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Why not brew wine and make beer? Non native speaker so I can't fully discern the difference.


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I prefer to keep things simple and just drink them :) – coleopterist Feb 26 '13 at 15:21
RASPBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES LYRICS - KINGSTON TRIO: "Ah! les fraises et les framboises et les bon vins [que] nous avons bus. // La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. // Raspberries, strawberries, the good wines we brew. // Here's to the girls of the countryside, // the ones we drink 'em to." – user21497 Feb 26 '13 at 16:01
up vote 5 down vote accepted

It seems to me that the difference has to do with the technical process. Beer is boiled, steeped, mixed with wort, cooked and so on. Liquor is distilled and wine simply ferments. Unless you boil and sweeten the wine with spices and such. Then, wine is mulled.

Tea is brewed also because the process of infusing and boiling and steeping is part of what it is to brew.

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Dan is right. Look here: etymonline.com/index.php?search=brew – lexeme Feb 26 '13 at 14:32
I suppose beer was a skilled craft like cooking while wine just magically happened without understanding wwhy – mgb Feb 26 '13 at 17:23
Some wines require a boiling process to extract flavours; elderflower and dandelion are two. Of course, the word 'wine' is often used in the more specific sense. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 26 '13 at 23:05

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