Wine buffs have revealed how they’re using a crock pot from The Good Guys to make bottles of their favourite tipple – and the recipe uses just three ingredients.
The all-in-one gadget, one described as a cross between a pressure cooker and a slow cooker, is on sale at the Australian retailer for $159.
The item, more commonly referred to as an instant pot, made headlines last year after a blogger revealed they’d created a recipe for making wine using it.
Their concoction calls for sugar, grape juice and red wine yeast and only takes 48 hours to make. However, its suggested the wine sit for between eight days and a month before drinking.
An appliance from The Good Guys (pictured) is being used by wine buffs to make bottles of their favourite tipple
The instant pot, as the gadget is more commonly known, makes wine using sugar, grape juice and red wine yeast
‘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,’ wrote David Murphy, the American creator of the wine recipe.
‘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.’
He explained he used a combination of Welch’s Grape Juice, a cup of granulated sugar, a packet of Lalvin Red Wine Yeast, clear packing tape, and a funnel.
While the ‘wine’ itself is ready after being ‘cooked’ for 48 hours using the yoghurt making function, it’s advisable to leave the liquid eight days to a month before drinking it.
‘I seriously didn’t think this was going to work at all. I was expecting a failure, but I was patient and played that annoying waiting game,’ Mr Murphy said of his experiment.
‘Honestly, it was so much better than some of those cheap bottles of wine that I’ve bought. Dare I say, even better than the 2 buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s.’
While the wine only takes 48 hours to make, it’s suggested it ‘sit’ for at least eight days before drinking
Although, the instant pot has just been launched in Australia, in the US and UK the item has a cult following along with Facebook pages dedicated to its use.
A few who’ve tried the appliance as a way of making wine have revealed the end result was better than they expected.
‘After following the process all the way through refinement, clearing and ageing, it turned out pretty good.’
Another said they’d also attempted making the ‘IP wine, and said it ‘was pretty damn good’.
‘It still smelled like grape juice, but tasted like regular table wine.’
One person who’d followed the recipe and used the gadget said their wine smelled like ‘grape juice but tasted like regular wine’
Not everyone who’d ‘experimented’ with appliance found it delivered, with a few saying their results were ‘awful’.
‘Curiosity got the better of me and I made it a few months ago. Wasn’t great,’ said one before adding ‘wouldn’t make it again’.
‘I tried this… And I mean, it’s alcoholic, but it sure tasted terrible!’ Said another.
How do you make wine in an Instant Pot?
YOU WILL NEED
Grape Juice (64oz bottle)
1 cup of sugar (granulated)
1 packet Lalvin Red Wine Yeast
Instant Pot with Yogurt Function
Clear Packing Tape
1. Sanitise the Instant pot with a tablespoon of bleach and one gallon of hot water. Add the mix for 30 seconds, pour out and dry with a clean towel.
2. Open the bottle of grape juice, pour out one cup and use the funnel to add a cup of sugar. Replace the cap and shake vigorously to dissolve the sugar.
3. Add the packet of red wine yeast, replace cap and shake lightly.
4. Pour the juice from the bottle into your Instant Pot inner pot liner along with the extra cup of juice and hold on to the plastic bottle.
5. Close and lock the lid of your Instant Pot. Press the Yogurt button, and then press less. The Less heat on the Yogurt function will keep the heat stead around 80 degrees fahrenheit. Do not close the vent.
6. Run the timer for a total of 24 hours a day for 48 hours, alternating opening and closing the lid vent every six to eight hours to allow carbon dioxide to escape.
7. After 48 hours transfer the picture back into the plastic bottle and screw the lid on about half way to allow carbon dioxide to get out.
8. Secure the plastic cap on the bottle with the clear packing tape. Place a piece of tape across, and then place a piece of tape around the neck to keep the tape in place to create a venting area for the carbon dioxide to release from the bottle.
9. After eight to ten days the bubbling should have died down, meaning it’s ready to drink but you can leave it for up to a month.