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Old 03-02-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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Want to make five gallons of cranberry wine from frozen concentrate. Should I use all frozen or mix it up with some bottled juice?

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Old 03-02-2012, 01:41 AM   #2
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Unless you are buying high end organic juice it won't matter because the store bought juice is "from concentrate" When I am using concentrate I like to use a higher concentrate to water ratio. This allows me to get a higher ABV with out adding more refined sugar also the extra fruit flavors will be more prominent and will make a better overall wine with more flavor depth.

As an example when I make cider from concentrate I use four 12 ounce cans to make one gallon. Based on the instructions on the can only 2.5 cans would be needed to make 1 gallon of juice but by adding four I get much more apple flavor.

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Old 03-02-2012, 01:50 AM   #3
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So besides the yeast and maybe a little bit of sugar would you suggest adding any thing else?

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well cranberry is extremely acidic so depending on the taste you want you may want to consider cutting the acid just a bit with some baking soda. Also some people like to add tannin for flavor and the dry mouth feel, I personally am not a fan. If it was me I might add a couple of 12 ounce cans of grape concentrate. The cranberry will still be prominent but the grape will add a little extra body.

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Old 03-02-2012, 02:12 AM   #5
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Sounds good, thanks for the tips Daze.

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My pleasure, also I forgot, some pectic enzyme and yeast nutrient are also good idea.

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right, is the yeast nutrient only needed because of the acidity of the cranberry juice?

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It is a good idea all the time but is needed even more when using store bought juice because a lot of the natural nutrients in the fruit are removed when it is processed.

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Also make sure your frozen juice doesn't have preservatives! Most don't, but you never know.

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Old 03-02-2012, 02:59 PM   #10
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The welches I bought has Vitamin C... Does that count as a preservative?

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