Turn Grape Juice into Delicious Wine

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How to make wine from concentrated grape juice.

This is the recipe we've used to make delicious wine very cheaply. If you are able to get the juice on sale, it works out to less than a dollar a bottle!

The finished wine is fairly sweet (more like a dessert wine) and about 9-10% alcohol. If you prefer a drier wine, you could adjust the fermentation time and sugar to better suit your tastes.
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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To make wine from juice, you will need some basic wine making supplies. All of the equipment should be available at your local home brew  and wine making store.

-5 gallon carboy (glass container)
-Primary fermenter (large food safe plastic bucket)
-Siphon hose
-Corking machine
-Wine bottles

-12 cans of white grape juice
-Campden tablets
-3kg sugar
-Champagne yeast
-Yeast nutrient
-Sparkolloid powder

Makes 5 gallons

Step 2: Primary Fermentation

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Sanitize the primary fermenter and then add the following:

12 cans of white grape juice
3 kg of sugar
48 cans of water
1 package of champagne yeast

Leave for 5 days

Step 3: Racking

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5 days later, siphon from the primary fermenter into the sanitized carboy (this is called racking). When racking, try to leave all the sludge at the bottom and then discard it.

Rack again 1 month later (2nd racking) and add 1/2 tsp of yeast nutrient.

Rack again 1 month later (3rd racking) and add 2 tsp of yeast nutrient.

5 days after the 3rd racking, add 15g of sparkolloid powder dissolved in 2 1/4 cups of water. Stir vigorously.
The sparkolloid powder is a clearing agent that will turn the contents of your carboy from cloudy to crystal clear.

Step 4: Bottle

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2 weeks after adding the sparkolloid powder, add 5 campden tablets dissolved in boiling water. The campden tablets will stop the fermentation and help keep the wine from going bad.

Sanitize 30 wine bottles (you will probably only need 28 but it's better to have a few extra clean bottles on hand).

Siphon the wine into the bottles and use the corking machine to cork them.

Print labels onto regular printer paper and use a glue stick to attach them to the bottles. While adhesive labels are easy to find they can be difficult to remove from the bottles when it is time to make your next batch.

You can enjoy the wine immediately, but it is even better after a month.
AndyB111 month ago

can a plastic 5 gallon water bottle be used ?

ModMischief (author)  AndyB111 month ago

Most food safe containers would work (some people use old milk jugs and improvised air locks) but you might be surprised at how easy it is to get glass carboys for free. I've been able to find quite a few on craigslist/kijji and freecycle listings.

Hi. Newbie here, can you add less sugar to get a less sweet wine? I understand more sugar equals higher alcohol content, however, I like a more dry, crisp finish. Any suggestions?

ModMischief (author)  NobleSavageArt1 month ago

Both reducing the amount of sugar and allowing a longer fermentation time should produce a drier wine.

Thank you so much!

ps Thank you for this simplified version of wine making. I have made wine jelly before using, of course wine, but have never made wine and was wondering if there was a recipe like this available.

RalphP45 months ago

Instead of using glue to adhere plain paper labels to your bottles, simply drag the label thru milk and press on and dry. Talk about easy to to remove later! And they will adhere quite well. Cheers!

smarico581 year ago

Does anyone know if I can do this with concord grape juice? I was thinking that that might get me a real cheap version of a sweet red.

Heck yes.

You can even make juice right in the store bought juice jug. Add a little extra sugar to kick the alcohol level up even more.

I've experimented with all sorts of store bought juice and various types of yeasts (easy to find at home brew stores and/or interweb).

If you want to be super simple and don't mind the flavor, you don't even have to rack the wine from the sediment (I carefully pour the wine off because i don't care for the flavor of the sediment).

Another benefit to fermenting directly in store bought juice jugs is that you don't have to bottle the wine because it's already in a smaller container.

when do i add the Campden tablets?

right before you bottle

I'm wondering the same thing! =)

What an excellent idea. Thanks so much for posting. I'm confused about the racking stages, do you need more than one big glass bottle?
ModMischief (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
If you have 2 carboys, you can siphon directly into a second sanitized carboy.

If you only have 1 carboy, you siphon back into the santized primary fermenter, clean the carboy and then siphon from the primary fermenter into the newly santized carboy. While it is a little more work, the extra step helps remove even more sediment.