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Old 01-30-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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I am wanting to make a 1 gallon batch of wine from jam / jelly but I am trying to figure out how much jelly to use for the 1 gallon. I have seen multiple posts saying 3 lbs of jelly for one gallon but how does that translate to jars / oz ?

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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Any time I want to lean about a specific fruit recipe or a different style of wine I always turn to Jack keller. Just google "Jack Keller XXXXX Wine". I just googled "Jack Keller jelly wine" and came up with this article on his site:


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Many people have asked me this, so I am past due in answering. Jelly is made from fruit juice, usually highly clarified. Prized jellies are "sparkling" or "brilliant." Four things are required to make fruit juice turn into jelly: pectin (gelatin), sugar, acid, and heat. The pectin makes them gel if the juice contains acid, sugar and gets hot enough -- about 220° to 222° Fahrenheit at sea level. The sugar and acid are good for winemaking, but both require augmentation. The secret to making wine from jelly is to make sure you neutralize all the pectin in the jelly.

This recipe is really intended for homemade jellies, but if commercial ones are used you are advised to read the ingredients very carefully and avoid any that contain potassium sorbate (or sorbic acid), sodium benzoate (or benzoic acid), or any chemicals you don't recognize or understand their purpose in the product.

Making Wine from Jelly


•4 lbs (36 fl oz) any flavor jelly
•sugar to bring s.g. to 1.090
•5 tsp powdered pectic enzyme
•2-3 tsp citric acid *
•1/2 tsp powdered grape tannin
•water to one gallon
•1-1/4 tsp yeast nutrient
•1 pkt general purpose wine yeast

* This really depends on the jelly. Add 2 teaspoons for high acid fruit, 3 teaspoons for low acid fruit. Other considerations: add more tannin for tannin-neutral jellies, like peach or apple mint. You can match the wine yeast to the fruit, just as you would for the fresh fruit itself, or simply use a general purpose yeast you like.

Bring 3 quarts of water to boil, remove from heat and stir in all the jelly. Cover and set aside 4-5 hours (until room temperature). Transfer to primary, stir in pectic enzyme, cover primary, and set aside 3 days (72 hours). Transfer back to pot and bring to a boil and hold boil for 5 minutes. Put sugar, citric acid, powdered tannin, and yeast nutrient in primary. Pour liquid over dry ingredients in primary and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover primary and set aside to cool to room temperature. At the same time, begin a yeast starter. When liquid is cool, check specific gravity and adjust to 1.095. Transfer to secondary but do not top up. Add activated yeast starter solution and cover with paper towel held in place with a rubber band. After 3 days seal with airlock. When vigorous fermentation subsides (5-7 days), top up; this will reduce the alcohol level slightly to a more amenable 11.5-12%. Wait 30 days and rack, sulfite, top up, and reattach airlock. Rack every 30 days (sulfite every other racking) until no new sediment forms and wine is clear. If wine doesn't fall perfectly clear in 60 days, add another teaspoon of pectic enzyme and wait 2 weeks. If still not clear, add another teaspoon. [NOTE: Be sure pectic enzyme has been stored properly. If wine does not clear after adding 7 teaspoons, replace the pectic enzyme.] Stabilize, sweeten if desired, wait 30 days, and bottle. Might taste after 3 months, but really should wait 6 or longer. [Author's own recipe]
Hope this helps.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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Use 48 oz jam/jelly per gallon...and then check SG once dissolved before you bump up the sugar. You can also use 55 oz per gallon, just means less sugar to add. The recipe I use is close to the one listed above, just a different amount of jam/jelly.

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Sorry! Noob question.

I want to do a 5 / 6 gallon version of a Jack Keller recipe.

Do I increase absolutely everything by 5 / 6 except the yeast & campden tablet?

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Yes every scales evenly. Personally I would back off on the citric acid and only do like 1 tsp per gallon but that is just me.

Camden tablet as you sulfite should always be one crushed per gallon.

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thanks

Just to clarify - I was thinking of the use of the campden tablet as a bacteria-killer on the fruit pre-fermentation.

Is it still increased or is 1 enough for 5 gallons-worth of fruit - since there won't be 5 gallons worth of water in there yet.

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Ah I see. If you had solid fruits I guess. But I have always mixed up the must and added the 1/gal Camden tablet, let sit 12 hours hit with pectic enzyme if needed and then pitch yeast after another 12 hours.

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