For 1 pound invert sugar:
- 2 cups finely granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Invert sugar is made by mixing two parts sugar to one part water, adding two teaspoons lemon juice per pound of sugar. This is brought almost to a boil and held there for 30 minutes (do NOT allow to boil). This is poured into a sealable jar, sealed and cooled in refrigerator. This process hydrolizes sucrose into glucose and fructose and speeds fermentation. Invert sugar should NOT be used to sweeten finished wine as it will encourage refermentation.
For larger amounts of invert sugar:
Expand the recipe above to make the amount required by a particular recipe. For example, to make 2-1/2 pounds of invert sugar, use 5 cups sugar, 2-1/2 cups water and 5 tsp lemon juice. Make the invert sugar at least 2 hours ahead of time (to give it sufficient time to cool).
Vino es Veritas,
Jim aka Waldo.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "edbar44" <edbar44@...> wrote:
> I make a syrup with water and add it that way, I have a 30 gallon fermenter, I'm using Black Label Turbo which is good for 13 # of sugar, I stir it every day and it really foams up. Did not convert the sugar but will try that next time.
> Thanks for this advice, will give it a try on my next ferment, been lucky with these turbos, getting good product and my unit 3" X 76" give me good quality and fast. I have two boilers, one 20 gallon for stripping and one 10 gallon for spirit. I use natural gas and have a 70K BTU burner which really gets things going, the 20 gallon starts boiling in about 50 minutes for 50 F
> How much citric acid do you use to convert the sugar?
> I'm going to check out those links.
> Thanks again,