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  • - I think people in prison got nothing but time

  • on their hands,

  • so this is not a rushed product.

  • Hi, my name is Mario and I'm an ex-felon.

  • - Greetings, my name is Drew Langley.

  • I'm the general manager

  • and owner of Kalie Restaurant Los Angeles.

  • - Today, I'll be teaching a professional sommelier how

  • to make wine I perfected in prison.

  • You ready to do this?

  • - Yeah.

  • (light music)

  • - Okay, today Drew we will be making prison wine.

  • That's what we call pruno.

  • And today, I'll be showing you how to make that.

  • First, we're gonna start, get your bucket.

  • And you're gonna open these both bags, double them up,

  • and then we'll line the plastic bag right here

  • 'cause this is where we're gonna crush the fruit inside.

  • - [Drew] Got it.

  • - Preferably using a new sock, or course.

  • But, this sock is what we use to strain our fruit.

  • We're gonna take the apple, Drew,

  • we're gonna put the apple inside the sock.

  • And the palm of your hand against the wood.

  • - What's the most common fruit that you have access to?

  • - Apples. - Apples?

  • - Then, we're gonna grab a grapefruit.

  • Depending on where you at in prison,

  • you're allowed to have grapefruit.

  • We're gonna peel this.

  • - If you're in Florida.

  • - I think people in prison got nothing but time

  • on their hands,

  • so this is not a rushed product.

  • Then, I'm gonna do some oranges.

  • I wanna make sure that we use the same type

  • of fruit that we're allowed in prison to make prison wine.

  • - So, how do you conceal it?

  • - Well, what you do is after you cook it,

  • and it take the process about 7 to 10 days,

  • and the correctional officers search cells every day.

  • So, the cells they search is the cell you put it in

  • after they finish searching.

  • - Got it, 'cause they're gonna rotate it around.

  • - Yeah, so it's like playing hot potato.

  • - Why do you call it pruno?

  • - Pruno is a prison slang term.

  • It's like a weapon is a shank.

  • - How much does pruno go for?

  • - Probably $5 a cup.

  • - I bet it'd turn out different if you used an old sock.

  • - Yes, it would.

  • It probably would.

  • Pour the apple juice that we saved in a container like this,

  • pour it in.

  • Get fruit cocktail once a week, take that,

  • dump in there like that.

  • A cup of hot water.

  • - Yeah, so that hot water will break down the sugars

  • and make it easier for the yeasts to break up.

  • - Oh, so that's what it is.

  • I didn't know.

  • We have a sugar pack right here.

  • You get these in your package.

  • You get a yearly package that your family can send you.

  • So, the last thing we'll do, we will add a kicker.

  • It had been several bags like this,

  • and it'd be spoiled, rotten fruit,

  • fruit cocktail that you save.

  • Okay, you wanna do that, move the sock out the way

  • 'cause we don't wanna have the sock in our hooch.

  • So what we do is now well tie the bag up.

  • Once you heat this up and the sugar,

  • what it star to do, it start to blow up.

  • - Yeah.

  • - And when it start to blow up,

  • that's how I know it's cooking.

  • That's how you know you getting some real wine.

  • Once it blow up,

  • you will untie this and you call this burping.

  • It will be blew up and you will burp it down like this

  • and let all the air out.

  • And you can smell the Pruno

  • through the bag and know it's ready.

  • - That's part of the chemical reaction

  • that happens with the fermentation.

  • So, yeast eats the sugar and it gives off three byproducts.

  • Those three byproducts are gonna be alcohol,

  • carbon dioxide, which fills up the bag.

  • And the third byproduct is heat.

  • It warms up. - Yes.

  • - So, there it is.

  • - This cup, you're gonna pour into here

  • and we're gonna drink.

  • It's always bitter.

  • But, you imagine that being cut for three or four more days.

  • - Yeah.

  • - And then that's when you get pruno.

  • And it really gives you a buzz.

  • You'll know, you're the expert.

  • - Sure.

  • - Oh man, he drinking some more.

  • - Well just see if we can,

  • I'd like to do an experiment real quick.

  • I'll get a wine glass.

  • - Okay, cool.

  • - So, you take your pruno, you put it in the wine glass.

  • - All right.

  • - All right? - Okay.

  • - So, first thing you're gonna do,

  • you're gonna look at the clarity of this.

  • So, this is definitely unfine, unfiltered.

  • If you wanted a more pure product,

  • I'd run it through the sock a couple more times.

  • - Of course.

  • - Cheers, buddy. - Cheers.

  • Yeah, I try to keep the faith.

  • - Here we go.

- I think people in prison got nothing but time

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Ex-Inmate Teaches Sommelier How To Make Prison Wine

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/12
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