Intro: Turn Grape Juice Into Delicious Wine
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.
Step 1: What You'll Need
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)
-12 cans of white grape juice
Makes 5 gallons
Step 2: Primary Fermentation
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
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
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.