- Mar 10, 2003Msg 4808 contains errors, so the Modern Grappa Recipe in msg 4804 is
correct (see below).
Pulp (water, sugars, minerals) 82-90%. The actual water content of
grapes is approx. 65-75%.
The grape pomace (vinaccia in Italian) contains about 10% sugar or 5%
alcohol if fermentation has occured. Traditionally equal quantity of
water was added and redistilled in a pot still. A modern grappa
recipe could be based on making a 'false wine', as sugar is
affordable these days, and then distilling as for brandy.
Modern Grappa (4 l or 1 US gallon, adjust to suit pomace quantity)
2 kg grape pomace
4 l water
1 kg sugar
Allow to ferment (about a week), press out the 'false wine' and
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