3 Ways to Make Alcohol With Regular Table Sugar

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3 Ways to Make Alcohol With Regular Table Sugar
3 Ways to Make Alcohol With Regular Table Sugar

Many people want to prepare their own alcoholic beverages at home. Luckily, it is very simple to make alcohol from regular table sugar (saccharous). You only need a container of fermentation, sugar and yeast. Once the alcohol is produced, you can use it to prepare drinks and various drinks.


Method 1 of 3: Building the Container

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Step 1. Only use materials that are safe for consumption

Only use plastic buckets or a glass fermenter as a formatting container. The lid must also be safe for consumption. With a 28 liter container, you will be able to produce batches of 20 to 25 liters of alcohol. Keep in mind that you need to occasionally stir your drink, which makes larger containers, such as buckets, ideal.

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Step 2. Leave extra space

You will need approximately 7 liters free in a 28 liter container to allow foam and gas to form during fermentation. If there is not enough space, pressure buildup can burst the container lid, causing contamination.

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Step 3. Prepare the cover

You need to make a hole in the lid, the proper size for a rubber grommet and an airlock. Insert the eyelet into the hole and press the lock onto it. Also install a rubber gasket around the lid to form a vacuum seal between the lid and the container.

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Step 4. Clean and sanitize the equipment

The fermentation vessel (including lids, stoppers, etc.), the airlock and the spoon to be used need to be cleaned and sanitized. Fill the container to the brim with a disinfectant suitable for fermentation and wine making, such as iodophor. All necessary materials can be found at wine shops.

Method 2 of 3: Fermenting Sugar

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Step 1. Set the amount of sucrose to be used

The more sugar, the more alcohol, since the yeast can process everything. If you want a lighter drink, use less sugar. As a general rule of thumb, the package of yeast will have instructions that indicate the amount of sugar needed.

If you are going to make two batches, use twice as much yeast (two packets)

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Step 2. Dissolve the sugar in a pan of warm water

You can use tap water if you like, just heat it up to approximately 32°C. Use approximately 15 pounds of sugar.

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Step 3. Transfer the alcohol solution into the container

When all the sugar has dissolved, pour it into the container you will use for fermentation. If it has 28 liters, you will need approximately 7 liters of solution. The sugar in question will be turned into alcohol by the yeast.

It is not necessary to sterilize the sucrose solution before fermentation, but you can do so if you wish. To do this, just boil the liquid for 15 to 20 minutes. Remember that water will evaporate in the process; compensate for this by adding a little more water

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Step 4. Add the yeast

Open the package and pour the powder into the water and sugar solution using a funnel to avoid making a mess or wasting the yeast. Mix well until creating a homogeneous solution.

  • Use a packet of yeast only. As much as larger amounts may speed up the process, they will not improve the quality of the alcohol.
  • Only add the yeast when the water is cold. If it's hot, it will kill off the yeast responsible for fermentation.
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Step 5. Wait a day

At the beginning of fermentation, the yeasts will spend most of their energy multiplying. As the process needs oxygen, leave the container uncapped for the first 24 hours, or fermentation will take much longer than necessary.

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Step 6. Cap the bucket tightly

If you are going to use a plastic bucket for fermentation, press the lid on it until it forms an airtight seal. It can be difficult and requires strength, but it is important to close the bucket tightly for fermentation to take place.

Fermentation is an anaerobic (oxygen-free) process

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Step 7. Add water to the airlock

If you haven't already, press the airlock on the lid if you're using a plastic bucket; if you are using a glass fermenter, now is the time to fit the airlock through the hole made in the rubber stopper and fit it into the fermenter. Add clean water or vodka so that carbon dioxide is released into the solution being fermented while the air is kept outside. Falling oxygen levels will stop yeast multiplication and start producing ethanol and carbon dioxide.

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Step 8. Allow the mixture to ferment at an ambient temperature between 20 °C and 27 °C

Under such conditions, the yeast should take two to ten days to produce alcohol, depending on the type of yeast used and the amount of sugar. Fermenting more sucrose will obviously take longer.

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Step 9. Finish the process

The airlock will bubble a lot during active fermentation. The bubbling will decrease as the fermentation slows down, stopping completely after the sucrose fermentation ends. If in doubt, let it ferment for another day or two. Then it's time to purify the alcohol.

Method 3 of 3: Purifying Alcohol

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Step 1. Clear fermented alcohol

After fermentation is complete, the alcohol needs to be refined to remove yeast from the yeast and other materials present. An excellent material for refining is fish glue (look for one that doesn't contain sulfites, as some people may be allergic to them). After adding the product to the fermenter, cover it again and let the liquid refine for two or three days.

Use one gram of fish glue for every 19 liters of alcoholic beverage

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Step 2. Transfer the alcoholic liquid to another container, such as a glass bottle or a Cornelius-type barrel

Leave unwanted sediment behind in the fermentation barrel. Another option may be to filter the liquid during transfer, further removing fermentation residues. Close the container tightly to preserve the alcohol.

  • Do not store the beverage in a fermentation carboy for longer than a month as it can oxidize over time.
  • Filter using a carbon filter if you wish to remove unwanted volatile substances and further purify the alcohol. If you have added any flavor to the drink, do not use the carbon filter, or you will remove the flavor from the liquid.
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Step 3. Drink responsibly

Add alcohol to a punch or use it as a liqueur. Another option is to age it in a sealed bottle to improve the flavor. Buy bottles at brew supply stores.

Reuse alcoholic beverage bottles or use canning jars to store the beverage


  • If the fermentation bucket is sealed without an airlock-type air vent, the gases will build up pressure and explode the container, making a nasty mess.
  • The ideal temperature for anaerobic respiration of fermentation yeasts is 38 °C.
  • It is possible to distill the final product and make vodka, but the process is dangerous as the vapors are flammable. In many cases, homemade vodka production is prohibited. Inform yourself well before experimenting.
  • For an even better taste, filter the yeasts with a carbon filter.


  • Pure alcohol will likely taste awful if consumed on its own. If you drink too much, get ready for a bad hangover.
  • There are laws that regulate the production and distribution of alcohol, so be responsible and do not give alcohol to minors. Drink responsibly.

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