How To Make Your Own Wine

Wine in Keg

Well I guess I had to try it eventually.

I actually did a very old batch back when I fist started brewing beer in 2010, using the ghetto rigged gallon water bottle jug and balloon method.. I’ll explain this too.

The size of the batch is up to you: I did 1 gallon for the first rig and 5 gallons for the second one.


These Outlines are fairly basic but provide all the steps to making your own wine.

My main advise, like with anything, is just to go for it.


Ghetto Rigged Method     
Difficulty Level: Mindless (Caveman could pull it of..)
  • Gallon water jug (any jug bigger then a liter or 32 fl.oz. really)
  • balloon
  • sugar or grape concentrate (the more the higher the alcohol levels/ sugar will make more of a champagne tasting beverage)
  • water
  • funnel
  • needle
  1. Rinse Jug
  2. Put sugar or concentrate into jug
  3. Add water
  4. Shake
  5. Add yeast
  6. Poke small holes into the top of the balloon
  7. Put the balloon over the top
  8. Let sit for 2 weeks top
  9. Any yeast, I’ve used bakers yeast from Publix and it works just fine.
  10. Enjoy!

(warning. May NOT taste like your favorite Pinot Noir or Cabernet)




Not so Ghetto Rigged Method
Difficulty Level: Caveman with resources
  • 5-6.5 gallon Glass carboy preferably
  • air-lock or blow off tube.
  • grape concentrate, or specialty grape extract from a brew store
  • water optional
  • funnel
  • Auto-siphon helpful for racking into bottles or keg?!?!?!
  • Yeast, try matching yeast with desired wine. Found at brew store. (Ex. Red wine yeast for red wine )
  1. Sanitize equipment, I use Iodophor, many things work just stay away from soap.
  2. Add concentrate or extract. Can fill up rest desired amount with water. (we used 5.5 gallons of concentrated grape juice, very sketchy)
  3. Shake
  4. Add yeast, can make a starter but not necessary.
  5. Let sit for at least 2 weeks.
  6. Enjoy!

(warning. Also may NOT taste like your favorite Pinot Noir or Cabernet)




Ya I’m racking the wine in a corny keg.

And it worked perfectly, actually I even pressured it and tapped it through my kegerator. This might of been a little over board but that just shows how much i despise bottling. Plus it was a good conversation piece,

“wine on tap”





Let me know if you want to see anything else. I’ll be sure to post more when I brew up another batch of wine.

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Alex Winkler

Since early highschool Alex has been tinkering with online projects. Now, Co-founder of Enzlo Inc, a software and web company that established itself by developing it’s own email marketing software, online selling platform, and subscription sites. - Instagram

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