If you like aged wine or other elite alcoholic drinks, this recipe will not fit for you. But if you are into cheap ways to get drunk or plan to make a big party without much money,this is the best instructable for you. Im just using very basic materials that you can find in your kitchen without going in a brewery shop. It only costs between 1 to 3 dollars for a liter depending on the price of sugar in your country. This recipe comes from the articles i read about pruno (prison wine), kilju (Finnish alcohol) and kool aid wine. Brewing your own alcohol is one of the easiest thing that you can do at your home. In my instructable i used 1.5 liter bottle. But you can use 10 liter bottles or even 19 liter bottles (I've tried maximum 10 L but 19 L will work too)
Step 1: Things We'll Use
You will need
- Water or Fruit Juice
- Kool Aid packets (this is for flavor, add it if you are not using fruit juice) (optional)
- Bread Yeast (you can use champagne yeast if you can find, its better)
- Ballons or fermentation lock (optional)
- Plastic water bottles (min: 1.5 liters)
Step 2: Preparing the Sugary Water
Heat the water. Iftransparentyou are using fruit juice, be sure that it doesn't contain chemicals to prevent bacteria, this will kill the yeast too. Then add the sugar. Sugar water ratio must be 3:10. So if you are using 1 liter water you must add 300 grams of sugar (1L water is 1000 grams.). Half mass of the sugar that will be used by the yeast and become CO2 and the other half will become ethanol as a byproduct of energy production. This means at the end you will have %15 alcohol. If you are using fruit juice, look at the nutrition facts on the surface of the juice. It must be written how many grams sugar the juice contains in 100 ml. It is usually between 15 and 25 grams, so add 50-100 gram sugar for a liter. Also never use a juice that contains artificial sweeteners rather than sugar. Yeast can't ferment them. Stir the water sugar mixture until it becomes transparent again.
Step 3: Adding the Yeast
Pour 100 ml of your sugary water mixture in a small cup. Cool it to 38 C. and then add your yeast. Wait 30 minutes or so and you will see the bubblings. You can use dry yeast, instant yeast or fresh yeast, it doesn't matter. Then when your main mixture cooled to 38 C pour the yeasty water in sugary water.
In my city there is no brewery shops near me so i am using the yeast for bread making. Although they are the same species ''Saccharomyces cerevisiae'', champagne yeast is better because it has a higher alcohol tolerance so it can survive in even %17-18 alcohol. Traditional yeast will die in %14-15.
Step 4: The Balloon
You can use an airlock or balloon, but you really don't need it. Just don't seal the cap of the bottle too hard, be sure that air can go out. If you don't close it enough, there can be invaders like fruit flys, who contains vinegar bacteria, a bacteria that turns ethanol to acid, and contaminate your mixture. If you seal it too much it will explode because of the gases.
If you are using a balloon, pierce 2-3 small holes with a pin and put the ballon where the lid of the bottle. The balloon will rise after 1 hour or so
Step 5: Wait
Wait like 2-3 weeks until your products will stop fermenting. If you can't see or hear any bubbles forming or your cloudy water will become more clear because the dead yeast will fall down to the bottom of the bottle, it means ended. You can see the muddy sediment at the bottom. I dont mind to drink it but if you mind Just pour your alcoholic kilju/wine in another bottle and try not to take sediments at the bottom. After that wait a day or two and you will see that there is an another layer of sediment in the new bottle. This is the remaining yeast. Pour it again in a new bottle. It is done
Step 6: Flavouring
Step 7: The Final Product
Congrats, you made kool aid kilju/wine. You can trick your friends and act like it is a cool cocktail that you would pay 20 $ at fancy bars