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Homemade Balloon Wine

Many of us are intimidate by the process of making homemade wine. The process can seem mysterious, and of course, there are all of those specialty supplies that one needs to purchase from a wine supply store before you can even begin. One alternative to buying expensive equipment and storage containers for producing a homemade wine is using a balloon.

To make homemade balloon wine, you simply need a sterile glass container, a latex balloon, and a rubber band. The wine produced in this fashion is generally stronger and less sophisticated, but it's a way to experiment with winemaking before investing in expensive supplies.

Homemade Balloon Wine

1 package of active dry yeast (found in any grocery store in the baking supply section)
4 cups granulated sugar
1 12-ounce can juice concentrate (you can use any juice except from citrus fruit)
4 quarts water
1 sterile gallon glass jug
1 large latex balloon
1 rubber band

Mix the yeast, sugar, and juice in the jug. Fill the jug up with water. Rinse out the balloon and fit it over the opening of the jug. Place the rubber band over the balloon. Place jug in a cool dark location for one day. The balloon will start to expand. The sugar in the wine will turn to alcohol and the gasses released will fill the balloon. When the balloon completely deflates (usually in one to two months), the wine is ready to drink. Enjoy!

If you are serious about making homemade wine, check out this book. It has tons of homemade wine recipes and advice. It is also a great value and even includes some free bonuses.