ALCOHOL IN PRISON

PRISON WINE


The making of wine in prison is probably as old as prison tattoos and the penetentiary system itself. Even though impossible to know who the true inventor of prison wine was, prisoners have enjoyed wine while in prison for centuries.

 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND
There is nothing that sells faster in prison that wine and tobacco. Wine fermentation is probably one of prisons most lucrative illegal businesses. The demand of alcohol in prison is high and offenders will pay up to $2 dollars a cup or $30 dollars a gallon.

 

HOW PRISON WINE IS MADE
Offenders make prison wine with a few very basic ingredients found in most prison kitchens. Ingredients include real sugar, concentrated citrus juice, dried yeast and water. Prison wine may be fermented with just about any citrus fruit juice but the use of oranges is preferred. Offenders who ferment wine use 4 key measuring rules of thumb.

Mixing and measuring the right amount of ingredients is one thing, but using the correct timing and temperature is a completely different requirement. Most experienced wine makers in prison use 5 gallon plastic trash bags as a pouch, or container. Concentrated citrus juice and warm water is then poured into the 5 gallon pouch. Whole oranges, grape fruits, apples, prunes or any other citrus fruit available to offenders are tossed into the bag to speed up the fermentation process.

Finally dozens of yeast pellets are tossed into the brew before the 5 gallon bag is placed under a blanket and tucked away in a dark corner. The 5 gallon pouch is left unmolested for a few days where fermentation takes its natural coarse. The sugar and citrus serve as food or fuel for the living organisms born from the yeast. The organisms produce alcohol as they multiply into what becomes a 5 gallon bag of wine stronger than any kind legally sold in stores to civilians.

 

 

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