1st attempt at making wine....

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1st attempt at making wine....

Postby Shawnr0517 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:37 pm

My gf is really big on apple wine, so I figured I would try my hand at making some apple wine and see what happens..... does anyone have any recipes or tips on this??
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Re: 1st attempt at making wine....

Postby chris » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:40 pm

Five gallons of preservative free apple juice
2 lbs of dextros (corn sugar)
One packet of Nottingham

Mix it, shake it, ferment it, cold crash and enjoy!
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Re: 1st attempt at making wine....

Postby Expat » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:49 pm

Nutrients if you don't want rhino farts. Seriously, look it up.
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Re: 1st attempt at making wine....

Postby chris » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:54 pm

I'll vouch for the think farts, watch your temps while fermenting as well, trust us.
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Re: 1st attempt at making wine....

Postby Honest_Liberty » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:39 am

Congratulations! This is a fantastic place to start!
IMHumbleO, you can't go wrong with Kirkland Apple juice. It's $5 per gallon, grab six gallons. That's $30.
Grab cheap champagne yeast. That's another $2.50
Grab enough sugar to hit your desired starting gravity, I recommend 9.5 -10.5%, dissolve the sugar in a gallon of apple juice, or keep one for back sweetening, and use a gallon of distilled water. Boil the water add the sugar, mix into fermenter, pitch yeast, aerate. Sit back and come back to it after 3 weeks.
Rack it. Keep a sample to gauge (should be very dry, minimal flavor)
Age a month or two. Rack. Re taste. Back sweeten as desired
Or continue to age as desired

Simple, cheap, keeps you drinking for some time once it's ready
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Re: 1st attempt at making wine....

Postby cranky » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:10 am

Unless you want it super dry stay away from Champlain yeast. There are a lot of things to consider when making wine, what kind of wine do you want to make? Dry? sweet? semi sweet? dessert? Iced Apple? Do you want it carbonated or still? I personally like Iced Apple so my recipe is 10 gallons of fresh pressed apple juice from the sweetest apples I can find. I condense this down by freeze concentrating until it is 5 gallons at around 1.110-1.124 I then add Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead yeast which can only reach about 11% so it leaves a lot of residual sweetness. If I'm making hard cider I just use plain apple juice and 1122 or D-47 but there are plenty of others that do fine, I don't concentrate the juice. When it's done fermenting and I'm ready to bottle I add a can of frozen concentrated apple juice for priming.

There are some good recipes for wine here http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/recipes.asp
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Re: 1st attempt at making wine....

Postby Honest_Liberty » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:03 am

Did you make the wine yet?
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