How to Make Homemade Alcohol From Three Simple Ingredients

published by Foodanddrinkconnoisseur on Jul 28, 2009

Like to have social get togethers with friends and have a few drinks hate spending big bucks on liquor beer and wine then this is the recipe for you.

Homemade Sugar Alcohol


1. Water

2. Yeast

3. Powdered Sugar (Confectioners Sugar)

4. And an airtight container to put it in (mason jars work well get the pint sized ones with the lids they come in a 12 pack and can be bought at publix for around 9 dollars and the jars are reusable and new lids can be bought)

5. A few paper coffee filters to filter the yeast out of the finished product


First take your container and sterilize it with boiling water

Second prepare your mixture of sugar and water if your using a pint sized mason jar fill it about 3/4 the way up with powdered sugar, then add warm water around 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit fill it up to about near the top leaving about a 2 inch space for air in the jar. Yeast likes a warm environment but not too hot or you will kill the yeast

third put the lid on the container and shake until sugar dissolves in the water.

fourth remove lid and add package of yeast I use Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise highly active yeast which can be bought at publix in a 3 pack for about 2 bucks. (Brewer’s Yeast will give a higher alcohol yield around 15 to 20% versus’s 8 to 12% if you desire to use that instead)

fifth put lid back on jar and shake until yeast mixes well with the water and the liquid turns a creamy vanilla color.

sixth remove lid and fill sink with warm water that is about 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit place jar in the warm water with lid removed while making sure water does not spill into open jar.

seventh let sit for about 3 hours making sure to check the water every 20 minutes or so and add more warm water as needed try to maintain the water temp at 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the yeast active.

eighth remove jar from water while the jar was sitting in the sink you may have noticed some foam coming up out of the jar this is alright do not panic this is supposed to happen it means the yeast is doing its job breaking down the sugar into alcohol and releasing Carbon Dioxide.

ninth now this step is very important you must put the lid back on the jar and seal it, then take a knife or other sharp object and carefully punch a small hole in the lid, then take a small length of rubber tube and push it through the hole into the jar after doing so seal the edges around tubing with a bit of melted wax to keep it airtight, then take the end of your rubber tube that is sticking out of the jar and place it into a cup of water, congrats you have now created a “Redneck Airlock” (however i must warn you that this step is crucial in the process for if you do not create a means for the carbon dioxide gas to escape then the glass jar could possibly build up enough pressure to shatter and send glass and half fermented sugar water everywhere.)

tenth now place the jar in warm dry place such as an attic or garage (i keep mine in the garage near my water heater) and let it sit for 4 days to a week (or after you can look into the jar and bubbles are no longer rising to the top they will be very small bubbles and hard to see so look closely)

finally after waiting you can open the jar and drain the liquid now about 8 to 12% alcohol through about 3 coffee filters into another jar filtering it removes the yeast that builds up on the bottom. This type of alcohol made from sugar will be very crude tasting and most likely wont be enjoyed unless you mix it with something to cover it up, I suggest putting some fruit into the jar and letting it sit another week to get some flavor, try cherries, peaches, cinnamon and apples also tastes pretty good.

Now some people will say that this is illegal to make and that you are not allowed to make alcohol at home, but it is perfectly legal as long as you are a LEGAL adult of the USA 18 years of age or older and as long as you do not sell, trade, or transport it to anyone for money or goods or services. On a final note I do not condone underage drinking if you are making this to drink yourself and you are under the legal drinking age then its your responsibility not mine I am not responsible for anything that you may do with this, by following my recipe you are agreeing to this.

55 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Foodanddrinkconnoisseur
    July 28th, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    This is a very simple recipe that anyone can do at home with ease so please feel free to try it for yourself and comment here on how it turned out.

  2. # 2 by George
    August 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    Great recipe worked perfectly I am very happy with the results although you were right this alcohol had a very harsh taste and needed flavoring.

