I bought some Welch's blackberry juice, and I just added some yeast to it. I've put it in a large bottle to give it plenty of room for any foam that it might make from the fermentation. Hope it tastes good! My counselor, who is from France, is encouraging me to learn to make wine, and her husband even gave her a bag of tiny cubes of toasted oak to use for aging my wine. They're supposed to make wine oaking quicker, but I should only use a few of them because they're chopped so small. I don't want to overpower the wine with oak vanilla flavour.
My goal is to make a wine that my mum and my counselor will both enjoy. I'm also working on fermenting a dry white grape wine. Maybe it'll have fewer lees (dead yeast and other sediment) in it. Dunno about the blackberry wine though - it was not pre-strained. It's made from blackberry juice mixed with pear and grape juice, so it should be interesting.
I'll also have to get some cheese to go with the wine that I'm making. I'd like to give some of the wine I make to my counselor to thank her for her help and encouragement too.
Also been thinking of micro-distilling some rum, though that would be kinda risky business. It's technically illegal to do that, but I'd love to make my own rum with its own personality and such. Maaan, I wish it were legal to make distilled spirits for personal consumption. I mean, there are instructions online on how to avoid foreshot and stuff like that. It's a shame that if I were to distill it without a license, I'd be moonshining.
But making wine and beer at home is quite easy, and fermented fruit juice is completely safe to drink. That begs the question: Why do so many under-21's risk getting caught using fake IDs when they could often easily just ferment their juice at home? In many places, you don't even need an ID to get the yeast and stuff. Even in places where you do need an ID, you can use ambient yeast (yeast is practically everywhere) or if your mother or grandmother has any, you can use that too. You can even make yeast cultures and save them. I mean, if a teenage boy could make his own nuclear reactor (and yes, that did happen) then a teenage boy can brew his own beer and wine. You'd have to find your own flavourings though, like maybe horehound, a kind of mint, instead of hops cones. Or make some mead by mixing honey with water and waiting for it to fizz.
Just don't drive after drinking your creation, and don't let anyone who drank it drive. Also, if you are distilling anything (which is illegal in the US for some rhetorical reason) then please do NOT drink the first 100 milliliters that come out (depending on how large of a batch you're making) because it is methanol, which is poison. If you do happen to drink the methanol, then drink the ethanol to keep it from severely damaging your body. You may have to drink a lot of it though. For some reason, ethanol keeps methanol from butt-raping your eyes and kidneys. Methanol is also a component of antifreeze. If a kid or pet drinks it, give them ethanol - it'll save their lives and keep you from feeling like a totally horrible parent. But also call the poison control center and the hospital.
But yeah... making wine is awesome. I'd also like to get some rum or whiskey to use for making my own vanilla extract. Wonder how Jack Daniel's vanilla extract would taste