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Old 04-29-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
Freekyj
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I made this and have to say its amazing! It tastes just like a smooth Amaretto. Its one of those wines that cant be rushed.

1 cup whole almonds
2 lemons, juice and rind
1 1/2 pounds light raisins
5 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
1 campden tablet
1 teaspoon pectic enzyme
1 package wine yeast
water
Chop almonds and raisins finely in a food processor. DO NOT over process almonds or you will end up with almond butter. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Simmer for 1 hour, adding water periodically to prevent scorching. Strain out solids and place liquid in primary fermentor.

Add water to make up to 1 gallon and all other ingredients except the yeast. Let sit overnight. Check specific gravity -- it should be between 1.090 and 1.100. Add yeast. Stir daily for five or six days, until frothing stops. This may be slow to start fermenting.

Strain. Siphon into secondary fermentor and attach airlock.

For a dry wine, rack in three weeks, and every three months for one year. Bottle.

For a sweet wine, rack at three weeks. Add 1/2 cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup wine. Stir gently, and place back into secondary fermentor. Repeat process every six weeks until fermentation does not restart with the addition of sugar. Rack every three months until one year old. Bottle.



 
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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So did you make the dry or sweet version?
On the sweet version, the process of adding sugar until fermentation does not restart sounds odd to this beginner.
I'm guessing that fermentation would (eventually) stop because of the rising alcohol content?
What is the ABV expected to be?



 
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:54 AM   #3
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What kind of Almonds? Raw? roasted? Sounds really nice

 
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:06 AM   #4
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I've heard people using both raw and toasted. I would lean towards toasting the almonds just to help with the flavor.

 
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:26 PM   #5
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Did you have any issues with the oil from the almonds?

Kevin



 
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