  3. # 3 by Jeff
    August 28th, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Hey I just found this recipe and tried it out. My alcohols been sitting for about three days now. It’s still bubbling so I know its not ready yet. I was just curious as to if the liquid remains that sort of creamy vanilla color or when its done does it clear up?? If anyone has the answer please get back to me ill be checking frequently. Thanx

  4. # 4 by Foodanddrinkconnoisseur
    August 30th, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    well if you let it sit for a day or so after it stops bubbling then you’ll have a kind of pale yellow colored liquid and the creamy vanilla color will be all the dead yeast left in the bottom of the jar just don’t shake it and pour it slowly into another container with some coffee filters over it and try to stop before you get to the yeast and it will stay a pale yellow color its pretty much impossible to get it clear unless maybe you used an expensive carbon filter or something but that’s unnecessary and plus whatever you flavor it with like say cherries then the liquid will turn to the color of the cherries so color isn’t a big issue and this is usually used in mixed drinks anyway. hopefully that answers your question

  5. # 5 by hmm
    October 12th, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    so when you shack the jar after you put the yeast in do you have to shack it till the yeast is all the way broke down?

  6. # 6 by Bob
    November 29th, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Hello i was just thinking…is this stuff safe to drink with out distilling it.
    Please answer soon

  7. # 7 by michael
    December 20th, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    yeah i’m realy curious about if it is safe to drink. i was talkin to some of my friends about it and one of them said there is some dealy chemicals in it that need to be distilled out. like wood oil or something like that

  8. # 8 by josh
    January 6th, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    do you need vitamins in the mix?
    what is the mix ratio for sugar to water?
    please help!

  9. # 9 by Mike
    January 9th, 2010 at 2:45 am #

    Mike here, I just did this and have a few questions. Did the yeast have to be completely dissolved into it? I didn’t have a lid for the mason jar, so I wrapped a towl over it and taped it tightly. THen poked a hole in the cloth and put the paper towel in it. How much alcohol content will it have and I want to add apples/cinammon to it. How would I go about doing this? Thanks.

  10. # 10 by Tmonster
    January 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    I’m just curious if this recipe produces methanol (I’ve been told it will and it can kill you) and if so, how is it removed?

  11. # 11 by mike
    January 27th, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    freeze it tmonster. it’ll kill off the dead yeast.

  12. # 12 by good samaritan
    February 5th, 2010 at 12:01 pm #


    wel ive tried it and here is my conclusion:

    1-this recepie doesnt excist in any other site or book its a fantasie of the writer
    2-the part with the paper towel is ridiculous its supposed to be done with a special water air lock
    3-the product isnt drinkable u have to folow more processes to get the final product(steaming,distilling,purifying and so on…)

    so please if u read this dont even waist your time on this. find a better recepie or just go to your local liquer store. without the right equipment and recepie you risk alot just for some booze wich tastes horroble anyway.just dont. ive tried.if youre going to do it then do it right. do some research and youll know im right.

  13. # 13 by chemystery
    February 19th, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    can fruit be added at the beginning instead of the end? i would think make for a better alcoholic beverage. A lot of alcohals are made from fermenting fruits after all. Also regardless of whether its actualy needed or not some people may want to be extra careful and distil, pasturize, or somehow purify this. Does anyone have suggestions as to how?

  14. # 14 by alchemystery
    February 19th, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    a few way that one may “clean” the drink are as follows. Leave misture in sealed clear glass jar and place in uv light for about a day. If you have a black light this will do the trick. Also your can distil it by using an alembic, these are available for purches on the web. But im not sure if that would be legal. Also is you google alton browns show “good eats” he has an episode where he shows you how to make rose water. This can be adapted to distil your drink. Yet again im not sure the legality of this. You can freeze it. I wouldnt sugest boiling it, heat and alcohal can be dangerouse plus you might cause the alcohal to evaporate and ruin the whole thing. But remember people alcohal kills germs and bacteria as it is.

  15. # 15 by uncnj40
    February 24th, 2010 at 2:00 am #

    hey dumb ass just take 2 gallons of pure oj and1 g of watter and 3 pounds of sugar 1 pk yeast shake hell out of it heat 4 2 5 days till bubbles quit or slow way down keep on a heating pad watch the results fantastic drink never no better i did 12 years in prison did it there i WAS the BREWMASTER i just didnt have a heating pad had get my own way heat tast great feels great and way more than 20 percent better than drinking straught vodka thats what i do when waiting on next cook b done try and c all safe taste like oj not 2 sweet no acid taste like oj just do NOT DRIVE $ REAL check it out

  16. # 16 by Cole Collins
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    I’ve done thiS before and it barely even worked but at least I felt a small little effect. What I did was get purified water, salt, sugar, yeast, and citric acid. I put it in a water bottle and put it underneath my bed in a corner for one week.

