Yes, you add the undiluted grape concentrate -
right out of the container. I have not tried this method for wines that I
have prepared for distillation yet - but it worked exceptionally well in a 40
litre batch of blueberry wine that I made. The grape concentrate added
that "little something" that resulted in a lovely fruity tasting wine. I am
going to try it in my next batch of blackberry wash that I will be preparing for
pot still distillation.
I have a batch of apple wine on the go that I
intend to distill. I used champagne yeast for the first time - the
fermentation is incredibly slow when compared to similar batches that I have
made using pot distiller's yeast or turbo yeast - but I have been told the wine
will retain a better flavour with the champagne yeast.
I have never tried regular wine yeast in a plain
sugar wash - I will be interested in hearing the results. I expect you
will have to add sufficient nutrients to compensate for the natural nutrients in
fruit washes. I have learned that even turbo washes can get stuck if you
get greedy and add too much sugar! My most successful sugar washes have
occurred when I did not add all the sugar at the same time. I just
finished adding a couple more kilos of sugar to a 50 litre wash I started two
days ago - that wash certainly fizzed up nicely! I will be adding the rest
of the sugar in increments over the next day or two. I have also found out
that even the most successful turbo washes are not finished in the 5 days the
packet suggests. More like 2 weeks before it stops fermenting - and I
clarify it! My washes are kept at a fairly constant temperature of 20 - 22
degrees Celsius. Good luck!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 10:12
Subject: [Distillers] wash
I was hopping to
start a conversation on sugar washes so we can all learn from each other what
is working good and what is not working so good maybe even a few of us have
some great recipes that we want to share! I have just started a batch of the
following and I am having great success with the attached recipe that I found
off of the Internet and Iam only using a regular Champaign yeast not a turbo.
The wash smells great as it has been fermenting!
Have any of you tried
this recipe? I have one question about the ingredient, It calls for . 5 liters
of grape juice concentrate. I am not sure if that is . 5 liters of actual
grape juice concentrate before you would add the water to it or if it is . 5
liters of no water added grape juice
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