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scottmd06 10-18-2010 10:23 PM

Can I add some brandy to my wine?
 
My abv was low due to a poor yeast selection, so would adding a shot of brandy to each bottle help level out the abv as well as aid in the flavor perhaps? Thanks!

boo boo 10-18-2010 10:27 PM

I have added French Brandy to fortify my wine a few times. 1 bottle per 5 gallons.
Really turned out nice.
You would have to add quite a bit to bump up the ABV though.

scottmd06 10-18-2010 10:35 PM

I just got a fizzy reaction when I added a shot to the bottle of wine. What might that have been about?

boo boo 10-18-2010 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by scottmd06 (Post 2345580)
I just got a fizzy reaction when I added a shot to the bottle of wine. What might that have been about?

Did you degas your wine?

scottmd06 10-18-2010 10:57 PM

No Ive never heard of that. I just did a grape juice concentrate wine like Yoopers... After a 3 weeks I racked it from primary into bottles. Its been in the bottles about a week.

DoctorCAD 10-19-2010 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by scottmd06 (Post 2345641)
No Ive never heard of that. I just did a grape juice concentrate wine like Yoopers... After a 3 weeks I racked it from primary into bottles. Its been in the bottles about a week.

YIKES...3 weeks!!!!!

Should be more like 3 months before bottling.

You probably have bottle bombs in the making.

scottmd06 10-19-2010 04:23 AM

USED A BEER YEAST. choked out at 8% and stopped fermenting 3 weeks ago.

JebCkr 10-19-2010 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by scottmd06 (Post 2346343)
USED A BEER YEAST.

there's your problem. I'm guessing your fg is like 1.010 or so? If it was a big batch, I'd pour it back into primary and repitch with wine yeast. If it's a 1 gal batch or so, then sure add some brandy...add a lot of brandy:drunk:

scottmd06 10-19-2010 05:43 AM

it was a 3 gallon batch with 3 cups sugar and 3 cans grape juice concenrate. i just went ahead and mixed brandy in and brought it over to a party. people are drinking it right now lol ill do better next time.

JebCkr 10-19-2010 05:45 AM

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Originally Posted by scottmd06 (Post 2346417)
it was a 3 gallon batch with 3 cups sugar and 3 cans grape juice concenrate. i just went ahead and mixed brandy in and brought it over to a party. people are drinking it right now lol ill do better next time.

Haha, good call. Longer primary and wine yeast for next time and you'll be on your way.:tank:


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