Last year a buddy and I made up a batch of spruce beer, as an experiment. We were both very pleasantly surprised at the outcome. It wasn't bad at all. Certainly better than anything brewed with pure Rocky Mountain sewer water (i.e. the little brewery in Golden, Colorado)
Sorry, I was raised in Colorado. I've seen and smelled that water. Ugghh!!!
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My Dad used to make home brew all the time when I was at home. I wish I had gotten his recipes before he died, but didn't think of it. I'll ask my Mom if she still remembers how to make it and post the recipe. BTW anyone ever get into moonshining and bootleggin? WalMart has a beer making kit for sell, I don't know how good the stuff is.
That was before my time. I have no idea how much money they made (big family secret I guess), and what ever money they had they lost during the stock market crash in '29. I wish I had my Great Grandma's recipe though/
I used to have her recipe tucked inside an old cookbook, but I lost the cookbook in a basement flood!
I do remember though that they key ingredient was natural Kentucky Springwater - she had a particular spring that she liked to draw her water from. The other ingredients were grapes and sugar, but I don't remember anything regarding how much, or how to put it all together.
She would have been insulted if anyone had called her wine "bathtub gin" but that was sort of what it was. According to my grandpa (she was his mother) it was made in a big galavanized wash barrel over a fire in the backyard. It probably never even occured to her that what she was doing was very illegal. She just knew that people wanted it, and would give her money for it, and her family needed the money. If you boil it, they will come!