Instant Pot WINE – grape juice to wine? | FERMENTED

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

Greetings my beautiful lovelies, it’s Emmy. Welcome back. Today I’m going to be making Instant Pot wine. And, as a disclaimer, if you are not 21 or over, do not make this recipe. Thank you! Alrighty, so I first learned about this recipe from the FoodNService blog, in which David Murphy makes wine using a bottle of grape juice and a packet of yeast and a bit of sugar. When I posted this on social media, you guys overwhelmingly said “Yes! Emmy make it!” So, here I am to show you what I did two weeks ago to get me to the state of wineness. Alrighty, let me walk you through the steps of how I got here. So the first thing I did was went to the supermarket and bought a sixty-four ounce bottle of grape juice. And this is 100% grape juice — there’s no sugar, nothing added to it — just Concord grape juice. Once we have our bottle of juice, we’re gonna remove some of the juice so we have enough room, so we can add our one cup of sugar. So add that in there and shake it really well. It’s gonna take a couple minutes to make sure that everything is well dissolved. So once the sugar is dissolved, we’re going to add a half a packet of yeast. And this is the yeast that I ordered. It’s wine yeast: it’s made for wine making specifically. It’s not the same type of yeast that you’d use to leaven your bread. So we also want to sanitize the inside of our Instant Pot. So take out the liner, put it in your sink, add about a tablespoon of bleach, and lots of hot water. And fill it all the way up and let that soak for a few minutes, and pour that out and rinse it really well with more hot water. Now place the liner back into the Instant Pot and then pour our juice/sugar/yeast mixture into the instant pot. Then we’re going to return the remaining juice; we’re gonna seal the Instant Pot and then turn the vent to “open”. Then we’re gonna press the yogurt setting. So we want to make sure it’s at less because we want this to be at 80°F. Set it for 48 hours and every 6 to 8 hours, we’re going to turn the vent to “open” to “closed” — just alternating. So what exactly is happening when we are adding this yeast to the grape juice? So once the yeast gets in contact with the juice, it becomes rehydrated and active and starts consuming or eating up the sugar…. in the juice, and of course the additional sugar we added. As a byproduct of that eating, alcohol is made. Another example of this kind of fermentation process would be, say, my sourdough starter. I’ve got a culture or population of yeast and bacteria. I feed it flour. The yeast and bacteria consume the sugars that are in the flour. And as a by-product, they produce CO2 gas (carbon dioxide gas), which leavens the bread, and it also produces small amounts of alcohol. So after forty-eight hours, you’re gonna open up your Instant Pot and you’ll be overwhelmed with the smell of yeast and grape juice. I did it right before I went to bed and my entire kitchen had this very strong smell of yeasty Concord grapeness. I’d have to say it wasn’t exactly pleasant. And, of course, I had to give it a taste. And it was really horrendous: very yeasty, and I think what was most unpleasant is that it was very warm. Just boozy, yeasty, grape-y in a way that was not pleasant, and just terrible. It just tasted really, really horrible. Also, it was warm. Very very warm: kind of almost body temperature warm, so it’s just really unpleasant. And I think I was just really surprised at how alcoholic it tasted. So, at this point, you pour your warm wine back into your original grape juice bottle; then you take your lid and you put it on top and you put it on very loosely (just a half a turn) and then take some packaging tape and then put the packaging tape around the lid. But don’t put it on too tightly! So the yeast is continuing to consume the sugars that are in your wine and in doing so it’s going to release more CO2 gas. So the tape is to ensure that the lid doesn’t fly off. But we also want to have enough give so that the gas is released. I’ve also seen people use latex party balloons and you can see it kind of inflate and then you can burp it by releasing it. Now we’re gonna place this whole thing at room temperature in a dark place and let it rest. Now David said his was ready in eight days and you know when it’s ready when you no longer see bubbles appearing in your wine: that means all of the sugar has been consumed and that the CO2 gas has been released. Now after eight days, mine was definitely not ready. I still saw some bubbles. So I let this sit for a full two weeks. So let’s go ahead and see what it’s like. Take off all this tape. Alright, what’s it smell like? Hmm. I still smell some of the Concord grape notes, but not nearly as strong. I also smell a little bit of kind of a wininess too – yeah, it doesn’t smell bad. It seems weird to be pouring wine out of a juice bottle, but here we go. Alright. Look at that. It’s a little bit cloudy. It’s certainly not clear. Let me see if it has any legs. You’ll get little rivulets that kind of come down the wine glass and that’s an indication of how much alcohol is in there. There: right along the edge of the wine there, you can see some dripping legs. You see that? There. Right there. You can see a little bit. It’s the moment of truth. Let’s give our Instant Pot wine a taste. Cheers! Hmm… Wow! It’s definitely wine. There’s definitely some alcohol in there, for sure. You can actually kind of taste the alcohol fumes before you even drink the wine. I don’t really care for it. It’s definitely improved since when I tasted it warm, which was horrendous, and it is pretty smooth. I just don’t care for the flavor. It tastes a lot like grape jelly. Mmm-hmm… Maybe if this was aged a bit longer, it would mellow out a little bit more. It’s pretty sharp. But, having said that, I still made wine using grape juice, sugar, some yeast, and my Instant Pot. Pretty stinking cool! Alrighty, I hope you guys enjoyed that one. I hope you guys learned something. Please share this video with your friends, follow me on social media, like, subscribe, and I shall see you in the next one. Toodle-oo, take care, bye! Toodle-loo, take care, bye! *loudly burps* Oooh, that was a really gutsy one!


