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#1 POGOBLENDS

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:53 PM

I want to start a 6 gallon batch and this is what I have.

Welch's Grape Juice Wine
6 gal or 12 - 64oz Welch's 100% grape Juice
7.5 Or 8 lbs granulated sugar
6 tsp acid blend
3 tsp pectic enzyme
6 tsp yeast nutrient
make 6 gallon
wine yeast
Going to mash up a couple of bananas and add them to the mix.
Not sure how many?

Starting specific gravity should be about 1.098 for 13.4% potential alcohol.
Any suggestions would be great or if someone got a recipe they have that came out great.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:45 AM

You could do 1 banana per gallon of wine... or a little less... make sure you don't add sugar until you find out the SG... or you'll have a high alcohol mess.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:56 AM

I say the same on the sugar. I seen you where using 6 gal of juice and no water, check the SG of the juice then adjust the sugar, if you do not it could turn out to be rocket fuel depending on your yeast selection wave.gif . I would worry about the acid blend. Sometime welchs is a little high on the acid bite alone. If you have a ph meter or test would also help keep you in good acid balance. smileytoast.gif Good luck, let us know how it all goes.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:24 AM

Good advice from the Ladies above! Use that hydrometer and adjust accordingly.
You don't need bananas for this, but I think they'll add a little complexity to the wine, a good thing. Use between 1 and 6, your call. Make sure they're ripened some, still pleasant to eat but not green at all.
If it were mine, I'd also add a little tannin, maybe a quarter to three quarters teaspoon, not too much.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:20 AM

You could do 1 banana per gallon of wine... or a little less... make sure you don't add sugar until you find out the SG... or you'll have a high alcohol mess.

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I'm also a big fan of adding bananas in pretty much anything. It adds body and complexity. Not much, not enough for you to actually taste the bananas.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:25 PM

This is an easy & cheep recipe that makes a decent table wine.
The raisins and craisins give it body.

5 gallon Grape juice (Wall Mart brand) or
(10 cans of concentrate with water to 5 gal)

6 lbs sugar
6 ounce Dried Cranberry's (Craisins)
16 ounce Raisins
2 tablespoon Yeast Nutrient
1 package Yeast 71B
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:26 AM

After posting this recipe I decided to make a batch and see just how inexpensive it really is.

10 cans Wall Mart grape juice concentrate $1.37 ea = $13.70
6 Lb sugar $3.00
Raisins/Craisins $3.00
Yeast $1.00

Total= $20.70
.76 cents per bottle.

I'm planning on using oak chips to enhance this batch!
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 12:50 PM

I've made this in the past and would need to check my recipe for specifics. (Used Welch's White Grape Juice Concentrate) As Wade mentioned, I believe I did add a little tannin. I added about 1 lb of raisin's for some body.

Not a fine dining wine, but it goes great in warm weather on the patio!

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:54 PM

I think everyone is spot on... and I would just reiterate about the acid... check it before adding, even if you don't have an acid test kit, use a ph test strip. If you are using the Welches concord grape, I think you will find acid levels pretty high to begin with. And certainly bananas will help with the body a bit. If you use raisins, you will also increase the %abv because of the sugar.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:42 PM

Started 6 gallons of the Welches just got to pitch the yeast in 1 day.

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Also started 6 gallons of Skeeter Pee also 1 day then yeast.

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