Yooper! Awesome thread... thanks for all the tips and advice, I've learned a lot from this thread.
Here's the recipe and process I went with on my first batch of Welche's Wine
3 Gallons Welches 100% Grape Juice (Juice not concentrate cans... expensive rookie mistake -_-)
6 and 2/3 cups of table sugar
2 Yeast packets of Pasteur Red
Left in primary for 16 days then
added one crushed campden tablet
added one pack of isinglass for clarification, then racked to secondary
I plan to let it age for for a total of 90 days from brew day and then add one more crushed campden tablet and bottle.
When I taste tested on day 16 I loved it! It has quite a "bite" to it which I think is from the high abv%. I hope it mellows out with some aging.
I was wonder what tips everyone had to improve upon this recipe for future batches as I am looking to make this have an even more complex taste?? (oak chips, raisins, something else?) I'd love to hear what everyone has to say about it.
Should I let it age in bottles or in my better bottle?
ALSO!!! I tried my hand at making a little over a gallon of wine from apple juice on the same day. It tastes like wine with apple juice poured in not what I was going for. Who knows what some age might do to it though. Does anyone have any good apple based drink recipes as well?