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How I Became A Brewer - Part 2

Fast forward from a freckle-faced kid baking "Apricot Bubble Bread" and other yeasty delights, to the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in 1979. During my sophomore year we were required to take a Speech class, and one of the speeches we had to give was a "How To" speech.

My speech was on how to load a backpacking pack for proper weight distribution. My fellow classmate, Patti Ruff, gave a speech on "How to Make Wine." I was completely entranced and ran straight out to pick up some Welch's Grape Juice. Here is Patti's original recipe (from my original notes, which I still have):

PATTI RUFF'S BALLOON GRAPE WINE

18 oz. Welch's grape juice concentrate (1 large & l small)
4 cups Sugar
1 pkg Yeast

1 gallon jug
large balloon
rubber bands
5 ft. tubing (optional)

In large bowl combine ingredients plus warm water to reconstitute (65°-70°). Pour into gallon jug. Add warm water to make one gallon. Adjust water or sugar to determine sweetness and alcohol content. Cover with balloon and rubber bands for about 3 weeks - until balloon deflates. Transfer to pop bottles with tight lids (with tubing or pour off). Makes one gallon.

That winter I made a lot of very strong wine for our household of five college girls. (Legal drinking age was 18.) I experimented with every blend of grape juice concentrate the store offered: grape-apple, grape-raspberry, grape-peach. We offered them to our party guests and cut the alcohol with 7up. It was a heady time.

Photo Above: Teri at 20 years old, bottling home-made wine. With a white daisy in my hair.

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