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Old 11-02-2006, 04:05 PM   #1
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Has anybody on here tried making wine with regular old welches grape juice? If so what did you do and how did it turn out?

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Old 11-02-2006, 04:08 PM   #2
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Has anybody on here tried making wine with regular old welches grape juice? If so what did you do and how did it turn out?
It's great, especially if you're planning on serving 4-10...


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Old 11-02-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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I'm 99% sure that Lorena has, and that it turned out well for her. Strikes me that it might make a pretty tasty, fruity wine, something to be drunk young and not necessarily aged forever.

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I made it, had one glass and tossed the rest out. To get an idea, pour a glass of unfermented juice and add a small shot of Everclear or similar.

That's what your finished wine will taste like, possibly a little less sweet. Ecccch.

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Old 11-02-2006, 04:35 PM   #5
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It's great, especially if you're planning on serving 4-10...


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How much sugar do you normally need to add to this, if any? I'm reading for apple juice it is about a pound per gallon, are grapes similar?
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Wine is made from pure grape juice- not sugar. The more you put the less it will taste like wine. Double eccccch.

Cider with a pound per gallon will give you a good buzz, but won't taste much like cider any more. Triple ecccccch.

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Rumor has it that BrewPastor ferments Welch's and uses it for communion.

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what??? I don't get it.
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Try this:

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Yep, I've made it. It's actually pretty good. Just make sure you use the 100% juice. (It's on the label). And no added corn syrup, etc. Here's the recipe:

Welch's Frozen Grape Juice Wine
2 cans (11.5 oz) Welch's 100% frozen grape concentrate
1-1/4 lbs granulated sugar
2 tsp acid blend
1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 tsp yeast nutrient
water to make 1 gallon
wine yeast (any, but I like Montrachet)

Bring 1 quart water to boil and dissolve the sugar in the water. Remove from heat and add frozen concentrate. Add additional water to make one gallon and pour into secondary. Add remaining ingredients except yeast. Cover with napkin fastened with rubber band and set aside 12 hours. Add activated wine yeast and recover with napkin. When active fermentation slows down (about 5 days), fit airlock. When clear, rack, top up and refit airlock. After additional 30 days, stabilize, sweeten if desired and rack into bottles.

This is not "fine wine", more along the lines of Mogen David. We drink it with dinner and/or when friends come over and we all like it. You can use white (niagara) or purple (concord) grape juice for a white or red wine. I've heard that other people use white grape/peach or white grape/raspberry the same way but I've never tried that.

Lorena

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