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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.

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

Ingredients:
-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.
smarico582 months 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.

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)  porcupinemamma2 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.