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Old 01-12-2005, 02:17 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever tried to ferment orange juice? Is it even possible? If so, how was it??

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Old 01-12-2005, 07:25 PM   #2
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Only by adding Vodka

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Old 03-28-2005, 01:53 AM   #3
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I was given a very old wine making book by my father-in-law. In this book it talk about orange wine being one of the easyest to make.

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Old 03-30-2005, 09:41 PM   #4
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I had never heard of this until today and one of my friends asked if you could ferment orange juice..
I would "guess" that a champagne yeast would work well, I mean, you can ferment apples, and they are similar in there acidity... although, I don't know how they compare on fermentable sugars..?

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This is an interesting topic…. I have been wondering about this for awhile.

I am kind of new in this area, but here are my thoughts….

Anything with sugar can be fermented. Somethings contain more sugar, and/or taste better than others. Since just about every fruit contains sugars they can all be fermented.

When I was in University I had a water bottled filled with OJ that was in my book bag for months and months. A nice black book bag, that warmed up in the heat. I had forgotten about this bottle until the end of the year when I was cleaning out my bookbag...ohhh I found the bottle, which was ready to burst. When I opened it, I discovered that it foamed like crazy, and a little taste test told me it was now carbonated. YUK!

I always figured that some yeast cells trapped in the bottle with the juice made it ferment and carbonate. Just like we bottle beer with some extra sugar or champagne is bottled before all the sugar is fermented. Yeast cells exist naturally and float through the air, live on and in us, etc. The earliest brewers would place their brews outside waiting for the magic yeast ferries to ferment their brew. This was long before anyone knew the actual process that was occurring, and decided to have better control over the actual yeast. So I figured since this bottle was previously opened many times and not the cleanest, that enough yeast found its way in to carbonate my OJ.

I could be way off, as this is not my area… but just a guess. I do know it tasted awful, but hey I am not a fan of orange pop anyways. Raspberry beer, yuk. I like my brew to taste like it should.

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Old 04-01-2005, 08:10 PM   #6
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Has anyone ever tried to ferment orange juice? Is it even possible? If so, how was it??
Yeah, sombody posted this thread about a prison hooch beverage made from oranges, called Pruno. Truly vile stuff, but a funny article to read:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=536&highlight=pruno
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:27 PM   #7
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From Minute Maid web site: http://www.minutemaid.com/aboutus/faqs.shtml

How Can I Tell if a Product is Spoiled?

The product should be discarded if it shows signs of:

Fermentation - A product may ferment when air, containing microorganisms, enters a container. Fermentation will change the flavor and aroma of the product. The packaging may begin to swell and the container could burst.

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Here's a recipe for orange wine. Not sure how you'd convert it to use orange juice

http://www.easy-wine.net/making-homemade-orange-wine.htm

Orange Wine

10 lbs very ripe oranges
6 lbs granulated sugar
2 gallons water
½ teaspoon grape tannin
2 teaspoons yeast nutrient
1 ounce wine yeast

Boil the two gallons of water in a large stockpot. Peel the oranges, carefully removing all of the pith. Separate the oranges into sections and remove the seeds. Place orange sections into a blender and liquefy. Place liquefied oranges, sugar, tannin, and yeast nutrient into primary fermentation container. Add boiling water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover and cool until mixture is room temperature. Add yeast, cover, and ferment for one week. Strain liquid through a finely meshed bag, and transfer to a glass secondary fermentation container. Seal with airtight lid, and rack once a month for four months. Stabilize, wait one week and rack into bottles. Age at least one year before drinking.

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Here's a recipe for orange wine. Not sure how you'd convert it to use orange juice

http://www.easy-wine.net/making-homemade-orange-wine.htm

Orange Wine

10 lbs very ripe oranges
6 lbs granulated sugar
2 gallons water
½ teaspoon grape tannin
2 teaspoons yeast nutrient
1 ounce wine yeast

Boil the two gallons of water in a large stockpot. Peel the oranges, carefully removing all of the pith. Separate the oranges into sections and remove the seeds. Place orange sections into a blender and liquefy. Place liquefied oranges, sugar, tannin, and yeast nutrient into primary fermentation container. Add boiling water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover and cool until mixture is room temperature. Add yeast, cover, and ferment for one week. Strain liquid through a finely meshed bag, and transfer to a glass secondary fermentation container. Seal with airtight lid, and rack once a month for four months. Stabilize, wait one week and rack into bottles. Age at least one year before drinking.
id think take out the oranges, maybe a bit of sugar and possibly the grape tannin and roll with it. to make it as good as it could be experiment by adjusting batch by batch or mini batches and backsweeten some. best bet would be to go with 100% orange juice and the one main thing to do...no potassium sorbate. oh yes and if you get an amazing batch post recipe
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I have some orange juice in a mead that I made. It was a small amount, but it turned out quite excellent.

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