Canteen Wine

by David

In case you do not know I was in the U.S. Army from 2000-2004 during that time I went to U.S. Army RANGER School.

1 QT Canteen 1 QT Canteen

We didn’t eat much in ranger school but we did get M.R.E.’s or Meals Ready to Eat. Your probably asking yourself “OK..How does this have anything to do with wine making?”

We didn’t eat much in ranger school but we did get M.R.E.’s or Meals Ready to Eat. Your probably asking yourself “OK..How does this have anything to do with wine making?”

Well M.R.E.’s have a beverage base powder, the cheap nuke proof army version of Kool-Aid and in ranger school you go out in the field for two weeks at a time.  Still confused? Well I typically would throw the beverage base powder away but in RANGER school, you’re starving and want to taste something good so instead of throwing them away I added them to my canteen. Since I had two canteens I had one for water and one for beverage base powder.  I would add new powder as often as I got it.

Enough background here is where it turns to wine making. Since I was not washing the canteen and there was sugar in it and it was warm all the time (summer in Georgia) I started to notice that the contents of my canteen were becoming increasingly fizzy.  I figured something was going bad but it smelled OK and tasted good so I kept drinking it. I know know it wasn’t going bad but going good!

I now know what was going on in there, the natural yeast that surrounds us were eating the sugar in the beverage base powder, and producing carbon dioxide, CO2. Now that explains the bubbles. Honestly there was probably not any discernable alcohol in the canteen due to the short amount of fermentation time but none the less I was making wine.

This tells us a few things:

  1. Homemade Wine Making is Easy
  2. My cleanliness is lacking
  3. I’ll drink almost anything

Anyone who has met me already knew #2 & #3 but the point I’m trying to make is that Homemade Wine Making is Easy just How Easy is Homemade Wine Making? It’s very, very easy.

Pitch the Yeast!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: