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Old 01-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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So question, getting ready to ramp a couple new batches using this juice. I Did a blueberry pomegranate with it that turned out fantastic. Here is my question though, it's not a concentrate but a "pure" juice as in no to very little water added

A 32 oz bottle of blueberry is supposed to be the equivalent of 3 pounds fresh blueberries, so say i made a 5 gallon batch would i need 5 gallons of the juice or do the pound equivalent and just use 4-5 containers of the juice?

I am just worried that the wine may come out to" full" if that makes sense?

 
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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I have used their juices before, I would suggest you also see if you can get a jar or two of their concentrate to boost the flavor a little bit. We use thier black cherry concentrate when we make ports, why wait for the cherry flavor to develop when you can just add it Also a little ELDME will boost the body.

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:57 AM   #3
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So when your using it say your making x gallons do you use x amount of juice?

ELDME? will have to check for some of the concentrated stuff to :-)

 
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:50 AM   #4
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I always use their juices full strength. Their label implies it took three pounds of fruit to get that volume.

ELDME- extra light DME?
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Like Sara, full strenght but plus some concentrate, maybe plus something to add more body like banananas or a cup or two of dried Extra LIght Dried Malt Extract, beer has lots of body and a little ELDME realy makes a difference. WVMJ

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So when your using it say your making x gallons do you use x amount of juice?

ELDME? will have to check for some of the concentrated stuff to :-)
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I always use their juices full strength. Their label implies it took three pounds of fruit to get that volume.

ELDME- extra light DME?
Yea thats what was kinda throwing me, take the blueberry for example Jack Keller has recipes that use 2-3 pounds of fresh berries, so with that in mind one bottle should make 1 gallon of wine?

Can you really have to much flavor in a wine?

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Like Sara, full strenght but plus some concentrate, maybe plus something to add more body like banananas or a cup or two of dried Extra LIght Dried Malt Extract, beer has lots of body and a little ELDME realy makes a difference. WVMJ
Malt extract in wine? Coming on here is dangerous for me, every question answered has me wondering about two more!

 
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Yea thats what was kinda throwing me, take the blueberry for example Jack Keller has recipes that use 2-3 pounds of fresh berries, so with that in mind one bottle should make 1 gallon of wine?

Can you really have to much flavor in a wine?

Malt extract in wine? Coming on here is dangerous for me, every question answered has me wondering about two more!
But Keller also uses water in the majority of recipes. Trust me, a wine made from 100% fruit will be so much more than a wine made with fruit and water. You can make good wines from either method, and you can make bad ones also.
Just be aware a 100% blueberry wine is prone to stall, has to do with the vacinuum species of fruit. Cranberries will do the same thing. One of the best things to do is build a good starter and actually step feed your juice into the starter, be sure to use a staggered nutrient schedule.
DME in blueberry wine, especially a port, is amazing, adds great depth. And, if you have any dried elderberry available adding just a touch of elderberry to the blueberry is amazing.
If I was not going all juice, I would use only 1 quart water, 3 quarts juice, and one can frozen red grape or white grape juice concentrate, even blue-pom if you can find it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:01 PM   #8
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Makes sense! Thank youSara. Learning more everyday... Now to soak it in...

 
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:08 AM   #9
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When ever I use a Jack Keller recipe that calls for water, I substitute it with white grape juice. The last Elderberry wine I made, I used purple grape juice as a base, and it was wonderful.

 
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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whenever I make my blueberry wine for every gallon of wine I use one whole lemon for acidity. I find it comes a lot better then if I don't add the lemon
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