Someone has finally found the intersection of Instant Pot mania, DIY culture and wine. David Murphy, the man behind the FoodNService blog, discovered a way to make homemade wine in his Instant Pot and shared it with the world in a recent post.
It all started with a meme. Specifically, a meme Murphy found on Pinterest that asked, “Why hasn’t someone figured out how to put grapes in the crockpot and have it turn into wine? It’s like no one tries anymore.” So he did. This is the type of action memes are meant to inspire. But before you get too excited, the first thing you need to know is that you have to take the “instant” out of Instant Pot to do this.
“You’re not just going to wake up one day and start throwing juice in your Instant Pot and expect to have wine by the end of the day,” Murphy writes. “That’s not how it works; however, starting the process off in your Instant Pot will GREATLY reduce the amount of time it takes to have drinkable wine in less time than normal.”
You’ll need a 64-ounce bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice, a cup of sugar, a funnel, some packing tape, an Instant Pot with the yogurt function and a packet of red wine yeast, which you can order online. Once you have that, the recipe is pretty straightforward and allows fermentation to do the hard work. The key is using the Instant Pot’s yogurt setting (which heats to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit) for 48 hours to get the yeast going.
What makes the Instant Pot ideal is its ability to manage all the CO2 fermentation creates. Or, as Murphy puts it, the Instant Pot works because, “it can LITERALLY handle any kind of pressure that builds up.”
Twenty hours in, you’ll have something that’s “not horrible, but it’s yeasty tasting with a bit of alcohol, and meh.” Give it time to age outside of the Instant Pot, though, and you’ll understand why patience is a virtue. Murphy writes that “you can wait up to a month to drink it to be at a fabulous spot. However, you can drink it way before then. I found that after eight days of being in the bottle, I really didn’t notice the fizziness anymore. Just a tiny tiny bit.”
The final aged product has a nose of chocolate and dark cherries with “a very palatable wine taste.” Read Murphy’s whole recipe on his blog and follow it closely. It might just change your Trader Joe’s shopping habits.
“Honestly, it was so much better than some of those cheap bottles of wine that I’ve bought,” he writes. “Dare I say, even better than the 2 buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s!”