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Old 09-09-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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Just made my first wine about 6 months ago. It was made out of mayhaw's which is a native fruit in the area I live in in Texas. It came out clear but it was a really dry wine. I was wondering if there is any way I can sweeten the next batch up. I'm making only 5 gallons this time. Any suggestions on how I can turn this dry wine sweet.

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Old 09-09-2011, 12:17 PM   #2
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Wine conditioner. That's exactly what it is for.

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Old 09-09-2011, 11:30 PM   #3
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What's a good brand. I've never herd of it. Is it used during racking or fermentation.

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Old 09-10-2011, 06:18 AM   #4
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You could always taste it while it's fermenting and add some so2 to it at the desired sweetness to stop the fermentation.

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Old 09-10-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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Sounds like a good idea

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Old 09-10-2011, 06:40 PM   #6
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Sulfites don't stop fermentation- that's why winemakers use them all the time as an antioxidant and preservative for wine. Wine yeast are very tolerant of sulfites (campden, potassium meta-bisulfite, k-meta, etc).

If you want to sweeten a wine, it's really easy. Wait until fermentation is completely done and the wine is clear and no longer dropping lees. Rack onto a solution of 1 campden tablet (crushed) and 1/2 teaspoon of sorbate per gallon (all stirred up and dissolved well). Wait three days, then sweeten the wine to taste.

What I like to do is pull out a sample of the wine and add a simple sugar syrup (or honey or juice or whatever I'm using) to several small samples and taste. If I love it at 1.010, for example, then I'll sweeten the whole batch to that SG. One tip- sweeten to just a bit under where you like it, as it tends to get sweeter tasting in the bottle. So if you like it at 1.010, sweetening it to 1.008 is a good idea.

Then, let it sit two or three days to ensure that fermentation hasn't restarted after all, and then bottle.

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Old 09-11-2011, 03:10 AM   #7
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Sounds like a good idea I'm still learning trying to keep the sulfites out o it though. But whatever works works right lol. I just want to nail this recipe mayhaws only grow 6 weeks out of the year so I have limited supply

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You could make a flavor pack or F-pack and get sweetness and flavorhttp://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/...ead.php?t=7547

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