your mom is thinking that home brewing is like home canning, where a mistake can have disastrous results like growing botulism toxin. A little research into that problem shows that one of the ...
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How to tell if my home-brewed mead is safe/ready to drink?

Unless you used unsafe water or honey, it is safe to drink at any time. The alcohol in the mead effectively keeps it safe for consumption. The fact that it smells good is a good sign and even with ...
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How should I convince my mom that my beer isn't poison?

Does she bake? If she does, and especially if she bakes bread, then ask her how you know her baked goods aren't poison. Beer has been known as liquid bread for many centuries for good reason; it ...
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