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An acquaintance of mine who did time claimed he used Five Alive to make jail brew. But then what can you believe from inmates!

Here is one way to make Jailhouse Brew:

Pruno is a type of easy homemade fruit wine that’s often made by inmates in prison. Because pruno is typically made with makeshift ingredients, it doesn’t always taste very good. Making pruno is quite simple, but some recipes create the perfect environment for Clostridium botulinum. This is a bacterium that causes botulism, a form of food poisoning that can be fatal. Because of this, you must be very careful when you're making this homemade wine.

Artisan Pruno

  • 10 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 10 apples, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup (225 g) plus one tablespoon (14 g) sugar

  • 2¼ teaspoons (one 7-gram package) yeast

  • 3 cups (711 ml) water

  • 1 cup (227 g) fruit cocktail

  • 1½ ounces (43 g) raisins

Minimalist Pruno

  • 10 oranges, peeled