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Tophe 03-14-2007 11:46 AM

Wine from Welch's concentrate
 
Im curious how the process of this goes. I have some wine going right now that is from a kit. and has a few other things that go into the wine at different stages for clearing and such.

If I make some from Welch's concentrate, is all this stuff still needed? Im assuming so. Anyone have some insight on this for me?

Thanks.

Yooper 03-14-2007 11:48 AM

Well, you could just make it as is, but I think acid blend makes it better. You don't really need clarifiers, though. It clears pretty well without them.

Tophe 03-14-2007 07:17 PM

What do you mean by acid blends? Will i need to test the ph of the wine?

Have you made this stuff before?

MikeRLynch 03-14-2007 10:15 PM

I've made welches before, though admittedly not a grape one. Mine is White Grape Peach, nothing added. I use lavlin 71b-1122 yeast, nutrient, and perhaps a little dextrose to bump up the abv a bit. Its quick, its yummy, and its alcoholic. But don't try to compare it to your kit wine, cause it aint. Ive heard it described as a slightly less alcoholic fuzzy navel. Something to sip on while you make something a bit nicer ;)

mike

Tophe 03-14-2007 10:58 PM

Sounds like something the SWMBO would love! Just talked to her mom and shes going to get us a discount on the juice. Did you use 3 cans per gallon? I was wondering about adding some dextrose for the abv and you answered that one for me...Il probably add 2 lbs or so for 6.5 gals. This way I can keep her away from my beer!!

Yooper 03-15-2007 12:12 AM

I have my welch's recipe for 100% grape in the recipe index. I do make it, and we enjoy it. It's good as is, sweetened, or mixed with soda.

Acid blend is an ingredient you can find at any winemaking shop, and it's not necessary but improves the wine. You don't need to measure TA or ph, although I'm sure some people do.

I just follow the recipe as written, and it's pretty good! Just make sure you use the 100% juice, not the "cocktail" or others. I would not add any dextrose or sugar, beyond what the recipe calls for. I think an an s.g. of 1.095 is about perfect. If you make rocket fuel, it'll take forever to age out.

Tophe 03-15-2007 12:44 AM

Could you send me your recipe please Yooper? Would it be fair to say you could substitute the grape flavor with another flavor and be okay?

Thanks!

Yooper 03-15-2007 12:51 AM

Sure, but it is in the recipe database under wine. I just copied and pasted.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yooper Chick
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

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.

Any flavor will do- some have done the raspberry blend and liked it. Again, just use 100% juice, with no high fructose corn syrup or other stuff. And you don't have to use all the sugar, just enough to get you to 1.095 or so. It finishes dry, which I like. But you can sorbate and campden and sweeten to taste if you'd like.

This is not fine wine- so if you know that going in, I think you'll be happy. It tastes like a dry mogen david, if you use the concord grape juice. Again, you could sweeten and/or mix if you'd like.

Tophe 03-15-2007 12:58 AM

Thanks! I was thinking you had it in your personal index, and wasnt thinking it was on here...

Yeah, not goin for fine wine, goin for cheap wine that tasted descent. Im pretty much into making anything with alcohol in it right now:mug:

drunken clown 03-15-2007 01:19 AM

i made a wine almost the same exept i added a small bag of frozen mixed fruit (find at any grocer) to it! it turned out pretty good, a lil' to dry for my taste (sweet), but it was cheap and easy! cant realy mess it up, and the posibilities are endless!


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