Balloon Wine

"This isn't fine wine, but its homemade, fun and easy. The results will be varied depending on the kind of fruit, sugar content, yeast's fermentation, temperature. This recipe uses juice concentrate, but you can make your own juice from grapes or plums. Don't use citrus."
photo by Anthony B. photo by Anthony B.
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Ready In:
1008hrs 15mins
1-2 bottles




  • You will also need: 1 gallon glass jug (I guess you can use plastic, but I never did); 1 extra large latex balloon and a sturdy rubber band; 1-2 empty wine bottles or bottles of choice.
  • Combine the yeast, sugar and juice in a gallon jug.
  • Fill the jug the rest of the way with cold water.
  • Rinse out the balloon, and fit it over the opening of the jug.
  • Secure the balloon with a rubber band.
  • Place jug in a cool dark place.
  • Within a day you will notice the balloon starting to expand.
  • As the sugar turns to alcohol, the released gas will fill up the balloon.
  • When the balloon is deflated, the wine is ready to drink.
  • It takes about 6-weeks total.
  • Carefully pour wine into empty bottles without disturbing the sediment.
  • Discard the sediment.
  • Cork and tape the bottles closed.
  • The wine can be drunk now or aged, bottles on their side, for a year if you like.
  • But the younger it is, the yeastier it'll taste.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Jimmie B.
    Is it common for liquid to fill into the balloon
  2. Rob Z.
    It's been over 6 weeks and the balloons are still full. Should I rack to other bottles or wait?
  3. Jason B.
    It has been more than 8 weeks and my wine balloons are still fully inflated. What does this mean? Is the wine ready since it has been over 6 weeks? Thanks
  4. CODY B.
    After i have the juice,yeast, and sugar in the jug should i put the water in and then the balloon or should i mix or shake the ingredients?


  1. Chef Dragon Neraye
    I've made this in the past. I made the mistake of using the artificially sweetened juice concentrate plus the four cups of sugar. Let's just say that I had 17% alcohol by volume. Normal wine is around 12% I think. Anyway, I wanted to say NEVER use plastic bottles. They can explode. Did that making mead once, and my parents thought someone was shooting a gun in the house. Live and learn.
  2. Michelle M.
    Help!!! I made this the 2nd of May, it's now the 11th of September and my balloons still haven't went down. Also I made 4 gallons and have strained 2, both have left a nasty mess on the bottom of the bottle after being strained over 8 times through coffee filters. I've made this before and never had these problems. Any ideas what is wrong? I only used 1 cup of sugar.
  3. Lexi D.
    So yummy and easy!!! I made mine from homemade grape juice:) Only fermented for 5 weeks, but still a perfect alcohol level (it was surprisingly strong!). This next bit is really weird, but each to their own. So i had a problem with my balloons popping and couldn't get an air lock. So I rinsed a condom and used that instead, they stretch to insane levels, they don't degrade and worked perfectly (despite people laughing at the odd display in my garage). Definitely recommend if your struggling with balloons popping and dont have airlock.
  4. Yvette G.
    OMGeee Its only been 10 days now for 2 of the 3 gallon containers and the balloons are GINORMOUS ! What should i do? please share them with me this is my very first attemp at blueberry grape wine. ... I was given 10 gallons of blueberries & didnt want them to go bad. Help pls
  5. Cheryl G.
    Directions forget to say that you need to put a couple small he's in balloon. Mine exploded on day 4. Luckily I had an extra airlock so I was able to quickly replace rubber balloon. Can't wait to taste. Much cheaper than the wine kits.


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