  17. # 17 by Jim
    March 16th, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    If the bubbles continue rising after a week, what should be done?

  18. # 18 by Inmate....
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    just leave it sitting until its done bubbling if it continues for over 8 days then you probably put in to much yeast which is no problem it just means its taking move time to break it up… any way regardless you can filter it out..and as for the Warning warning warning above… that person is retarded this is not the only site and this recipe is kinda like a pruno recipe…*pruno* is prison alcohol…tastes like crap but anything to get drunk in there is good…

  19. # 19 by Josh
    March 21st, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    i emptied half out of the mix on the seventh day, and it was still bubbling then i poured it back up to the same mark as before with white grape juice then waited a little bit and it was still bubbling inside. Can this still work if i wait until the bubbles stop
    please answer an help me out!!!!

  20. # 20 by Dannystar
    March 26th, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    There are alot of people who are very gullable thinking you are gonna make some thing that will poision or kill you by doing this people have been doing this for thousands of years with no problem these are the kind of people who burn food to a crisp because they think they will poision themselfs and who you could tell them if you smoke bannanas you can get high lol

  21. # 21 by Jordan
    March 27th, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Could fruit be put into the mixture while its still fermenting? also what should the sugar to water mixture be? I put about 50:50

  22. # 22 by jbaker
    March 28th, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    I did this with some Dr. Pepper, it tastes great. It gets very gassy though since it’s carbonated. So I reccomenned a water jug or such.

  23. # 23 by CAPT. Zack
    May 18th, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    This recipe is fine. Couple fix’s though. You are not going to get any where near the ball park of 40-50% alcohol with baking yeast. not to mention it can add unwanted flavors. Baking yeast can’t really survive past like 8%. brewers yeast which doesn’t cost to much more gets the job done much better and certain strains of yeast can do the job of 15% alcohol in two days or up just past 20% in less than a week. There are even high alcohol yeast strains that can get the alcohol content up there to around the 40% mark. And if your using a regular brewers yeast you will need an actual airlock. regular air in the tank can cause mold to grow. It don’t need to be fancy just a tube going from the airtight container through a hole in the lid to a cup of water. works fine. If you use turbo yeast (the 2-5 day stuff i said earlier) don’t bother with an airlock. The yeast create so much CO2 (the other bi-product of yeast besides alcohol) that it pops the airlock off. And it if you add fruit before then your kinda drifting into wine making which is a slightly different ball park. But flavoring does need added to the final product of that. doesn’t taste good without it

  24. # 24 by JRI1218
    May 20th, 2010 at 1:10 am #

    Is the quick rise yeast needed to make this work?

  25. # 25 by joka nn pls help me
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    yh iv tried this well tryin it now ,, the foam stuff has started rising (yeast) ,, will it overflow?

  26. # 26 by joka
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    i used dried active yeast ,, plus i used the whole thing (125g) ,, 1/4 bag of suger ,, 1 ltr mango juice ,, smells like fosters :L

  27. # 27 by Tim
    June 15th, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    my setup is two gallon jugs. one was milk (which i washed out, even though it doesn’t even matter, since i use it as the airlock) and one that was a distilled water container, obviously clean, and cost less than a dollar. i then got a straw, punched a hole in the distilled water cap, put the straw in, glued it to make it airtight (and is suprisingly working quite well) and filled the milk jug up all the way with water and put the straw into the water so that it’s submerged about half an inch. i dissolved 2 packs of yeast into like 4 cups of water, tested it with a touch of sugar, and it’s good. then i added in however much sugar (i just went till i felt like stopping). i mixed in the yeast into the water jug and now it’s day two and it’s working well. i might go buy a carbon filter, MADE for water use (because they really aren’t too expensive) and put the carbon in my coffee filter. i’m only 16 and i feel like i’m doing it better than everyone else on this site…

  28. # 28 by Paul jagon
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:42 am #

    I have tried this and found the alcohol that is made is very strong and tastes very bad. What is the method to clear
    it as any other fine drink. I look foward to the comments from


