Cherry Fruit Base (96 Ounce) - Vintner's Harvest
Quick OverviewLambert variety cherry which has a black crisp fruit and superb flavor. Recommended Yeast: Vintner's Harvest VR21 Solid packed fruit in their natural juices. Packed in 96 oz tin. Priced...
Vintner’s Harvest Winemaking Process
The following process is to be used in conjunction with the recipes that appear on each can of Vintner’s Harvest products. The recipes may vary slightly with each product. 1. Sanitize all equipment and utensils with sulfite solution. (See below for instructions for making sulfite solution).
2. Put straining bag in fermenter, add fruit and tie off bag (except in the case of Apple and Elderberry which have no fruit pieces).
3. Add all ingredients as directed on can label (excluding those with a * as they will be added later. Add sulfite solution and stir well to make sure sugar is dissolved.
4. Cover with a damp cloth or fine mesh fabric and let sit overnight to allow SO2 to be released.
5. Sprinkle yeast on top of mix. Temperature should be between 70 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Next day, gently stir top half of mix mindful not to stir sediment at bottom. Repeat daily until specific gravity lowers to 1.040 (4 – 5 days).
7. When gravity reads 1.040, remove bag of fruit. Press and strain juice from pulp and discard pulp. Transfer wine into secondary vessel, top up with water to minimize air space. Attach fermentation lock.
8. Transfer wine again (3 – 4 weeks) when gravity reads 1.010 to 1.000. Add 1 teaspoon of sulfite solution per gallon of must.
9. After wine is clear (2 – 3 months) stabilize with Potassium Sorbate to prevent renewed fermentation, sweeten to taste if too dry. Enhance flavor and aroma with natural fruit flavor at this time if desired. Bottle.
10. Wine can be consumed at this point, but will benefit with aging of 6 months to 1 year.
To make a sulfite solution dissolve 5 teaspoons of potassium metabisulphite powder into 1 Cup or 8 ounces of water.
Sulfiting your Wine:Add one liquid teaspoon per gallon of must (unfermented juice) per directions. Sanitizing: Use 1 – 2 teaspoons of liquid solution per gallon of water to sanitize equipment.
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