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klcramer 08-06-2011 01:00 AM

Cherry wine
I didn't want to hi jack the other thread on cherry wine type beverages so I thought I'd start this one. My father drove up to Erie this morning and on his way home he dropped off 5 gallons of fresh cherry juice from one of the wineries. I have never made cherry wine, in fact I have not made many wines except from juice that can be purchased at Wal-Mart. Looking for suggestions or guidelines. Hate to ruin 5 gallons of juice because I don't know what I'm doing. My original thought was to add about 10 pounds of sugar and some nutrient and energizer then pitch some yeast and see what happens. That seems to easy I'm sure there is something better out there.

Foomoochoo 08-06-2011 01:40 AM

5g of cherry juice is a gift from the heavens.

If it were me, I would put the juice into a carboy on top of 5 campden tabs. Add about 10lbs of sugar or whatever it took to get to around 1.090 or so. A little tannin and acid blend. Let it sit for 12hrs. Add 1/2-1 tsp of pectic enzyme. wait another 12hrs. pitch yeast. Taste it after a while to see what acid and amount of tannin needed.

Others may have a different way but, that is how I would do it.

klcramer 03-27-2012 07:55 PM

followed the above advice and the wine is progressing very nicely. Will be racking for the second time this weekend. Looks good and smells wonderful. Tried a small sample and it is awesome already.

gratus fermentatio 03-28-2012 10:55 AM

Out of curiosity, was that juice from sweet cherries, pie cherries, or was it a blend?
Regards, GF.

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