Booze for Free: The Definitive Guide to Making Beer, Wines, Cocktail Bases, Ciders, and Other Dr inks at Home

By Andy Hamilton

Your bar tab doesn’t need to cost a fortune. how you can develop, forage, and brew your solution to sturdy spirits with the same quantity of priceless proof and enjoyable that stirred the moonshine craze!

A unmarried cocktail can fee you $15 in a bar or eating place. yet domestic brewer and self-sufficiency specialist Andy Hamilton can exhibit you ways effortless and affordable it may be to make basic hop brews, beautiful wines, and scrumptious infused spirits—all from simply grown or foraged materials. Booze for Free stocks a wealth of important info, including:
• Home-brewing 101
• the way to flip your backyard right into a drinker’s paradise
• the place and the way to forage with success
• how one can make greater than a hundred scrumptious beverages on your most popular style and strength--quickly, affordably and with minimal fuss
• And more!

For readers who love THE DRUNKEN BOTANIST, a advisor to creating scrumptious (and inexpensive!) drinks at domestic.

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