Are you a wine connoisseur or a person of refined tastes? Well this article is not for you.
Every once in awhile we come across something fun, and through HomebrewTalk we found something fun; Mountain Dew Wine. What's not to love about Mountain Dew and wine; two of life's treasures along with love, puppies and ALF.
I know the prospect of making such an artisan drink as "Brew the Dew Wine®™", patent pending, seems daunting but it's quite easy and I will guide you through it.
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New to Wine Making? Don't worry, we were too at one point. Whether you're just getting into making your own wine, or getting back into it after a hiatus, it makes sense to start out with what you need, and not all the fancy extra bells and whistles.
Go to the local store and buy 3 gallons of Mountain Dew, cans or 2 liters, doesn't matter. Just make sure to tell the cashier it's not for you, word of you buying all that Mountain Dew might get around town. Depending on the town it will either bring scowls when you're in public or people showing up to your house wanting a drink, neither things you need right now in life.
Purchase the following if you don't already own them, buy these online to avoid anyone local truly knowing what you're doing, else those scowls will turn into whispers while you walk by:
3 teaspoons Yeast Nutrient
1 package Lalvin EC-1118
Sanitize your carboy, bung and airlock with Star-San. Pour all that nutritious, good for your bones, Mountain Dew into the 3 gallon carboy. Put on the bung and airlock to keep anything out and let it sit until the carbonation is completely gone. I would also recommended shaking and agitating to speed up the carbonation loss. You want that Dew to be as flat as West Texas. Some people have stated it might take three days, for us it was two.
Fire up your stir-plate and make a starter. If you're not familiar with starters we have a great article to walk you through it. How to Make a Yeast Starter. Sodium Benzoate is not a fan of yeast so that starter needs to be super-powered. You might consider pitching even more nutrient when it comes time.