Have you ever looked into making your own wine? It’s easier and simpler than you might think with this Instant Pot homemade wine recipe…
Choosing the Instant Pot for winemaking is definitely the way to go. It takes less time & gives you an amazing and tasty wine. You can choose your flavor according to your own taste.
How Does this Work?
Wine is grape juice that has been fermented, and fermentation requires yeast and a temperature around 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures hotter than 140 degrees will kill the yeast, and if the water is much colder than 70 degrees it may not be warm enough to activate it.
Basically, you’re trying to create an environment for the yeast to thrive, so it turns the sugars into alcohol, and the yogurt function does just that, since making yogurt relies on the growth of bacteria.
This method was originally developed by David Murphy from foodnservice.com.
What Does the Yogurt Button Do?
The yogurt button has two functions: first to heat to 180 degrees to kill harmful bacteria, and second, to maintain a constant moderate temperature for fermentation to take place.
For winemaking, we are interested in this second step. That is why in the recipe, you hit “less” after you hit the yogurt button to skip the first step.
What if my Pressure Cooker Doesn’t Have a Yogurt Button?
This recipe requires pressure cooker models with a yogurt function. Unfortunately, the Instant Pot “Warm” setting is a bit too warm, about 150-170 degrees, so it may kill the yeast.
Do I Really Need to Add that Much Sugar?
It may seem like a lot of sugar, but the yeast needs sugar to ferment properly. The recipe as written is great! It is a little sweet but great to drink on its own, chilled.
I mention chilled because this wine should be stored in the refrigerator after it’s complete to avoid overgrowing bacteria.
Also, choose a grape juice that is 100% juice with no added sugars.
Do I Need to Use the Brands Written in the Recipe?
No—but I would use something similar to get similar results. Any yeast labeled red wine yeast and any sugary grape juice will work.
Additionally, the type of grape juice you use will have an effect on the final taste of the wine. So experiment with different brands and see which one you like best!
What Can I do with the wine?
Once done, you can enjoy a glass of your private label wine every evening watching Netflix, or use it to improve your Instant Pot recipes!
For more ideas, you can check out this ultimate guide to cooking with wine, from Advanced Mixology.
Can I store the wine?
Of course. And in fact it's a good idea!
While you can drink the wine right away, it actually gets better over time.
Just let it sit for 2-3 weeks to get an even better taste.
- Welch’s grape juice 32 oz bottle
- ½ packet Lalvin Red Wine Yeast
- ½ cup sugar granulated
- Add ½ cup of sugar in the bottle of Welch’s grape juice and shake vigorously.
- Add ½ packet Lalvin Red Wine Yeast in the bottle and shake vigorously one more time.
- Pour the juice into the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid, press the “Yogurt” button and then press the “Less” button.
- Cook for 48 hours. Keep the venting knob on "venting".
- Refrigerate and serve 🙂