How to Make Homemade Wine Out of Fruit Juice

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How to Make Homemade Wine Out of Fruit Juice
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While most people consider wine to be made from grapes, the truth is almost any fruit can be fermented into wine. You can even make homemade wine out of store purchased frozen fruit juice with very little equipment. Homemade wine can be ready to drink in around 60 days, but the longer you allow it to age, the better it will taste.

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Things you need

  • 3 cans frozen fruit juice
  • 1 gallon milk jug
  • Water
  • 0.227kg. sugar
  • Wine yeast
  • 2 balloons
  • Straight pin
  • Empty bottles with lids

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  1. 1

    Allow the frozen fruit juice to thaw completely.

  2. 2

    Wash thoroughly an empty 1 gallon milk jug. Pour the frozen juice into the jug.

  3. 3

    Add 0.227kg. of sugar to the jug, replace the cap and shake to dissolve the sugar in the juice.

  4. 4

    Add six empty fruit juice cans of water to the jug.

  5. 5

    Add the packet of wine yeast to the jug. Wine yeast can be purchased from your local brew shop. If you cannot find wine yeast, you can use three packages of regular baking yeast.

  6. 6

    Poke three small holes in the top of one of the balloons with the straight pin. Keep the second balloon in case the first one breaks.

  7. 7

    Stretch the open end of the balloon over the opening of the milk jug. Use your finger to push the closed end of the balloon into the jug.

  8. 8

    Set the jug in a warm place to ferment. Within two days, the balloon should rise out of the jug and remain expanded until the fermentation process is done. This will take approximately 30 days.

  9. 9

    Remove the balloon from the jug when fermentation is complete. The balloon lying flat against the jug totally deflated will indicate this.

  10. 10

    Slowly pour the wine from the jug into clean bottles. Take care not to disturb the sediment on the bottom of the jug. You can also use plastic tubing to siphon the wine from the jugs into bottles. Cap the bottles and store in the refrigerator until ready to drink.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean, empty soda bottles make great wine bottles as they can be capped tightly with the screw on lids.
  • According to Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, an individual can make up to 100 gallons of wine a year at home.

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