How to Convert Sugar Into Alcohol


Making alcohol is done through a process called fermentation. This is done by converting sucrose into alcohol by using a special type of yeast called distillers yeast. A common source of sucrose is the sugar found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. When yeast begins to consume sugar when mixed with water, alcohol is produced as a by-product. You can convert alcohol from sugar by first obtaining a bucket to use as a fermentation vessel.

Things You'll Need

  • Distillers yeast
  • Bucket lid
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Sanitizer
  • Spoon
  • Airlock
  • Pot or pail
  • Table sugar
  • Isinglass clarifier
  • Drill a 1/2 inch hole in the center of the bucket lid with the power drill. The hole will be used to extract the alcohol.

  • Fill the 5-gallon bucket with the sanitizer and water. Mix the sanitizer with the water as you are filling the bucket.

  • Place the spoon and airlock in the bucket. Soak the bucket lid in a pot or pail of sanitizer. Pour out the sanitizer solution after 3 to 5 minutes and rinse all of the items with water.

  • Pour three 5-pound packages of common table sugar into the bucket. Fill the bucket 3/4 of the way full with warm water.

  • Open the packet of distillers yeast and add the contents to the sugar and water solution. Stir the yeast to homogenize the mixture by using the spoon.

  • Secure the bucket lid onto the 5-gallon bucket to form an airtight seal. Set the airlock over the hole you cut in the bucket lid. Push the airlock into the hole.

  • Pour a small amount of water into the airlock, and then leave the bucket to ferment for up to 10 days to produce up to 20 percent alcohol.

  • Remove the lid and add isinglass clarifier to the solution to remove any suspended yeast.

Tips & Warnings

  • The airlock is used to vent away gases that are produced during the fermentation process.


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