How to make your own alcohol

Updated April 17, 2017

Making your own alcohol at home can be a fun hobby that requires only a few simple ingredients and some cheap tools. Done right, you can make a gallon of alcohol in less than a week, with no cooking or filtering required.

Put the funnel into the opening of the milk jug.

Pour the yeast, sugar and fruit juice concentrate into the jug.

Put the lid on the jug and shake the mixture together.

Take off the lid and use the funnel to fill the milk jug with water.

Put the cap back on and slosh the mixture around while holding the cap down with one hand.

Take the cap off and stretch the balloon over the mouth of the jug.

Set the jug in a cool area for about three days. You will see the balloon fill with gas from the alcohol forming in the drink. The drink is ready when the balloon deflates.

Store the drink in the refrigerator.


The longer the drink sits, the more alcoholic it will become. Add the drink to crushed ice for a fruity summer treat.


Choose juices that are not acidic to make the best alcohol drinks. Strawberry or peach juice makes some of the best batches.

Things You'll Need

  • Small funnel
  • 1 clean plastic milk jug
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 can juice concentrate (defrosted)
  • Water
  • 1 large balloon
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