  29. # 29 by Jack
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Dear Food and Drink “CON”,
    Oh My!…… Such B.S. ….. and from someone soooo young …. it makes me laugh.
    I have been making different forms of alcohol for close to 50 years and have yet to ever get anywhere close to your outrageous “50 % alcohol” you claim to have gotten from a bottle of simple syrup and a smidgeon of donut yeast ….. and neither has anyone else.
    Now…let’s be real! What you would have gotten from your illconceived “today I’ll be a alcohol expert” fantasy is nothing more than about 8% alcohol, at best, (Capt. Zack is right) that would have had a layer of nice mold on the top of it, that would have tasted like it was dipped out of a cesspool and would make most people on this planet throw up after a glass or two .
    Your scheme will make some alcohol, but nowhere near what you’re guessing at. You could distill your concoction and then water it down to the 100 proof that you claim to have produced, but that would be illegal and with the very little that you know on the subject you would probably set fire to your mommy’s kitchen or blow yourself and possibly a friend or two into Kingdom Come.
    Why not wait the 6 years until you turn 21 and then purchase a bottle of something that doesn’t taste like goat vomit?
    Best of luck,

  30. # 30 by Antwon
    October 18th, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    u seem pretty good jack Id like to hear some more

  31. # 31 by IhateAmericans
    October 24th, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    You have to be 21 in america to drink…..

  32. # 32 by KillaCam
    October 25th, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    im thinking about doing this, but with grape juice and sugar.

  33. # 33 by 14 yr old
    November 17th, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Okay look, this recipe will NOT create wood alcohol. The yeast just turns the sucrose aka sugar into alcohol and the biproduct CO2.

  34. # 34 by opsal
    November 26th, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    how do i flavour it?

  35. # 35 by Isaac
    November 27th, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    This article has some wrong information….. The yeast dont start produce alcohol until it dont have any oxygen left to use…. Oxygen can still get thru the lid with just a paper towel in it, use a straw and make a U bend in it (like under the sink) and put water in the bottom of it….. You can use a towel if you dont have a lid (comments) because its not air tight….

    Just figured you all needed to know….

  36. # 36 by POLICEMATRIX
    February 18th, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    If only police would look at home made cannabis the same way
    imagine getting your front door knocked down for a couple of bottles of wine ,yes thats what they do for a couple of plants ;( sad days

  37. # 37 by LAHAR
    April 29th, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    what kind of Yeast the powder yeast or the baker’s yeast ?
    but i think it the yeast that look like powder right i mean Brewers yeast powder

    and thx

  38. # 38 by beer chugging
    June 10th, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Does it vet u drunk, that’s all I want to know

  39. # 39 by DOTMAN
    September 3rd, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    My god did any of yun’s go to school ? in tn my daddy made this stuff and then distilled it. you go for the max solubility of sugar in water. ” for the drop outs” no more will dissolve K lol. Then you get the high alcohol tolerant yeast and use the amount called for per liter/gallon if yun’s can do the math. put in a water bottle mine is like 5 gal glass one let is sit for two days to let the chlorine dissipate i bubble c02 thru it from my welder for ten mins instead. the yeast gets all the o’s it needs from the water, h2o two parts hydrogen one part oxygen when it breaks down the sugar that’s why it makes co2 one part carbon two parts oxygen. Add heat up to the threshold the yeast can work with, stir daily and again like the man said wait till it stops bubbling so much, but not completely. The heat speeds the process. It takes as long as it takes if you get it right about four or five days roughly, And again pathogens will not grow in alcohol so get it right or get the run’s lol. This will get you flavorless sugar wine 12% to 20% . if you want it stronger you can freeze it and remove the ice “water” again for the idiots the alcohol will not freeze. Now this part i don’t recommend to any of you who posted here today you can distill it, Heat it to the temp that ethanol evaps at and then condense the vapor that’s pure GRAIN alcohol ! for the idiot who is worried bout going blind you need not worry your stupid you should not drink you cannot spare the brain cell’s LMAO TO THE REST OF YUN’S YES DP IS MY CHOICE TOO!

  40. # 40 by DOTMAN
    September 3rd, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    Oh yeah i use a heavy balloon with a pinhole in the top and put it over the top -o- da bottle for my airlock ! Ya know the punching balloons good luck and be responsable

  41. # 41 by NoAirMan
    September 12th, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Tastes like MD 2020.

  42. # 42 by Xyzzx
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    I would try adding something like kool-aid to it when it’s complete. I’ll try it and let you know how it turns out.

