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Old 02-20-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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I'm itching to try my hand at a cherry wine, but as the little buggers aren't in season for several more months, using fresh cherries will be a very expensive proposition.

I did come across, in my local grocery store, a cherry juice concentrate... says 1 quart is made from 25 pounds of cherries. I would imagine that would be enough to make several gallons of wine (by normal fruit-pound:gallon
rates I've read online) but it says it makes a gallon of juice for drinking....

Has anyone tried this? Is the concentrate juice any good? Should I work off of brix and aim for a good OG or dilute as per fruit-pound:gallon assuming 1 quart is 25 pounds of cherries and add sugar?

Also, the concentrate is from tart cherries. Will that taste good, or should I just keep an eye out for inexpensive sweet cherry juice?

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I would say go by brix.

But if it is made for 1 gallon of diluted juice, make it up to that. Otherwise you could leave yourself with a very watery, flavourless wine.

Hope it goes well!


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The best wines seem to come from tart cherries, so that may work nicely. Keep in mind that young cherry wine (especially from concentrate) will taste like cough syrup for a while, so be patient.

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