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Old 08-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default My first attempt at fermenting anything...

I have never before attempted to ferment my own alcohol of any kind. I saw a video on youtube that made me want to try it, last Sunday I bought a jug of Welch's grape juice (the no-preservatives purple one). I got some active dry yeast, emptied out a little of the grape juice and replaced it with a cup of sugar. Then activated the yeast, and poured it in.

I left the cap just slightly loose, and covered it with a plastic bag and rubber band. For the first 10-20 hours, it spewed constantly, and was very bubbly. Now it seems to have calmed down some, so I closed the lid the rest of the way.

Can anyone guess how this might turn out if I just wait about another week and a half, then filter it, and let it sit for a couple months, possibly in the refrigerator for the last week?

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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a) crack the cap. It's very likely still fermenting and those containers aren't rated for pressure.

b) Likely to turn out pretty good. I make a batch using Grape Concentrate.

c) I wouldn't worry about filtering, that's just an opportunity to introduce oxygen and germies. Just wait for it to settle out and get clear. I generally wait until I can read something on a newspaper looking through it.

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Old 08-02-2011, 11:04 PM   #3
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Default Wow! hahaha...

I'm really glad you told me that Brazedowl. I just went in there and noticed the bottle was beginning to push itself out at the bottom.

I cracked it, and it shocked me a little when it popped back into place.

I'm leaving where I can hear that squeaking sound around the cap now.

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Old 08-02-2011, 11:04 PM   #4
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Great job it. That's the way I did it. I have airlocks and stuff now but that's how I got started, friendly tip siphon it off after it's clear into another jug if you get too much of the yeast pouring it out you'll get a hangover from hell.

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Old 08-02-2011, 11:14 PM   #5
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ok cool.

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:14 AM   #6
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lol, you remind me of me...next thing you know you'll be buying 5 gal buckets and carbouys, airlocks, hydrometers...look for a homebrew shop around town, they'll have stuff you need when you want to do it more - which you will...did you use bread yeast or wine yeast? making beer is fun too and alot faster than wine - you should try that too! Good luck

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Old 08-09-2011, 06:25 AM   #7
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Awww yes, bitten by the bug. I had a friend with an overburdened plum tree and 11 pounds of honey from his hive... I have a batch going now and I am already trying to figure out the next fermentation while my wine is resting for a few months.

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