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Old 10-18-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default 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!

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Old 10-18-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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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.

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

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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?
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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.

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

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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
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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.

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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.
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