  43. # 43 by Harry Gojari
    November 7th, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    A few things to know about this recipie.
    1. when done right, it definitely works.
    2. once it is done fermenting, it is probably safe to flash heat your batch in the microwave or on the stove, but do not boil it for too long otherwise the alc will boil off. a better way is to chill it in the fridge overnight or something.
    3. after killing the yeast i tried filtering with a washcloth to get the big chunks, but you can get rid of all the yeast by letting it settle out for a few days and siphening out the pure beverage.
    4. add flavoring after makes it taste better than fermenting fruit juice. much of the flavor is lost in the fermenting process

  44. # 44 by Federweisser
    November 29th, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Jack, made all of us who have actually been doing this for a very long time laugh. You actually think you know everything. You mentality reminds me of a child who thinks he knows everything. Hey good luck mr. know it all. Some of us here actually have done this many times. Live a lil and stop being such a critic on a subject you obviously know nothing about. Oh and DOTMAN, Please learn how to spell so the rest of us understand what your talking about.

  45. # 45 by Spencer Bawden
    December 4th, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    this is completely safe to drink, i use this recipe all the time, one time i made enough for 30 people, i usually just mix it with kool aid mix. Thanks for posting this

  46. # 46 by illwill
    December 13th, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    That’s the nastiest thing I’ve ever herd! Put it in ur pressure cooker and distill it….it’ll taste much better :)

  47. # 47 by Illwill
    December 13th, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    That\’s the nastiest thing I\’ve ever herd! Put it in ur pressure cooker and distill it….it\’ll taste much better :)

  48. # 48 by Stabbr
    April 7th, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Why go through that much trouble for 8-12%? if you are gonna make alcohol go do some research first. Methyl alcohol is produced during the conversion of the sugar to ethyl alcohol. In the small amount that you are making it shouldn\’t be an issue. If you are making lots and then going for the high test moonshine by distilling you want to throw out the first bit you get since this actually contains the methyl. As for the towel over the jar, that doesn\’t make much since if you are trying to get an air seal. Go to lowes, get a hose connection that goes into a piping system,($1.50) and some clear hose and do it that way. Viola reusable solution. Or just go on eBay and buy 3 airlocks for $1.41. If you do the research you will see just how easy it really is to make the alcohol. In no way am I saying to distill it. It\’s illegal to do for some reason without having the proper license.

  49. # 49 by dopeman
    May 11th, 2012 at 8:19 pm #


    1. 2 liter 100% grape juice (no preservatives).
    2. 2 cups sugar
    3. 9grams bakers yeast (3tsp)
    4. large balloon poke 3-9 holes in top

    add sugar to grape juice let it completely dissolve. add bakers yeast shake until mixed. put balloon on the container. let sit in warm place for 1 1/2 – 2 weeks or until balloon completely deflates on its own. remember to leave some head space in the top of container for fermentation.

  50. # 50 by sandvich
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    ok all you people saying you cant drink it and soo on your wrong its drinkable not recomended tho i would strain it throught some coffie fillters and then put some fruit in it to make it tast better but it is not dangeres and is safe to drink

  51. # 51 by rastarigg
    October 24th, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    wow. question, how in the hell would this possibly make wood oil? im 16 and i grew up with this stuff, my gma gave me a dozen jailhouse recipes and ya they taste like crap but if u do it right it’ll get the job done. though potato vodka is better. lol

  52. # 52 by bobby
    November 1st, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    how do u do the seal part put a cup of water on the tube please answer

  53. # 53 by jeremy
    January 2nd, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    i tried this and it smells like beer sorta not hard alcohol thanks for the recipe im bout to take a sip right now and dont lisin to tht retard tht said Warning warning u r retarded do some real research and u will see this is a common recipe the guy who wrote this wasent a (( fantisy writer)) once again thank u for the recipe

  54. # 54 by jeremy
    January 2nd, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    i tried this and it smells like beer sorta not hard alcohol thanks for the recipe im bout to take a sip right now and dont lisin to tht retard tht said Warning warning u r retarded do some real research and u will see this is a common recipe the guy who wrote this wasent a (( fantisy writer)) once again thank u for the recipe

  55. # 55 by scottylalabobo
    January 29th, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    why not use grape juice instead of water/

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