May 17, 2005
it might be illegal
Thanks to one of my commenters, I now know what I'm going to do with all of those blackberries in my yard. I'm going to pick them and make a batch of "home-made wine." I haven't tested by ancient brewing skills in a while, and I think now is the time. I'm going to just throw the berries in a pot, go buy some sugar and yeast and clean up my old fermenting kit.
I figure that by the end of next week, I should be ready to cook this stuff and allow it to percolate for a while in the fermenter. When it's through blowing bubbles and hissing like a baby alligator, I'm going to put the finishing touches on it. THAT part just may be illegal.
What the hell? I can do it on my back porch and I don't think any of the neighbors will complain. They might WANT SOME, but they won't call the cops. Besides, I calculate that the most I'll get out of this project is about two quarts of QUALITY "home-made wine." That doesn't put my face on a Wanted poster at the Post Office, does it?
I'll give away and drink one quart. The other one I'm saving for the next blog-meet. BWHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!
Nah, most states have provisions for home brewing.
Just don't try to sell it.
Blackberry home brew? Sounds killah, Rob. Enjoy.
You reminded me of an old story, which I just had to write up. Heh. I presume you know what you're doing a lot better than I did at the time.
Distilling brandy, are you?
Hey, I know this is not realy legal, but put a quart up for sale to your readers, I bet ya get a few bids on, not sure how you would ship it though, call it gut rumbles home remedy..
Good luck. You're going to need a HELL of a lot of blackberries to get 2 qts of liquor.
ARCS, you haven't seen the size of that blackberry patch in my yard. Plus, I can always augment the brew with some fruit juice if I'm a little short on berries.
I don't doubt you have access to the amount of berries necessary, friend. I'm just thinking that 5 gallons of mash at 10% alc by volume distilled in something that's 100% efficient would give you 64 ounces of alcohols (plural intended). And while getting the 10% abv might not be too hard with blackberries, some good healthy yeasties and a dash of yeast nutrient, getting the 100% efficient still will be impossible.
So, a 75% efficient still means you have to start with about 7 gallons of must, which means you'll probably need 20 gallons or so of berries.
It's going to be quite a back porch operation, I'd guess.
I've learned to get my mash to 20% alcohol in my 5-gallon fermenter. You do the math from there. I believe that two quarts (once cut with water to hold a 100-proof bead) is reasonable.
Besides, if you go much beyond 40% ABV (80 proof) you loose most of the flavor -- I have heard this from other people and don't have any direct experience on this though...
Check out these people:
The Amphora Society
Especially this link:
A mighty fine Crab Cooker if I say so myself...
Freezing would probably be best for a small-scale operation -- again, heresay, not direct experience...
I was just wondering if anyone could tell me if
it is legal to make homemade wine in Florida.
Thank you for your time.
home made wine is leagal throughout the united states and canada, most countries have provisions for the home brewer.
home distillation is another matter entirely
some basic math
sugar to alcohol yeilds aprox 52% by weight
alcohol is aprox 0.8 the weight of water
starting with a 23 litre 30% sugar solution will yield just over 7 litres at 100 proof (50 %)
so at 40% abv 8.875 liters will be your product
converted to imperialis just over 2 quarts.