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aamcle

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Months and months ago I asked about making a GOOD red as that seems unlikely unless I buy a very expensive kit I'm now considering country wines and WOW's.

I have CJ Berrys book but based on the posts I have read here it seems dated so I have questions.

  • 1, Is there a full "how to" available?
    2, My fermenters have taps I assume that if I add a tube to the tap I don't need to siphon.
    3, I have a couple of 5 litre demijohns so I'll start small but eventually I'd like to use my Speidel frementers one 30 litre and one 20 litre but what is the smallest amount of wine I could make in them?
    4, Should I set up to to do closed transfers as I might for a very hop forward IPA?
    5, How long would I have to dedicate my fermentation fridge to a wine fermentation? I need it for beer.
    6, Airlockes - I hate them when I've used them in the past I have inevitably forgotten about then and they have dried out. Is there an alternative to them?
    7, What happens if I don't de-gas the wine?
    8, Is it worth building up a starter as I sometimes do for beer?
Finally would you care to recommend a recipe?

Thanks All. Aamcle
 

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1, Is there a full "how to" available?
How to make Supermarket Juice Wine - HERE.


2, My fermenters have taps I assume that if I add a tube to the tap I don't need to siphon.
The best thing i ever bought as i hate bottling.


3, I have a couple of 5 litre demijohns so I'll start small but eventually I'd like to use my Speidel frementers one 30 litre and one 20 litre but what is the smallest amount of wine I could make in them?
As little as you want, headspace only becomes a negative when you are storing/ageing wine.

5, How long would I have to dedicate my fermentation fridge to a wine fermentation? I need it for beer.
I don't have a FF and i have never lost a wine due to temperature fluctuation, my house gets to mid 20c summer and as low as 15c in winter.

6, Airlockes - I hate them when I've used them in the past I have inevitably forgotten about then and they have dried out. Is there an alternative to them?
I recently bought a Youngs super major airlock its much bigger than a standard one and it doesn't empty, if you really don't want to use one simply leave the lid loose on the FV (if it doesn't have a hole)

My review here - Youngs Super Major Airlock.


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7, What happens if I don't de-gas the wine?
It'll take ages to clear but will not be anything like a sparkling wine as some assume.


8, Is it worth building up a starter as I sometimes do for beer?
No point i havce never had one start slow or finish early give youngs super wine yeast compound a try.


Finally would you care to recommend a recipe?
A forum favourite definitely worth a try -

Rosé wine

1 litre Red grape juice.

1.5 litre Apple Juice.

750g Sugar.

1 tsp Tannin or a mug of very strong black tea. (3 bags stirred every couple of minutes as you put the rest of the ingredients together)

1 tsp Yeast (i use youngs super wine yeast compound)

1 tsp Yeast Nutrient.

1 tsp Pectolase.

1 tsp Glycerine. (optional)

1 tsp citric acid or juice of one lemon. (optional)




 
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