Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Wine Making Forum > Concord Grape Wine
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-28-2009, 04:18 AM   #1
Rhys79
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 160
Default Concord Grape Wine

This is my first batch of wine, so I'll let you know how it turns out in a year or two .

40lbs concord grapes, de-stemmed and crushed
8lbs sugar (1.105sg)
Water to bring to 6.5gal
3tsp Pectic Enzyme
6tsp yeast nutrient
Sulphite - as required
Red Star Montrachet yeast.

I don't have a press or crusher, so I crushed the grapes using a strainer and wooden spoon and put the pulp into a nylon strainer bag. I added the sugar, topped up with water to about 6gal and added the sulphite and yeast nutrient. 12hrs later, I added the pectic enzyme. When all was said and done, I came out with about 6.5gal of must.

__________________
Rhys79 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 08:12 PM   #2
theguy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 173
Default

I am doing a similar wine, but with Apples instead of grapes (my first wine too). When do you plan to rack to secondary?

__________________
Back in '82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile. ---Uncle Rico
theguy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
jgln
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern, NJ
Posts: 3,497
Liked 53 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Why do you need to add sugar and that much?

__________________
jgln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
Rhys79
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 160
Default

The sugar will vary with the sugar content of your grapes. I added enough sugar to bring my OG up to 1.105. It's up to you how much if any you add depending on how high you want the potential alcohol to be.

__________________
Rhys79 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 09:13 PM   #5
jgln
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern, NJ
Posts: 3,497
Liked 53 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rhys79 View Post
The sugar will vary with the sugar content of your grapes. I added enough sugar to bring my OG up to 1.105. It's up to you how much if any you add depending on how high you want the potential alcohol to be.
I understand about sugar/SG/alcohol, but I guess if I am pressing grapes I would want the product to be just grape juice being fermented regardless of the resulting alcohol content. Just a preference I guess.
__________________
jgln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 09:30 PM   #6
Rhys79
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 160
Default

Wine needs to be about 13% alcohol to be self preserving, hence the added sugar to bring the OG up high enough to hit that level. It's just the way it's generally done.

__________________
Rhys79 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
jgln
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern, NJ
Posts: 3,497
Liked 53 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rhys79 View Post
Wine needs to be about 13% alcohol to be self preserving, hence the added sugar to bring the OG up high enough to hit that level. It's just the way it's generally done.
Wineries add sugar?
__________________
jgln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 09:41 PM   #8
guscampag
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Waterville (Toledo) OH
Posts: 124
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

The way I understand it is the concord grapes are not as high in sugar as wine grapes, hence you need to add sugar. I made a batch of concord with about 40 lbs of grapes also. Followed a recipe for dago red from the grapestomper web page. I actually added 15 lbs of sugar. I also have a batch of 5 gal zinfandel grape juice that I bought in a juice pail and did not add any sugar at all. Of course, I am a noob and we'll have to see how they both come out!

__________________
guscampag is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 09:45 PM   #9
Rhys79
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Posts: 160
Default

Correct, concord grapes are significantly lower in sugar than standard wine grapes. Most fruit wines require at least some sugar added as well. This may be my first batch of wine, but I did my homework before I ever started.

__________________
Rhys79 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-30-2009, 09:59 PM   #10
jgln
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern, NJ
Posts: 3,497
Liked 53 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I did some wine kits in the past and did an all grape wine (table grapes) and it was very good but not too strong. My GF makes plum wine with a LOT of sugar because that is her grandmother's recipe and she likes them sweet, but after a few years it wasn't sweet just very strong. A friend likened it to vermouth. I want her to make another and age for another 3+ years, might as well get going soon as that is a long time to wait. Oh, and she open air fermented, wild yeast.

I am actually an all grain brewer, I like beer more but I like a glass of wine here and there too.

__________________
jgln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
blueberry concord wine??? Rhys79 Wine Making Forum 5 09-25-2010 04:13 PM
I just bottled my first concord wine and gulped down some... estefano Wine Making Forum 2 12-11-2008 08:36 AM
Concord grape 1 1/2 gallon Gnagy Wine Making Forum 6 11-03-2008 03:11 AM
Concord wine question and what I just did sTango Wine Making Forum 7 12-28-2007 10:16 PM
concord wine VermontFreedom Wine Making Forum 4 10-31-2006 04:46 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS