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Old 03-18-2008, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Citric acid in wine, urgent!

Hi,
I'm now making a batch of 5 gallons of grape wine.
I use a improvised recipe wich is:
10 lbs of grapes
6 Kg of sugar
and all usual stuff such camden and all.

I forgot to buy some lemon for citric acid, I don't know how much to use, I have some lemon juice in here. Can I use this instead? and how much?
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:46 PM   #2
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Taste the must and see if it needs some acid. If you're not sure, you can wait and add it later. I can't really tell you how much- sometimes your grapes are acidic and don't need any, sometimes without added acid, the wine tastes "flabby". I'd wait and see if I was in doubt.

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I would test the acid level before adding anything to it. You can pick up a cheap kit at your LHBS to test with.
I make Blueberry wine and I know that my acid level should be at 60%.
I'm not positive, but I think a grape wine would be in the 50% area. At least a red wine would be IIRC.

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I teaspoon of Citric Acid is equivalent to the juice of one lemon.

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