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How to Ferment Juice

Here it is: my video on how to ferment juice. In this vid I turn apple juice, papaya juice, and pineapple coconut juice into some tasty alcohol beverages. Enjoy!

19 thoughts on “How to Ferment Juice

  1. Are the stoppers, airlock and cap dishwasher safe? I’m curious because I hate washing things by hand. :-)

    Cheers,

    Peter.

    1. You betcha! I’ve washed them repeatedly in the dishwasher without any problems – just make sure you put them in a basket or something so they don’t fall down by the heating element.

  2. Killer idea! I love it. And great video. I found you through The MMM.

    I look forward to making my first batch!

    I brew kombucha, and it’s always fun to bring a few bottles of it to a dinner party. It is a bit more unique than your run-of-the-mill 6-pack. I’m sure some juiced juice will have the same impact. 😉

    1. Thanks. Kombucha sounds great. Got a favorite recipe?

  3. Thanks for the helpful video. It looks like a great way to make homemade beverages to share with friends.

    1. You bet!

  4. Loved the video! Quick question, can the juices that you use be pasteurized?

    Also, have you ever tried doing this with juice in a plastic jug rather than a glass one?

    1. Yes, pasteurized just means many of the microorganisms were killed by heating the juice. We add our own little buggers (yeast) to the mix, where they thrive and multiply. Some drinks with preservatives make it harder for our little buggers to thrive, but it’s worth some experimentation. And yes, I do this with juices in plastic containers all the time (no less than five in the basement right now), and it works great. This is making me thirsty.

  5. I just got a kit and I am excited to get started :). I have a quick question, though: If I use a container other than the one that the juice came in (such as an empty glass cider jug), what procedures would you recommend to clean it before adding juice and yeast (i.e., should I just use the solution that you provided to clean the jug)? I’m asking because I want to use some home made juice, so I need to use a previously used container. Apologies if you have covered this elsewhere.

    Cheers!

    1. Sounds like fun. I would just thoroughly wash the new jug (in the dishwasher or by hand), then give it a quick rinse with the cleanser solution. Let us know how the homemade juice concoction goes.

  6. I have your kit and have started brewing. However, in your instructions, you say “pour a small amount (less than a thimbleful) of yeast…”. I haven’t seen a thimble in several decades, so I am guessing you mean 1/2 teaspoon? Is that quantity per gallon of juice, or regardless of amount of juice?

    1. About half a teaspoon or less seems like a good measure. Theoretically, you could put just one grain of yeast in and it will multiply and the colony will grow exponentially. But putting more in gives it an early boost and ensures that the small colony doesn’t get outcompeted by other microorganisms.

  7. Thanks for the post. I started brewing a gallon of apple cider 5 days ago.Everything started great, lots of bubbles, but the bubble action has dropped to almost nothing over the past 24 hours. Is there any harm in letting it ride?

    1. No problem. Peak fermentation usually occurs in the first few days, then tapers off. It will continue to ferment at the slower rate for at least a couple more weeks, until most of the sugar is gone. If you stop fermentation earlier (by throwing it in the fridge) it will be sweeter but will have less alcohol; the longer you let it go, the drier and more alcoholic it will be (up to its potential alcohol level).

  8. The first batch was a big hit! I added too much yeast, so the fermentation was basically done by day 10. It came out very dry and flat, which is fine by me. When serving to others, I mix 3 parts cider with 1 part soda water and a teaspoon of dissolved sugar (which makes it taste very much like my favorite bottled ciders). With the next batch, I plan to use less yeast (1/2 tsp) and add 1 lb. of dissolved granulated sugar per gallon, as suggested by some other recipes that I have seen online (do a web search on “edworts apfelwein” if you want to see where I got this idea). Cheers, and many thanks for your help with trimming my expenses… This will save me at least $200/year as I phase out beer purchases.

  9. Ever try this with Turbo yeast for a higher alcohol content. I’m guessing one would need to add more sugar?

    I was just researching making some turbo yeast, simple 40 proof vodka. It just requires sugar. Seems like a very similar process.

    Is there a lot of residue that settles to the bottom of the containers with your process?

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Interesting. The most I’ve taken it to is about 10% alcohol, by adding a fair amount of additional sugar. The EC-1118 Champagne yeast we offer has an alcohol tolerance up to 18%, so one could make a stronger drink (with a lot of extra sugar). Maybe I’ll give it a shot. Let us know how your Turbo yeast drink goes.

  10. Hello.

    I ordered some supplies tonight and am looking forward to fermenting some juices. There is a new Trader Joe’s near my house that offers many interesting organic juices.

    Has anyone experimented with carbonating the fermented juices by adding a little sugar and capping the bottle after fermentation is complete? This would be along the lines of natural carbonation with home brews.

    Thanks,
    Frank

    1. Thanks for the order. The answer is yes. In spite of the “simple” part of our website, and my aversion to bottling, we’ve been carbonating some of our concoctions, with excellent results. First, you have to make sure you add the right amount of priming sugar – here’s a calculator for different kinds of sugars. If you add too much priming sugar, or if the original sugars haven’t fully fermented, you can explode your bottle. Many of the caps that come with bottles don’t have a tight enough seal, so much of the CO2 will escape and it will still be fairly flat. I just ordered some sealing caps that will do a better job, and I plan to offer them on the site after some testing (these will work with standard size growlers). And of course you can get a capper and some bottles and just bottle your drinks as well. Enjoy!

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