Hellcat M

Apr 4, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

I wonder how it would taste if you put a little less sugar and added cocoa powder (or kept all the sugar). Some wines have a slight chocolate taste. Sounds interesting though. I don't have an instant pot though.


Apr 4, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

You don't need the cooker to make this

knots nchains

Apr 4, 2019, 1:49 pm Reply

so, hillbilly wine is to take out 1 cup of juice, add 1 cup sugar and half pack of yeast. tighten lid and shake, then loosen lid and tape down, leave until it's wine…. same idea, no INST POT…. <- saves having to clean the pot…


Apr 4, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

Try using the fancier glass bottle juices!

Bill W

Apr 4, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

Eat peanut butter toast while drinking it

Logan Dean

Apr 4, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

I love how everyone’s acting like this is new. Homebrewers have been doing this much simpler and way better for a long time.

friendly911 OS

Apr 4, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

In my province in Canada, age of majority is 19 NOT 21, you should say "age of majority" and NOT "under 21".


Apr 4, 2019, 5:11 am Reply

made something like this in my twenties in jail!

ranger nation

Apr 4, 2019, 5:36 am Reply

You don't need the pressure cooker.

Elijah Noles

Apr 4, 2019, 10:00 pm Reply

Get the yeast stick in a cup of grape juice heat it, set the yeast in for 20min

Pure into the juice shake put lid on , put tight party balloon over it, unscrew lid with balloon on…


Scrumptious Dingo

Apr 4, 2019, 1:43 am Reply

Not illegal to make wine if under 21 you have to be 18 to make it but to drink it you have to be 21


Apr 4, 2019, 7:33 pm Reply

To make the old Roman version of wine throw in some lead pieces when its cooking in the pot.

Giuseppe Maccarrone

Apr 4, 2019, 9:39 pm Reply

“This video is not sponsored. Just making wine”

Holy crap!! I am out of me! I will try to be polite: this is pure shit. Showing and sharing this crap it’s a fucking shame and shows zero respect towards thousands of years of wine making and towards the though work you have to do in the vineyards to make high quality grapes, the starting point to have a good wine. Not attempting to produce this poisoning and disgusting drink.

The problem is not with recipe, instead it’s cultural and technical: the problem is the moronity and the indifference that allows anyone to do shitty stuff confusing other ignorant people about the absolute non sense. I regret to have seen this disgusting video in my home page and I warn you to be more respectful and to do some fucking research trying to be respectful and humble! Instead of being almost proud of producing and sharing shit!

Grape jelly? Don’t care about the flavor!? You fucking kidding????

No waaay!! No fucking way.

Noctu Sova

May 5, 2019, 1:02 am Reply

Maybe if it works with cranberry juice, apple juice, or even just white grape


May 5, 2019, 6:47 pm Reply

You have to degas the wine to release carbon dioxide after your primary fermentation, then you have to put it into another bottle for secondary fermentation. After that you can back sweeten it to your liking and if you want let it rest. There is no need for the Instant Pot – the yeast will ferment at room temperature.

