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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

Balloon Wine

Sure, anyone can buy wine, but a cool person makes their own!


  • 1 can of frozen juice concentrate (No added sugar, no citrus)

  • 4 cup sugar

  • 1 pkg cake yeast

  • ¾ gal water

  • Small bowl of warm water


1 gallon glass jug (Plastic jugs work too)

1 thumb tack or regular tack

1 large balloon or a carboy

1 rubber band

Fine mess colander

Cheese cloth



  1. To make is easy to get the juice into the wine jug, allow the concentrate to unthaw into a liquid.

  2. Pour juice concentrate into the container.

  3. Pour the yeast packet into a small bowl of warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

  4. Pour yeast and water from the bowl into the container with the juice.

  5. Add the sugar

  6. Top off your wine jug with water.

  7. Add the balloon, poke 4-6 holes in the tip before putting the balloon over the opening of the jug. Once the balloon is in place, wrap a rubber band tightly around the opening of the balloon to keep the balloon in place.

  8. Place the jug in a cool dark location. Sometimes balloons can leak or rupture, so pick a place where they can make a mess. A well-drained site like a guest bathroom shower or a temperature-controlled garage with a drain is a good choice, just in case. Within a day, you will notice the balloon starting to expand. As the sugar turns to alcohol, the gas released will fill the balloon.

  9. When the balloon deflates, the wine is almost ready for the party! This process usually takes between 6-8 weeks. Be sure to put a date on your wine so you won't be guessing how long it's been sitting there.

  10. You won't want to drink wine with sediment in it. Slowly strain the wine through a fine mess colander lined with cheese cloth. You might have to repeat this process two or three times.

  11. Bottle or enjoy immediately.

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