Originally Posted by unionrdr
I can't imagine it'd taste very good. But it is similar to those kits for brewing liquors that they add flavor to. It's not distilled,but I'm not sure it's legal here anyway.
It is legal. Pallateble? I don't know. But it is legal.
Technically it would be a 'sugar wine' that is a wine made exclusivly from sugar fermentables. It would differ from Mead in that it has no honey flavors backing it up.
It is likely to finish with 'hot' flavors and ABV (5 us gallons, and 13lb of sugar) around 12-14% if you use typical yeast - if you use something with low tollerance, it will finish lower.
My experience with vanilla extract is that it has a harsh flavor even when sweetened, and the flavors won't be good. I'd certianly not do 5 gallons on an experiement. I know sugar is cheap - about $.50/lb. Making it much less per pound that DME (and perhaps all but large purchases of grains). But again, I don't think this will ferment out nicely.