Jim Groff

May 5, 2019, 7:06 pm Reply


The Henry House

May 5, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

I know this is very random, but I love all your clothing in your videos. Where do you get them?
*I love watching your videos. We are going to try and conquer the dragon's beard this weekend. ?

mark amburgey

May 5, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

you can use any juice even frozen reconstituted and you can use bread yeast you should however soak your yeast in warm water before adding but whatever it will work.. pretty much any combination of something with sugar in it and adding yeast and keeping it all clean from contaminates will make wine no worries though even if you mess up it will probably just turn into vinegar


May 5, 2019, 1:53 am Reply

I don't believe I could wait that long to have a glass of wine….lol.


May 5, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

When time to drink try not to disturb the bottom because that will shake up the waste at the bottom of the container, or better than that rack the wine by using a hose to siphon all the wine to a new container, and leave all the gunk in the bottom of the old container, and the wine is now called racked and it will be clearer, and some people let the new container set over night and rack the wine for even a second time, and the objective is to have as little of any of the gunk in the wine, and this is why people look for clarity in the wine as a measure to see how well the wine has been racked. However, I found it actually cheaper just to buy Franzia Chillable Red Wine 5 liters boxed for under $11.00 before taxes compared to all the labor, time, money for the juice sugar and yeast; however, when the boxed wine for 5 liters gets to like $15.00 I will go to making my own wine as well because then it would be worth it. I did not know to look at the glass after a swirl to see the effect on the glass just above the wine to see the evidence of alcohol, and that was a good point for more visual knowledge. EYE 5

Shanna Sweger

May 5, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

Do you need to use the bleach?

John Kashka

May 5, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

After 3 or 4 glasses it probably tastes better

John Black

May 5, 2019, 9:05 am Reply

Some of the world's best wine makers are inmates.

Elijah Noles

May 5, 2019, 7:37 pm Reply

To much sugar ….half a cup of sugar…tablespoon of corn syrup….
5 days fermentation…
1 day with disolved campden tablet in the fridge..

Boom bootleger water


May 5, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

I don’t like wine, but I love cider… I wonder if I can do this with apple juice?


May 5, 2019, 4:56 pm Reply

Buy a gas lock for 3 bucks or make one.. your yeast will work longer and you will make drier wine..

Scott Marshall

May 5, 2019, 7:39 pm Reply

If you use less/no added sugar will it improve flavor. Sugar just makes alcohol, not good flavors. The natural grape juice already has plenty of fermentable sugars. You need not heat it either, it will take longer, but taste better if fermented at room or even cellar temperature. Longer post fermentation aging will greatly improve the flavor and clarity. You can also get isenglass or finings from the Brew/Vintners supply to add after fermentation and these will help coagulate and settle out the cloudiness.
Love your channel!

Brenda Owens

May 5, 2019, 6:04 pm Reply

It’s going to have to sit longer.


May 5, 2019, 5:28 pm Reply

Noticed u left ot with a cap on wrong, the primary fermentation doseny need a closed lid

Charlemagne The Fraud

May 5, 2019, 4:24 pm Reply

This is not instant it takes a couple of days


May 5, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

I Love Wine !

David M

Jun 6, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

Inferior method. Obviously by the look on your face. That's NOT how to make wine. I've done better in a correctional facility. Go to a brew store.

Hunter Johnson

Jun 6, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

Im guessing if you did this with freshly crushed grapes or even pure, no sugar or preservative grape juice, it would taste much better. I imagine you could use the same method, but with more steps. Lol. Great veideo Emmy!


Jun 6, 2019, 7:27 am Reply

You can do this without using your Instant Pot, and you can use any 100% juice. Get your favorite flavor. Take the jug of juice, pour out 2 cups. Put 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar into the jug, add 1/2 teaspoon of bread yeast, (you don't need wine yeast) SHAKE it until the sugar is dissolved. Loosen the cap until it will dance on top when you squeeze it without it coming off. Put it in a dark warm place for 30 – 45 days. Don't touch it until there are no more bubbles, The top will be calm. You can adjust the sugar to your liking, If you like it sweeter add more sugar, or less sugar if you don't like sweet wine. Recipe is from DoingitCheap on YouTube. When you did it in the crock pot, you did not use enough sugar. Just remember ( 1-1-1/4 ) 1 quart of juice, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of yeast and let it sit for 45 days.


Jun 6, 2019, 7:35 pm Reply

Now I heard to activate the yeast quicker you actually ad a shot of alcohol like a whiskey or high octane vodka. Does that actually work or is that a wives tale


Jul 7, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

21 and over only or 18 and over for most of the world lol.

