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Old 06-11-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Never made wine but made tons of beer, have questions on the Orange Blossom Riesling

There is a recipe in the latest Zymurgy on page 42 I want to make for my folks as they love Riesling. They mention sorbate, then back sweeten to 1.020, fine then bottle.

I'm not sure what they mean by sorbate and fine and lastly where would I be able to get 6 gallons of fresh Riesling juice? I've never crushed grapes so I was hoping I could just buy the fresh juice. Any hints would be welcomed.

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Old 06-11-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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Potassium Metabisulphite will stop the fermentation, and Potassium Sorbate will prevent renewed fermentation. Using these will stop your fermentation and allow you to back sweeten without allowing the yeast to convert the sugar you're adding to sweeten the wine.


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Ahh I see, makes sense. Thanks for the heads up. So when they say fine, I assume that means something like cold crash/gelatin/whatever you choose to clear the wine?
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Yes. Fining is adding clearing agents.
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"where would I be able to get 6 gallons of fresh Riesling juice?"

You might want to try a place like http://www.northernbrewer.com/
They sell wine making kits with all the nutrients and juice for 5 gallons. I believe they might sell just juice too?
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:36 PM   #6
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Potassium Metabisulphite will stop the fermentation, and Potassium Sorbate will prevent renewed fermentation. Using these will stop your fermentation and allow you to back sweeten without allowing the yeast to convert the sugar you're adding to sweeten the wine.
metabisulphite will not stop the fermentation of your primary wine yeast. It may kill off wild yeast and bacteria that you don't want. Think of it more as a sanitizer for the must. The sorbate will stop fermentation and prevent renewed fermentation.
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OK so sounds pretty easy other than finding the Riesling juice. I think I'll cut the recipe in half as 10 gallons is more than I need.
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If your final batch size is to be 5 gallons, I would order 6 gallons of juice, as you lose juice as you rack off the lees and sediment. Try this site for possible juice availability: http://www.walkersfruitbasket.com/

There is also Corrados in New Jersey.

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Another option for juice is using Alexander's concentrates. They suggest 2 -46oz cans for 5gallons of wine.


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