Odd Recipe Homemade Wine from Grape Juice

Old Recipe

During prohibition some wineries stayed in business by selling wine bricks, which were pressed and dehydrated grapes. The bricks could be hydrated and fermented to make home made wine. I can't imagine the wine was very good but that was the easiest way to get some table wine.

However today wine is legal and I'm not sure why anyone would want to make their own. But obviously someone back in the 1950's did want to, I discovered this recipe in an old cookbook and I thought I would share .I cannot recommend this, I am just including it for historical interest.

I really don't think it would work, the juice would be pasteurized which I don't think will allow fermentation. I wouldn't recommend trying this, it's just a recipe I came across.


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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1 gallon


  • 1 quart grape juice
  • 1 package granulated yeast
  • 4 1/2 sugar


  1. Put all ingredients in a gallon bottle. Fill to the top with warm water.
  2. Cover the opening with a large balloon.
  3. Let set at least 30 days before using. If balloon burst, simply replace it.

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