MNN Galleries

7 things you can make instead of buying

pouring hops into homemade beer

Photo: ilovebutter/Flickr

3 of 9

Beer and wine

If you enjoy a flavorful glass of wine or an ice cold beer, try making them yourself. The challenge of making a homebrew can be an exciting, enjoyable process as you experiment with new flavors and perfect your personal ale. And making DIY wine provides an opportunity to get hands-on with nature — picking flowers, fruits and plants — and reap Mother Nature's tasty rewards.

Here are some articles and recipes to get you started:

• 3 DIY wines you can make at home

• Making your own gorse wine and nettle beer

• Simple homemade beer

Pair your wine with a homemade meal or save some of that brew and try out one of our delicious beer recipes. (We recommend the cheese and beer bread.)