Found this on the internet. Sounds pretty darn easy. Might give it a go.
Freaked Out Hippie Wine Recipe
2 - 12 oz. cans frozen grape juice
3 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar
1/3 cake of yeast (Fleishmann's is best)
A large Balloon and some strong string
One Gallon Jug
First, set the grape juice out to thaw, until slushy. Next, mix the sugar thoroughly in with the grape juice. Pour the sugar and juice, into the gallon jug. Dissolve the yeast in a cup of lukewarm water and add to the juice mixture in the gallon jug. Mix everything thoroughly. Now add just enough lukewarm water to fill the gallon jug up to about 2 inches below the neck. When this is done, place the balloon over the top of neck and secure tightly with a string or heavy duty rubber band.
NOTE: This must be an air tight fit!
If you have followed all directions carefully, the balloon will soon start to expand with the gas, caused by the fermentation. Store the mixture in a cool area, 60 to 75 degrees is ideal, for a period of from 3 to 6 weeks. Check the balloon every other day. If the balloon expands too the point of bursting, untie and allow the gas to escape and then reseal. Be sure to reseal tightly to make it air tight once again. When the balloon ceases to expand, the wine is done.
WARNING: Do not bottle this wine before it is done fermenting. Bottles may exploded from excessive pressure.
Strain your wine with a cheese cloth or a tea towel and pour into bottles. Cap or cork bottles and store on their sides in a cool, dark place. All that's left now is to enjoy yourself, man.
I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman around the same time period. We actually had 5 gallon cans of 190 proof grain alchohol. We denatured it to make rubbing alchohol because it was cheaper than just buying rubbing alchohol. Since it was a controlled substance, it had to be accounted for, but sometimes a quart or so of the good stuff would "spill". Mixed with grape juice, it wasn't bad, but if you were using a paper cup, you had to drink fast before it ate thru the cup.
I had a similar experience with "Doc" Graham, our corpsman. I could get the lemons for the mix and he furnished the booze. It would in fact melt the wax on the paper cup.
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We went to a wine /beer supply store and got some advice and supplies. We bought a vaporlock, yeast, corks, and a hygrometer. We came home and made a batch with the frozen grape juice concentrate. Hopefully, we'll have some luck! I looked into brewing beer at home and that 'looks' pretty easy. After the initial supplies are purchased, the clerk said that homebrewed beer can cost about $20 for 3 cases. That might be next, I don't really care for beer but I have lots of relatives/friends that do!
You go, GoDogs! I warned ya though. You'll be hooked. I'd like to try my hand at homebrewing beer, sooner than later.
I also purchased wine kit #5 yesterday, a sauvingnon blanc this time. I will be bottling this wine for my niece as keepsakes for her wedding guests. There are lots of printable labels out there and many Etsians who are itching to design them for you.
As I was bottling another 30 last night, I realized I hadn't needed to purchase any other equipment since the original kit, with the exception of a $17 bottle drying rack. It's hard to get those things to balance upside down otherwise, and they sure make a racket when they fall. My point is that I found a great low cost hobby and for some reason I have many more friends. Go figure.
Kittykath. The wine is bubbling away on day 3! We did a little research and ordered a beer kit,too. Like I said, I am not a drinker but I do like to bake/cook and this is similar. The videos on YouTube about wine/beer making are amazing. Thanks for starting this discussion. If I get a good batch of wine, I'll be so pleased!
I've been making the Welch's grape wine for years. I use gallon jugs with fermentation locks, because it's too darn difficult to find big balloons and I had was embarrassed to have a jug with a condom on top sitting in my laundry room! Anywoo...I made a couple batches right after Christmas. In one I used 1 can of pomegranate cranberry juice and 1 can of white grape juice and 5 cups of sugar (that's the amount my recipe calls for)...it was excellent. The other is spiced rum wine. Use 1/2 cup of dark molasses one stick of cinnamon and four cloves instead of a fruit juice. It's pretty stout stuff, but really good mixed with diet Coke!
Usually I let my wine ferment for 6-8 weeks, put it in the refrigerator to cool because that helps the precipitates drop to the bottom on the jug, then I syphon it into a different jug and after that I run it through a funnel with a coffee filter to clear it up a little more.
The lady who started me making bottle wine told me to mix the sugar and water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and simmer it until the sugar is completely dissolved then letting it cool before adding to the jug. Something about acid in the lemon juice starting to invert the sugar. I've always done it so can't say if it works better than not. In fact she told me to boil and cool all the water that I use to remove any chlorine etc, that might be in the water. Since chlorine kills microorganisms it can affect the yeast.
GoDogs, I do the same thing as the recipe posted on the top of the this page only I use 4-5 cups of sugar which is probably why I need to ferment it longer and I invert the sugar. Which amounts to nothing more than dissolving the sugar in water and adding about a tablespoon of lemon juice and simmering for about 15 minutes. I use about 1/2 tsp of regular baking yeast dissolved in water. I know that wine making yeast is better but seldom get anywhere to buy it.
Just a quick update. We made the Welch's frozen grape juice conc. wine. It took 2 weeks! We 'racked'it,(siphoned to another container to leave sediment behind) 3 times. We got 10 bottles of crystal clear, ruby red wine. I don't know enough about wine to give it a desciption. It tastes, to me, like a red variety of Yellowtail. I would rate it as a success! BTW: we have 23L of Lager beer fermenting. This should be ready for bottling in 7 more days. If anyone is interested in making beer, check out http://www.makebeer.net/