19117Re: [Distillers] Re: Grappa
- Feb 11, 2004Umm, grappa is a distilled product. You've described a version of a second
Usually a second run is made by adding more liquid and sugar to the
unpressed skins. If done with wanter and sugar or water and sugar and
raising it usually makes a lighter, fruitier wine. Others do it with juice
and it can make a quite remarkable second run for about $2 per bottle.
I'm a cheapskate and like to mazimize my first run. So after pressing I
take the pomace (the pressed cake of skins and seeds)_ toss it back in the
primary, add some commercial wine juice and let her rip. It is often a
very good wine.
On 800 original pounds of grapes I would add about 92 litres of juice. I
find I have to be quite careful to monitor acids and ph as soon as the
primary fermentation is done because while I know the characteristics of
the juice I usually know dick squat about the pomace. This is the wine
that I tend to drink fairly quickly as in a year after fermentation. The
first runs we usually try to keep untouched for 2 years before we drink.
Last year's wine was 100% old vine zinfandel from California and we're
thinking very kind thoughts at the moment because it is looking really good.
I have yet to have the quantity of red wine available to distill. It tends
to be on the more expensive end of what one can use as a wash.
At 09:38 AM 2/11/04, you wrote:
>Grappa is made from taking the skins after pressing and refermentingDerek Hamlet
>with sugar/water. Next harvest, after pressing the skins, add tehm
>back to your bucket, add water and sugar and let it go. You should
>be ready to re-press the skins after another week or two.
>--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "AtlantaGor" <atlantagor@a...>
> > Hello,
> > I am new to this group, I have been making wine for awhile now,
> > I just picked up a mini distiller, and am interested in making
> > grappa's brandies, etc.. Haven't had any luck finding out how to
> > a grappa, says in the instructions i received with the unit just
> > water, not very helpfull. I was wondering if anyone could give me
> > some pointers or point me in the direction of some recipes. I
> > purchased the Lore of Ditilling and The Alaskin bootleggers bible,
> > but neither had this info.
> > Thank you in advance.
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