I had an email today from someone near Portglenone who wanted to know if I could recommend (or give) classes on wine-making. Naturally, I was suspicious. Did this person really need advice or did he have some nefarious reason for seeking my counsel? I was tempted to recommend the ancient tome First Steps In Winemaking by C.J.J. Berry which I threw out years ago (it was in tatters) but instead said soothing things. I couldn't remember the name of the Berry book so Googled 'ancient wine-making book' and it came up straight away.
What I would have liked to advise my Bannside friend was this,
Take three pounds of anything flavoursome and fruity (or vegetably).
Steep it and add one bag of sugar. Lidls is good for cheap sugar.
Add one teaspoon of yeast with added nutrients.
Fiddle about racking and so on for a few months. Sterilise everything.
After about six months bottle. Sterilise everything.
After about three months fall to and get pissed.