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I was going to make a go of making a batch of Kilju, so I started doing research, watching videos on youtube and reading blogs.  I figure the first couple of batches will be experimental until I figure this shit out. I got a few ideas from DarkLordDiggler, I like doing things on the cheap.  Hobbies!

I previously purchased a Home Brew with air-lock, it makes 1 gallon and is fairly straightforward.

I used (6) Cups of Sugar, (2) cans grape juice concentrate, (1/4 lb) fresh grapes, (1/4) tsp Brewer's yeast, topped off with distilled water.

I wanted to take it a bit further, so I decided to make my own gear.

What I picked up :

  • 2.5 Gallon Glass Jug with Aluminum Lid ($11)
  • 2.5 Gallon Plastic Jug ($5)
  • (3) 5 Gallon Plastic Jugs ($4)
  • Plastic tubing, check valve and filter (Aquarium Supply Store) (total $5)
  • Balloons ($1)
  • Rubber Bands ($1)
  • (2) pack bottle pourers ($1)


  • Canned Cherries 
  • Juice Concentrate (Apple, Grape, Cranberry)
  • Fresh Fruit (grapes, apricots)
  • 10 lbs Sugar
  • I have some Lavlin Yeast on order, I couldn't find any local retailer that carries it.  So, I'm making do with some traditional Brewer's baking yeast (like I said, experimental).

Making the Apparatus:

For the 2.5 Gallon Glass Jug with Aluminum Lid, I kept it pretty simple.  I punched a hole in the lid, used one of the valves and connected the plastic tubing.  I used the rubber bands to create a better seal.  I'm hoping the gases escape through the tube and don't create a hot-shitty mess to watch over.

For the 2.5 Gallon Plastic Jug, I removed the spout and retained the cap and rubber seal.  I used one of the Bottle Pourers and connected plastic tubing.  I used a balloon and rubber band to create a better seal.

For the (3) 5 Gallon Plastic Jugs, I bought (3) small plastic bottles from the craft store, cut the tops off to use for lids.  Balloons will be used to create a seal, rubber bands will be added to ensure there's no drippage.

I pretty much followed a mix of the 101 guide and aforementioned blogger's advice.  I'm winging it for the most part but making sure everything is sterilized, optimal temperature and measurements.

I'm saving the remaining (2) 5 Gallong jugs for the Lavlin Yeast to see how much of a difference it makes.  Many youtubers claim that you don't really need it and you can use the Brewer's but some claim that it does alter the taste a bit.

I'll update the blog periodically and let you know how it comes out.  I'm holding out for the Lavlin to make a jug of Kilju, and for my hydrometer to come in.  I'm not entirely sure how do a gravity test otherwise or if it's even necessary.  I'll post photos in the comment body as I go.

If you have any advice, insights, or see me fucking this shit up, feel free to post up!

Update 2/15/16:  After 48 hours, the fermentation process is underway.  The C02 is escaping nicely through the tubes and it's bubbling along.

It's too cold in my garage, so I have the bottles in the Laundry Room to keep it in a 70* temperature.

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Comment by Enigma on February 13, 2016 at 9:24am

Looks and sounds interesting. I bet you would make a good meth cook using the old fashion method. Not that you would ever consider doing so of course. And not that I am endorsing such behavior.

Comment by SIN JONES on February 13, 2016 at 3:05pm

Meth grosses me out.  Can't say I'd ever consider making it or doing it.


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