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« on: September 25, 2012 06:36:39 AM »

I posted a blog on how to make grape juice wine, and then thought, "Hey! Why not share on Craftster!" I did a quick search and did not see anything already posted, so here goes:

It is Loosey Goosey, so bear with me!!

Country Kitchen Ghetto Wine
4 Quarts Grape juice 100%, no cocktail
4 Quarts Water
4 lbs Sugar
2-3 gallon or so wine jugs  (Like Carlos Rossi ones)
Packet of yeast   (bread or wine -who cares, it does have an effect on the finished product, but this wine is not for impressing people. It is for getting drunk, although wine yeast will make it stronger)
Fermentation locks (Can use real ones with size 6 rubber stoppers, or just slap a large punch ball balloon thing over the top (they sell them at Dollar General 2 to a pack on an end cap)
Put everything in a big bucket (You can get the yeast going in a small bowl with a bit of warm water and sugar first if you like, it seems to be happier this way.) Dont even start with me about mixing it in a kitty litter bucket. I dont care what you say. And the floor is like a garage floorits not my kitchen or anything Dont even look at it!

Mix it up!
Let it sit covered with a towel for a few days. Stir it every day, except the last day. Let it sit 24 hours after the final stir (20 hours or 28 hours is probably fine too. I bet you could do it after like 2 hours, but I have never tried it, and all the recipes say 24 Whatever

Then, rack into gallon wine jugs. This just means pour it out of the first bucket, and into the jugs. Try not to disturb the wine too much, as all of the dead yeast and stuff has settled to the bottom (Called Lees) You can pour it through a funnel with a cloth over it to catch lees if you like, it isnt really neccessary, it mostly stays put until the end, and you can see it.

It will fill 2 or 3. If you can not fill them all the way, fill them evenly and fill with Grape juice to about an inch of the top Smiley
I use little cereal box tags to label them so that when I rack again (Every 3-4 weeks until clear and no lees) I can move the tags to the new bottles and wont forget what I made!)

Slap those fermentation locks on there and wait! (If you used a balloon, it will fill with air, that is normal, and means your wine is fermenting.
Rack into new bottles ever few weeks until the wine is clear, and then either bottle it into somaller bottles, or drink it up!

Let it sit in the bottle a year for best flavor.. (HA!! I have no idea how it tastes after a year, mine has never made it that long. it tastes ok after 6 weeks If it is not sweet enough, add more sugar next time. Too sweet? . you know the drill.

This recipe can be found on my blog as well: http://caseywashere.com/blog/
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012 09:30:19 PM »

I've done this with Fruite brand fruit punch - the yeast seems to love the corn syrup in it and the finished product is pretty good.

I also did it with the fresh Welch's grape juice.  First drinking the product was pretty harsh (after 1 month), after three months --> it was okay.  Aging it for nearly a year made it taste really good and really like wine.

I'm making mead/honey wine with this method as well...although not in huge batches like this.

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