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LE­GAL OR UN­LAW­FUL?

Amer­i­cans can make up to 100 gal­lons of wine an­nu­ally. If you’re mar­ried, you can dou­ble that. Again, this varies by state.

WILL IT KILL YOU?

Nope. “Spoiled wine won’t hurt you,” says True Brews au­thor Emma Chris­tensen. “The al­co­hol kills any­thing truly harm­ful, but it’s def­i­nitely not pleas­ant to drink.”

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED

You can’t make good wine with bad in­gre­di­ents. “Work with ripe, in-sea­son fruit or good-qual­ity fruit juice,” says Chris­tensen. And re­mem­ber, grapes aren’t the be-all and end-all. “Wines made from any fruit are fool­proof,” she says. “Mix fruit, wa­ter, sugar, and yeast, let it sit for a while, strain, bot­tle, wait a lit­tle longer, and presto, you have wine.”

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