Turn Any Fruit Juice Into Homemade Alcohol
Making your own alcohol in your home sounds fun, but it is a long, complicated and sometimes expensive process. You need all kinds of equipment, and when it’s over, it’s a couple of weeks or months.
If you want to try home-brewing without all the hassle, one of the most painful ways to do this is to start with fruit juice. Low clear on the xoJane we tested this method using two different types of powdered yeast to see which produces the highest alcohol content. Here’s how to do it for yourself.
What you will need
Large bottles of fruit juice 100%
Baking powder pack
A lock (like this one)
Hydrometer (optional if you want to measure alcohol content)
You can use any type of juice you like, but it should be 100% juice-free preservatives, and preferably at least 20 grams of sugar per serving. Claire uses a product called Clave her Juice, which is a powdered yeast kit that includes a generic yeast lock and packet of champagne from a household goods store.
Measure yeast powder
Since Clave’s juice powder was divided into 1 gram packs, Claire used a kitchen scale to measure a gram of champagne yeast to create an accurate comparison.
You can use it more or less, depending on how high a percentage of alcohol you want.
Step 2 Add the yeast to the juice powder
Pour powdered yeast into your juice bottle and screw the lock.
Now let it sit for a few days. They sprout when fermented. If a juice enters the airlock, while simmering, remove it and rinse it, then put in place. You can pour some juice on top if it is too much foam.
This is what Claire took care of about 72 hours:
The bottle has the right to the usual champagne yeast in it, which produces a much higher percentage of alcohol than your juice package point. If you have a hydrometer, you can measure ABV using this formula:
ABV = (original gravity – final gravity) / 0.736
You can find more photos and details on the differences between the two bottles in Claire’s tutorial. If you are interested in getting more information on homemade brewing, be sure to check out some of our other items, or maybe even try your hand at Pruno Prison (aka aguardiente).