Homemade Wine


This wine making recipe yields easy homemade wine. You can choose whatever flavor you like, but my favorite is red. To complete this project, you will need a sterile milk jug, a large latex balloon, and a rubber band. This wine is a bit stronger than regular table wine and is excellent for cooking and drinking.

close up view of two bottles of Homemade red Wine
Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
42 days
Total Time:
42 days 5 mins
1 gallon


  • 4 cups sugar

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen juice concentrate - any flavor except citrus, thawed

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 3 ½ quarts cold water, or as needed


  1. Combine sugar, juice concentrate, and yeast in a 1-gallon jug. Fill the jug the rest of the way with cold water.

  2. Rinse out a large balloon; fit it over the opening of the jug. Secure the balloon with a rubber band.

  3. Place jug in a cool dark place. Within a day, you will notice the balloon starting to expand. As sugar turns to alcohol, gasses will release and fill up the balloon. When the balloon has deflated, wine is ready to drink. It takes about 6 weeks total.


Use a frozen juice concentrate without added sweeteners for best results.

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