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Old 08-15-2008, 07:18 AM   #1
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Was messing around with some extra stuff i had laying around yesterday.

Ingredients:

-1 Bottle Welch's 100% Grape Juice (not the canned concentrate stuff, the actual juice in the plastic bottle)

-1/2 cup honey

-1/2 cup granulated sugar

-1 tablespoon Acid Blend

-1 teaspoon Gypsum

-pinch Irish Moss (for clarity)

-Some Kinda Dry Red Wine Yeast, I used lavlin 1116 (or something like that i had laying around)

Supplies:

-The bottle the grape juice came in

-airlock and cap to seal the bottle top with for the airlock (you can use the actual cap to the bottle if you'd like just by drilling a hole in it, just twist tops do let air leak on occasion)

-your usual brewing ****

______________Instructions____________

STERILIZE EVERYTHING THAT TOUCHES YOUR WORT


put WHOLE bottle of grape juice, honey, sugar, acid blend, gypsum, Irish Moss Into a pot, get that **** to a boil, let boil for like 5 Minutes (be careful, there is a lot less volume in this then most recipe's this **** will boil over, so watch the heat!)

Let Cool to about 100-105 Degrees (the bottle is plastic, don't want it to melt the bottle and/or get little plastic particles in it and ruin ****)

Funnel it in to about 3 inches to the top (make sure u leave a wee bit in the pot to wash the yeast down).

Rehydrate the yeast (ad a teaspoon of sugar to that boil for good luck if you wish)

Pour into bottle, then take the rest of the stuff in the pot and wash down that yeast.

Airlock with bottled water for the first 12 hours (until suck back has stopped) then replace water with Vodka (who evers Idea it was for the airlock With Vodka is a god damned genius Kodus to you my friend!)

THE BOTTLE IS PLASTIC TO DO SQUEEZE OR PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON,
when you do this, it will force air through the air lock and then the airlock will suck the vodka back in.

I did this recipe yesterday, at 4:30 pm. i got home tonight/ early morning at 1:30am and **** is fermenting smoothly, just watch if your getting suck back.

I have no clue how this will turn out, as I said I was screwing around, hopefully it will be pretty =)

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:20 AM   #2
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Ohh my apologies about my foul language.

and when i say put it in the bottle... YES i mean the actual bottle the grape juice came in, ferments in there, takes up little room and looks cool. will post a picture in a little bit

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:22 AM   #3
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will post a picture in a little bit
My Guess is it'll be locked by then....Don't bother.

Man...Why would you call this Prison Hooch? You gotta know that's going to get the boot!

I'd think that after having boiled Grape Juice, your Irish Moss isn't going to help a lot...You're going to need Pectic Enzyme.


Maybe a Mod could change the name....just so we can continue to discuss this?
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:45 AM   #4
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lol, never made wine before. just got bored and wanted to ferment something in the bottle.


so ways to get rid of it:
so should i...
A: do 90 on the turnpike and release it out the window?
B: give it to a friend and tell him its really good
C: give it to a crack head in newark for money

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:53 AM   #5
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Why all the effort and ingredients just to boil it and make something disgusting? LOL

You'd be better of with Welchs juice and just sugar.

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Old 08-15-2008, 09:24 AM   #6
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Yo BK, how come you're not a moderator?
someone should definitely make you one, i mean from what ive read around here, your like the master.

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Just because he's calling it prison hooch, doesn't mean it actually IS. This actually does look like a great recipe that shouldn't taste that bad. I've made Welch's wine before, and although it's rather bland, it's still better than Box O' WIne.

Actual hooch is more like "I'm putting sugar and bay leaves and bread yeast in a bottle under my bed to get F'd up"

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How much of your mixture was left over when you funneled it back into the original jug?

It seems that when juice is shipped in plastic bottles, as opposed to glass, there is zero headspace!

Adding sugar, etc., will give you more volume than the jug can handle if you didn't drink a couple of cups or so to handle the additions and create a headspace for the foam.

Depending on the yeast used, you may have foam in the airlock by now if you didn't allow it enough room to work.

I've done several experiments with variations to Apfelwein using the original containers, which are #1 PET, too, BTW, and have had to catch, and ferment, the overflow in another bottle, 16 ounce Gatorade, which is #1 PET, also!

Actually, the extra bottle of juice comes in handy for topping off after taking gravity samples!

Rather than drill the plastic cap, I've found that the same tapered stopper that fits my 6-gallon glass carboys, also fit 1-gallon glass jugs and all plastic juice jugs, and all sport drink bottles from 1-gallon down to 16 ounce.

So...I now make sure to keep plenty of extra stoppers and airlocks around.

Cheers!

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someone should definitely make you one, i mean from what ive read around here, your like the master.
First of all...I am a master of NOTHING! I just try and help when I can, and learn when I can't. I BOW DOWN to the fine folks that act as the mod Squad on this forum. They have had some really tough issues to deal with of late, and I think they've done a great job taking care of them. I could only hope that someday I might be worthy of Mod Status.

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Just because he's calling it prison hooch, doesn't mean it actually IS. This actually does look like a great recipe that shouldn't taste that bad.
That's what I'm saying. This should be pretty interesting. I will definitely look forward to seeing how this progresses.
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If the recipe includes Irish Moss and Acid Blend, I'm going to assume the poster actually knows a little bit about brewing.

Yooper's got a recipe for Welch's Wine that she likes. We were at a winery in the Finger Lakes, one of the places we went to had a wine that they were proud used the same grapes as Welch's. After tasting that koolaid-esque concoction (WAY over-sweetened).... ugh, not our taste .

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