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How to Brew Beer - Home Brewing Getting Started - Popular Mechanics - StumbleUpon. Serious about making large batches of beer?

How to Brew Beer - Home Brewing Getting Started - Popular Mechanics - StumbleUpon

Splurge for a propane-powered rig with a three-tiered brew stand. This setup, by Indiana-based Blichmann Engineering, costs about $2000 and features a trio of 20- to 30-gallon pots and gas burners that put out 216,000 Btu per hour. (The high heat quickly boils large amounts of liquid, shaving hours off the brewing process.) More casual or budget brewers can make do with one big pot, heated on a common kitchen stove. Sanitize Yeast and sugar are beer's building blocks—but they're dinner for flavor-spoiling bacteria.

TIP: Use a large container (a wallpaper tray will do) filled with sanitizer to douse hard-to-wash items, such as tubing. Old-Fashion Homemade Fruit Wine. Let yeast sit in warm water.

Old-Fashion Homemade Fruit Wine

Add all other ingredients into a container that will hold at least 2 gallons. Make sure sugar is dissolved completely. Add yeast and stir. Cover container with a bag and string or use an airlock for wine making. In about 2 months you will have some fine homemade wine. Strain off fruit and filter out sediments. VERY IMPORTANT:You can taste the green wine, but let it sit and age about another 2-3 weeks before completely indulging. Caramel Apple Shots. Photo: Michelle Oddis Once in a while, a party trick comes along that grabs our attention.

Caramel Apple Shots

Food blogger Michelle Oddis of That's So Michelle loves making caramel apple shots we can't imagine anyone would turn down. Using, wait for it, real fruit and time-tested formulas for tasty, jiggly shots that stay put in their edible "shotglasses," Michelle's gotten Food Republic on the gimmicky Halloween bandwagon we've been resisting so fiercely. Try out these irresistible boozy apple treats (and don't hold your breath for a candy corn cocktail on our end). Here's what you'll need: 10 small granny smith apples 1 envelope knox gelatin 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 drops yellow food coloring 1 envelope Land 'o Lakes caramel hot chocolate (regular would do just fine if you can't find caramel) 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butterscotch schnapps lemon juice Halve and hollow out apples, cutting them from the stem down using a melon baller or spoon. Cut halves in quarters and those quarters in half again.

Skittles Vodka Tutorial. Ridiculous mixed drinks. Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise (Pokemon Shot and Cocktails) Ingredients: Squirtle-1/3 shot spiced rum1/3 shot coconut rum1/3 shot blue curacao Wartortle-1/2 shot spiced rum1/2 shot coconut rum1/2 shot blue curacaoFill with Mountain Dew Voltage Blastoise-1 Squirtle1 Wartortle1 shot light rumFill with Mountain Dew Voltage Directions: For the Squirtle shot, simply pour all three ingredients into a shot glass.

Ridiculous mixed drinks

Homemade Liqueurs. With no special equipment required, homemade liqueurs are very easy to make!

Homemade Liqueurs

At the Base of it All Most homemade liqueurs start with vodka. This spirit is an ideal base for liqueurs because it's colorless and flavorless, making it the perfect blank canvas. Try creating some of the most popular liqueur flavors, like coffee, amaretto, and Irish cream--they all rely on vodka for their kick. Thirsty Thursday. Since I'm going to have the house to myself this weekend I'm thinking about having some fun in the kitchen.

I've been looking around on Pinterest for some yummy recipes to play with. The possibilities are endless ! Homebrewing 101. Extract Brew Day Brewing beer with malt extract is the starting point for most new homebrewers.

Homebrewing 101

The process requires minimal equipment and procedures, while still producing quality beer at home.