Make your own prison wine, aka “Pruno”

Low on cash with lots of time on your hands? Tired of being sober all the time?
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Here’s one worth a try: making some good old, 25-to-life, brewed-in-a-bag prison wine.

Brewing at home usually requires a pricey set-up and lots of time—usually just enough to scare off the casual brewer. Prison wine, or “pruno” does not. The stuff’s been made since the dawn of law enforcement and comes from the even older tradition of home brewing. Pruno can be made from almost anything, but it relies on the simple brewing principle that sugar + yeast + time = alcohol.

Traditionally, oranges and grapes are the preferred sugar in the equation, and moldy bread is the yeast (given that yeast packets probably aren’t sold at the prison commissary). But we’d rather not poison anyone with home-made botulism, so we’ll use the store-bought stuff, since we can go out and all. Also, since the genuine issue pruno generally is brewed on the DL, conditions are far from sanitary. We’ve added a few steps to replace just dumping everything into a trash bag and letting it molder under the bed. So, follow our advice, use the recipe below, and you’ll be imibing like a con in under a week.

Ingredients

10-12 oranges (or in a pinch, other sweet items you have around, like grape jelly or cake frosting)
1 large can of fruit cocktail (for a nice finishing flavor)
1 packet of dried yeast
3 cups of sugar
1 one-gallon plastic bag with strong seal

6 Comments on "Make your own prison wine, aka “Pruno”"

  1. jimteacher | Jan 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

    Back in the day I was a teacher at a prison… so when this item came up I was 'sort of' thrilled:

    Plastic bags, however, are a BAD idea…
    I always saw it in milk/etc. cartons, something obviously made to hold food…

    There ARE toxic chemicals on trash bags, etc, no doubt about it – like cancer causing stuff…

    • AngeloEmrys | Jan 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm |

      One-gallon bags are a form of ziploc, so they should be fine for food.

  2. James_Smith | Jan 7, 2010 at 7:49 am |

    OMG! My mother used to make this in a jar on the kitchen counter. MOM! Is there something you never told me? BTW, it tasted terrible. When I was a teenager, we made our own from grape juice that, for some reason, had to be buried in a brown paper bag.

  3. This looks like a steaming pile of awful.

  4. DIYFermentor | Feb 16, 2010 at 9:39 pm |

    You don’t even need the moldy bread or store bought yeast.
    Wild yeast naturally occurs in the air, just leave the mixture open for a few days and stir.
    Then seal to avoid further contamination.
    I’ve done this with a drink called Tej and it works wonderfully.

  5. DIYFermentor | Feb 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm |

    You don't even need the moldy bread or store bought yeast.
    Wild yeast naturally occurs in the air, just leave the mixture open for a few days and stir.
    Then seal to avoid further contamination.
    I've done this with a drink called Tej and it works wonderfully.

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