How to make your own alcohol

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How to make your own alcohol
A little strawberry or peach flavour makes a sweet summer drink. (Bottle with alcohol and wineglasses image by Oleg Guryanov from

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.

Skill level:

Things you 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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  1. 1

    Put the funnel into the opening of the milk jug.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    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.

  8. 8

    Store the drink in the refrigerator.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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