1985 Welches Grape Juice
October 2018 – I recall that I wanted to make grape wine – “real” wine – but had no access to grapes. Welch’s grape juice struck me as the next best thing. Oddly enough, it worked!
Like everything I did from some type of commercial juice drink, the fermentation went in spurts and it never fermented out dry. I suspect that some of the sugars are not fermentable. I’ve noted this in numerous places.
|Fruit||seven 12oz cans Welch’s grape juice|
|Citric Acid||2 tsp|
|Yeast Energizer||2 tsp|
|Yeast Nutrient||2 tsp|
|Yeast||Red Star Flor Sherry|
|1 cup chopped raisins added||05/30/1985
|Afterthoughts||I later noticed that ANYTHING made from any type of processed concentrate (e.g., containing preservatives) didn’t want to ferment out dry. Chances are this is probably just as well … a bit of sugar (or in this case a LOT of sugar) hides a lot of flaws.
BTW — this recipe is my own invention. While I’ve seen a LOT of Welches recipes on the net in recent years, this one predated the WWW by 10 years. I came up with the idea at a time of year when there was nothing to make wine from, and did it. 🙂
This wine was surprisingly drinkable. Given the source material, I’m still surprised, although given that my drinking buddies of the time would probably have drank urine if I had fermented it, I shouldn’t be …