The glorious brain that came up with this marvelous discovery belongs to food blogger David Murphy. Being the true hero that he is, Murphy graciously shared his findings with the rest of the world.
As I grudgingly accepted the fact that I'd become what the world would call a full-blown, official adult, I quickly realized that there were two things I'd need to survive my new reality. One is an Instant Pot so that my utter lack of culinary skills and interest wouldn't starve me to death, and the second is an unlimited source of wine to put on a brave face and survive the landmine that is adulthood. So imagine my absolute and utter joy when I heard that an absolute genius of a man had figured out a way to combine these exact two things and make wine in an instant pot.
According to Scary Mommy, the glorious brain that came up with this marvelous discovery belongs to food blogger David Murphy. Being the true hero that he is, Murphy graciously shared his findings with the rest of the world and I say we declare him a national treasure right now! Imparting his wisdom to the world via his website FoodnService, he wrote, "Instant Pot Wine. A novel idea, right? We’ve all seen a meme or two running around Facebook wishing that 'One of those Pinterest chicks could throw grapes in a crockpot and make wine.' Well, how about one of those Pinterest guys? (That would be me lol). I love Pinterest. That is all."
According to this Instant Pot maestro, while this method is way easier than the traditional time-consuming winemaking process, you do require a little bit of patience. Don't expect to throw a bunch of grapes into the pot and host a wine tasting party that evening. Before we get to the actual Instant Pot Winemaking process, Murphy recommends first sanitizing your pot with 1 tablespoon of bleach and 1 gallon of hot water. "Mix well, and pour into your Instant Pot liner pot. Allow to sit for at least 30 seconds to kill any type of bacteria. Dry with a clean towel, and you’re ready to go," he revealed.
Now that you have your sanitized Instant Pot, let's get to the actual winemaking. You'll need 64oz grape juice, 1 packet Lalvin Red Wine Yeast, 1 cup sugar, a funnel, and some clear packing tape. Keep in mind, Murphy—who has a 6qt DUO Plus IP—also clarifies that you'll need an Instant Pot with Yogurt Function for this to work. "Open your bottle of juice and remove 1 cup of juice from it and set to the side. Once this is done, use your funnel and add 1 cup of sugar to your bottle of juice. Place the plastic cap on it somewhat tightly and shake vigorously to help try to dissolve most of the sugar. This will take about 1 -2 minutes," he wrote.
"Open your bottle of juice again, and add a 1/2 packet of the Lalvin red wine yeast into it. Close the lid and lightly shake back and forth inside of the bottle. Once done, pour the juice from the bottle into your Instant Pot inner pot liner. Remember that cup of juice we put to the side? Pour that inside with the rest of the juice. 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 80ish degrees Fahrenheit," Murphy continued.
Now comes the waiting bit. "You’re going to run the time for a total of 48 hours!! Each day, let it run for 24 hours. If you have two Instant Pots, then this is perfect as you can still cook with your other one! You will notice that I said to NOT close the vent on your lid. The reason is that this is your starting point. Every 6-8 hours, you want to alternate opening the lid vent and closing the lid vent. So, for the first round, you will leave the vent open. Wait 6-8 hours and then close the vent. Then alternate," he advised.
Once 48 hours have passed, bottle the wine without completely sealing the bottle. "Secure the plastic cap on the bottle with the clear packing tape," and "place the bottle in an area that doesn’t have too much light. I placed mine behind my Instant Pot underneath my cabinets. It’s dark, and a great room temperature for the wine magic to happen," Murphy wrote.
Resist the urge the chug your homemade wine right away and hold off for about a month for the optimal experience. Speaking to Scary Mommy, Murphy said, "It’ll be great for the summertime for when people want to make wine spritzers, batches of sangria, or just enjoy by itself (which is what I opted to do)."