DailyDirt: Making Spirits Bright

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There was a time when making your own alcohol wasn't a completely legit thing to do. Sure, now anyone can just go down to a corner store almost any time and pick up a chilled alcoholic beverage, but if you're a real do-it-yourself-er, you won't want to drink just anything that comes in a pretty bottle. Here are a few projects you might want to check out someday when you're not feeling like guzzling something made by Anheuser-Busch-Inbev-SABmiller. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Feb 2016 @ 5:12pm

    Keurig-like beer?

    Will they let you use non-PicoBrew packs of hops/grains/stuff?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Feb 2016 @ 5:22pm

    Make trash-wine or moonshine

    I'll leave a link to one of my favorite YouTube channels where he explains how to make mock-wine or moonshine.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvVtw2PKCyY

    His usual schtick is to dissect cheap Chinese LED lights and electronic crap, so this is a little different for him, but interesting.

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    Jake, 1 Feb 2016 @ 10:07pm

    It's not real moonshine unless it's made in a still cobbled together out of old car and septic system parts by someone who unironically listens to banjo music. Even I know that and I'm from Europe.

    And the PicoBrew actually looks like a really interesting and useful bit of kit, but I think they could stand to de-emphasise the use of premade ingredient kits; that's fine if you're just starting out and teaching yourself to use the equipment, but if you don't start having a go at your own bespoke ales then you're missing the point.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Feb 2016 @ 1:30am

    Having premade beer kits is just silly, and the PicoBrew makes it even sillier. All you're doing with a picobrew is buying someone else's premade beer that you have to wait 2+ weeks to drink. Why not just buy a few six packs from you favorite brewery instead? You've had exactly as much say in how it's made.

    I love homebrewing, but using a kit means it's not your beer. Most of the fun comes from varying your recipes and seeing what you end up with, whether it be awesome or awful.

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      Pixelation, 2 Feb 2016 @ 8:24am

      Re:

      "Having premade beer kits is just silly"

      Premade kits are great for beginners. Kind of like training wheels on a bike.

      The old bread idea is interesting although I'm curious how they prevent a stuck mash.

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    alternatives(), 2 Feb 2016 @ 7:38am

    Food "waste" to booze - the 1970's are calling

    And David Blume wants to remind you its been done.

    http://www.permaculture.com/David_Blume_Bio

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