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Old 02-10-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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Just curious when everyone adds raisins to there wine. Primary or Secondary. I've read several threads and seems there is no direct answer. Thanks

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Old 02-10-2010, 01:44 PM   #2
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I have been putting them into the primary, and racking off them into the secondary.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:49 PM   #3
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I would think that is the proper way. One would think the yeast needs to get at the raisins at its strongest point... primary. In the secondary how much yeast would really be active enough to get to the raisins.

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Old 02-10-2010, 03:13 PM   #4
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I put mine in the primary in a mesh bag.

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Old 02-10-2010, 04:39 PM   #5
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Ok, it may be a silly question, but why add them to the wine? What do they
add to a wine and will they help an applewine?

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Old 02-10-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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Gives the wine more body.

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Old 02-10-2010, 05:44 PM   #7
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Raisins in the primary add tannins and nutrients for the yeast. I've also read it enhances the body of a wine.
I had not thought of adding a few raisins to applewine.

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Old 02-10-2010, 05:57 PM   #8
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I've always added them to primary. Regards, GF.

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Old 02-10-2010, 05:57 PM   #9
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Interesting, Is this different than leaving it on the grape skins/seeds/lees etc? Or are we just using raisins when we buy already processed juice?

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