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doctorgonzo79 08-23-2012 03:53 PM

first try at wine, wild muscadines
Here goes something,
My dad has lots of muscadines growing in his yard and we are looking to make 6 gallons of wine from them.

here is the recipe i will be using
1. five gallons of grapes, squished without removing skins.
2. 5 pounds table sugar boiled into a simple syrup. will adjust to get an OG of 1.110 or so. (Suggestions)
3. H2O added to get 6 gallons.
4. put in a 6.5 gallon bucket primary (my beer primary)
add 6 campden tabs rest 24 hours.
5. pitch 4 packs of Lalvin 71B-1122 Yeast and ferment under cheesecloth.
Adding wyeast nutrient for wine.
6. after a five day primary stage i will strain and rack into a 6 gal glass carboy; top off and proceed to age under an airlock until it looks and taste like wine.

I am debating on adjusting the pH but don't really have a clear idea of what range to shoot for. I know muscadines are pretty acidic.

Any glaring issues with this or suggestions?

McGee3 08-23-2012 10:38 PM

Less yeast,
The yeast will multiply as it eats the sugar.

Arpolis 08-23-2012 10:46 PM


Originally Posted by McGee3 (Post 4356172)
Less yeast,
The yeast will multiply as it eats the sugar.

Yes. If you are concerned with the yeast starting then do a starter instead.

2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/4tsp of your nutrients.
1 pack of yeast
Cover with cheese cloth and 2 hours later pitch the starter.

Honey is acidic so this will help acclimate to your must too. Also think about using some pectic enzyme to help extract your juices from the grapes.

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