Miss Priss

Jul 7, 2019, 3:28 am Reply

Will it get you drunk? If so, mission accomplished!!

Calvin Taft

Jul 7, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

tape? balloons? Just go to a homebrew store and invest the 2-6 bucks for an airlock. you can use it forever and its a lot safer

Joe Joe

Jul 7, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

You can get cheap, good wine from Trader Joe’s which is probably cheaper than the grape juice.

Levi Nelson

Jul 7, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

Can this be done with other juices?

The Doorman

Jul 7, 2019, 12:07 pm Reply

U were so excited to open it

Ju Z

Jul 7, 2019, 10:47 pm Reply

I need this

petite lili

Jul 7, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

I learn so many new words watching your videos. Thank you


Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

Please don’t add hot water to bleach. I’ll pretty much kills the effectiveness of bleach. You can clean with cold water and bleach; then rinse with hot water afterwards.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:23 pm Reply

Age is 18 in some locations…. and I don't know if there is a law against underage MAKING, just underage DRINKING!!


Jul 7, 2019, 11:28 pm Reply

Wine out a juice bottle… wine out of a box… WHAT'S THE WORLD COMING TO??!! 😉 (BTW- I enjoy your videos! Keep 'em coming!)


Jul 7, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply

Did you let the wine breathe?? Did you aerate it, or decant it? Did you check for sediments? (might not be much because the grape juice was already processed.) Alcohol content max at 12.5% (which is all the yeast can give you.) Using the balloon method is good because this limits back flow of air/oxygen into the bottle during fermentation. When the bubbling slows air can enter and can cause oxidation degrading the flavor. Darker reds are less affected by this due to the preservative action of the tannins and sugars, but it can be a factor, especially as you returned the juice to the bottle while well above room temperature. Breathing allows for better release of the aromas and softening of the tannins. This might (and I have to emphasize 'might') improve the quality of your small batch wine. Paying attention to the nuances of wine making can allow this "tiny" batch method to produce a "drinkable" wine, but I wouldn't try to market it. 😉

Brian W

Jul 7, 2019, 12:23 am Reply


Dulcina Mallough

Jul 7, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

I love Concord grape I can't remember how to spell the name besides Concord grape. The wine is so good. It starts with an M. Taste just like grape juice

Michael Gutman

Jul 7, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

Perhaps, another two weeks it would taste better.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:40 pm Reply

It reminds me of college when we made banana wine in the lab but we messed it up so we just put real liquor and passed lol


Jul 7, 2019, 12:01 am Reply


Cris Joel

Jul 7, 2019, 5:35 am Reply

First time I see you not like something

David Dearmond

Jul 7, 2019, 6:54 am Reply

Try a taste test using the same technique but with different juices (apple, Cherry, blackberry, etc).

Doug Kurtz

Jul 7, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

You definitely don’t have to bleach the instant pot. Fermentation is one of the world’s oldest forms of preservation. Soap and water will be fine.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

Let the wine age for a few months the wine will mellow

Lee Williams

Jul 7, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

These comments lol

Heide Carrion

Jul 7, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

You can also use a non-lubricated condom. It has more room to inflate.
Also, you can use any juice that is in one of those bottles. As long as it's 100% juice with no added preservatives. You may enjoy the flavor of apple or another juice better. The longer you age it, the less sweet it becomes.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:24 pm Reply

legal drinking age is 18
not sure what kind of backward country you come from but stay there

Danger Dawn

Jul 7, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

I like heavy dark semi sweet wines.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:12 am Reply

Should be titled “Emmy makes Pruno!” Love your videos!!

Ezperanza Luis

Jul 7, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

Hey Emmy holla at me


Jul 7, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

In Denmark there is no minimum age for drinking alcohol ?? in the shops you can buy beer, vine aso at the age of 16 and strong alcohol at 18 yo ?
I personally started drinking when I was 12

Vincent Richnomd

Jul 7, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

In high school me and my friend made wine with cool aid and ease


Jul 7, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

I’d be so scared I left bleach in there even though it’s used to disinfect water

Cauasia Rush

Jul 7, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

Emmy, lets be honest… 99% of the people making this are under 21.

Chantal Acosta

Jul 7, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

Did she just made prison wine

alvis hunter

Jul 7, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

That is not wine. It's called hooch.

Firstname Lastname

Jul 7, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

Emmy: seems weird pouring wine out or a juice bottle
Me, a slav: excuse me?

daniel Leo

Jul 7, 2019, 8:58 am Reply

You shoud rehydrate/activate the yeast in warm water before putting into the wine…


Jul 7, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

Under 21 me: hell yeah!
Me now (over 21 but broke): hell yeah!

Stacie Godwin

Jul 7, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

I watched your dandelion wine episode so I had to come and watch this one!! Love how you explain everything so well!! Love ya personality also!!

Lawn Fascist

Aug 8, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

I was hoping you were going to just turn the jug up and get after it. hahaha.

Truth Freak

Aug 8, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

I believe the bleach was too much. I think the ratio is 1 to 2 drops from a dropper for 10 gallons…

Fast doggo

Aug 8, 2019, 10:23 pm Reply

Grape juice is disgusting, change my mind.

joseph hansen

Aug 8, 2019, 1:47 am Reply


Izzy 369

Aug 8, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

And did I mention it was warm…

Garrod Saxon

Aug 8, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

During prohibition they sold kits (which were completely legal) to produce homemade wine in this manner. Prohibition was, of course, a complete failure as alcohol consumption actually significantly increased. Not to mention it causes the rise of organized crime. And "the war on drugs" has done exactly the same thing for narcotics. Good work, America.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:40 am Reply

Can I use a crock pot to do this?


Aug 8, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

I know this is silly to ask, but this is considered red wine correct? Lmao!

meranda seeber

Aug 8, 2019, 6:53 am Reply

I liked this cite video. I'm not trying to be mean but i liked it a lot more because it wasn't too long of a video

P Pipe

Aug 8, 2019, 12:36 am Reply

Tried this in Alaska, wouldn't ferment. Preservatives or some shit. I use Red Star bread yeast to ferment sugar mash all the time. Works fine. I use it to make fake Kambucha.

Robert Griffis

Aug 8, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

How do you get rid of the methanol?

Manuel Medrano II

Aug 8, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

My cousin told me how he learned to do this, after he learned to do it in jail. lol

he also taught me to cakes and pizzas with uncooked ramen noodles lmao…

Josh Zeidner

Aug 8, 2019, 7:53 am Reply

Welches has a lot of added flavor, definitely a lot added to it despite the claims on the label.

Jade Wilson

Aug 8, 2019, 8:07 am Reply

Emmy boo I luv u girl, but u lost me at “bleach”. I’m not one of those “wash ur dishes wit bleach” ass bishes. ??

Wesley Cooper

Aug 8, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

You don't need the instant. Don't need wine makers yeast. Active dry bread making yeast works just as well. Take 5 tov10 days rack or filter it through cheese cloth or sterile gauze. Chill It in the fridge foe a while. I make it by the gallon with all kinds of juice. Blackberry is best. Delicious.

Richy’s RadioRoom

Aug 8, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

You can totally use baking yeast and there is no need to heat it.

Christopher Sprague

Aug 8, 2019, 11:56 am Reply

What's the AVB?

David Pursel, Snake Hunter

Aug 8, 2019, 6:05 am Reply

That stuff will definitely give you a massive hangover.

Joshua Skillman

Aug 8, 2019, 7:00 am Reply

I wanted to let you know that you should have strained it after. This removes the dead yeast, makes it less cloudy and improves the taste. I recommend a coffee filter for this process. I've done this many times and if you want a better tasting product use actual fruit to make the juice. I make some killer strawberry, blackberry, blueberry and yes even grape wine.

As a side note if you do not strain it the yeast can leave you feeling very gassy if you decide to drink a few glasses in one sitting.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:43 am Reply

No need for the instapot at all. It takes about two weeks to make wine from grape juice, if you rack it to get rid of the leese then maybe 3 after racking on the second week. No wonder this was cloudy and tasted bad.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

16 and I made this?

rhino ranger

Aug 8, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

Yeast poop ?


Aug 8, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

Bet it tasted better carbonated


Aug 8, 2019, 3:12 pm Reply


Cathy xox

Aug 8, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

Can you share how you made your sourdough starter & bread from that please?


Aug 8, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

Is it possible to do this in a crock pot?


Aug 8, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

When I was in high school I would sneak into my friend moms kitchen and we drank the cooking sherry and filled it back up with water so we wouldn't get caught.

Pug Nat.

Aug 8, 2019, 6:33 pm Reply

Lmao I skipped the disclaimer and I actually made this, and I served it my parents and they got mad

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