7 Tools for the DIY Drinker

The making of one's own booze is a practice that extends into prehistory and has outlasted countless empires (as well as Prohibition). These seven tools will help you create your own crunk.


Cooper's DIY Beer Kit

Beer is the oldest and most widely consumed adult beverage on the planet and has been around almost as long as agriculture has (some even argue that beer is what spurred farming in the first place). While I'm not suggesting you go farm your own hops (I mean you can if you want), you can continue the home-brew tradition. The Cooper's DIY Beer kit will have you sipping suds in four simple steps: just mix the ingredients with sugar and water, brew it , bottle it and enjoy. $117

Sparkling Sensations 4 Bottle Champagne Kit

Regular wine turns into the sparkling variety due to a secondary round of in-bottle fermentation. With the 4-bottle kit from Sparkling Sensations and your own white wine, you'll be able to pop open your own bubbly the next time you're celebrating. Just don't call it Champagne (it's trademarked, you know). $70


Your Fruit! Country Wine Kit

Falling somewhere between Jungle Juice and Sangria, Country Wine can be made from virtually any kind of available fruit. This kit has all of the supplies you need to make 5 gallons of fruit wine, so go wild with that Raspberry-Mango Syrah you've been dreaming up. $120


Archer's Orchard Hard Cider Kit

If you enjoy a drink with less alcohol than beer and more sugar than Kool-Aid, you're going to love brewing your own hard cider. The Archer's Orchard Kit can turn a two-gallon apple juice into cider in just two weeks. $55


Artful Winemaker

No, you don't need to stomp your own grapes. The Artful Winemaker provides you with all the necessities, from the grape juice to wine stabilizers and clarifiers, to create 12 bottles of your own vintage in 28 days. $150


Home Brew Sake Full Ingredient Sake Kit

Sake wine's 16% ABV has roughly the same kick as the grape-based variety. This all-in-one kit includes all the ingredients to make 2.5 gallons of Japanese rice wine. You will have to provide your own rice cooker though. $40


Woodinville Age Your Own Whiskey Kit

While you still can't distill your own spirits (See 26 U.S.C. 5601 & 5602 for some of the criminal penalties. Thanks Feds!), there's no law against aging your own. The Woodinville Whiskey Kit comes with two 750 ml bottles of 110 proof White Dog un-aged whiskey and a 2 liter aging barrel. Pour the whiskey into the barrel, wait 3-6 months, consume. Or you can cut out the middle steps and just drink 110-proof un-aged whiskey like a badass. $150


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