I have brewed a little in the past using kits, but it was a long time ago in the States. As far as I know it isn't really legal here in Japan, but you can buy the equipment and the fixings for both beer and wine.
Back when I was a kid I brewed a nettle beer from a recipe I got from a Euell Gibbons book. I must have used baker's yeast. It wasn't an alcoholic beer though there would have to be some, as would a homemade root beer. I think he said around one half percent. I bottled in screw cap PET bottles. Well, one of the bottles blew up. I ran down in a panic and took the cap off a bottle to relieve the pressure. Not smart. It blew the cap off in my hand. I wasn't hurt, but the room was a sticky mess and smelled of nettle beer for six months or more.
So, here is my question, Have you got any exploding bottle stories?