My girlfriend is a big fan of Pinot Noir, and as a result I decided to go ahead and purchase some concentrated juice.
I purchased two cans of Alexander's Sun Country Concentrates for $19.99 each while I was buying a few more supplies from Midwest Supplies
First, does anyone have a recommended recipe?
Second, would this be much like making any other wine from juice concentrate?
And finally, has anyone tried this variety of concentrates? They seem to have a very reasonable price when compared to some other kits I have seen, and they have a nice variety of both reds and whites available.
EDIT: I've racked this once into a 5 gallon carboy. It's turning out to be fantastic -- very good taste so far.
I used 500 g of raisins to make up for the extra gallon I didn't have to begin with:
Here is the recipe:
2 Cans Alexander's Pinot Noir Concentrate
Ingredients labeled on can for 5 gallon batch (I'll add these here if I can find the can/get a new one)
1 packet Pasteur Red yeast
500 g California Raisins
2 ripe bananas
5.25 gallons water
Mash bananas and mix with one gallon of water. Slowly heat for about 15 minutes, keeping just below boiling but warm enough to cause some steam to slowly waft off.
Place 500 g raisins into blender. Add partial of banana mixture to blender, puree until raisins are well blended. Add back to pot, add one crushed campden tablet, allow to simmer for 20 - 30 minutes, stirring often.
Prepare everything as labeled on can. Add all dry ingredients, except acid blend, to 6 gallon
Add raisin mixture to carboy. Add all liquid ingredients (juice concentrate, water), and stir well. Add 1 cup additional sugar to balance out the additional water, bringing SG to just below 1.10, 1.08 - 1.09
. DO NOT ADD TANNIN. The raisins will take care of this... Add acid blend as needed
During fermentation, you will notice the raisin pieces and seeds floating up and down endlessly, much like a raisin in a glass of champagne, automatically stirring your mixture.
Ferment to 1.00 or 0.98 (near dry). Rack to 5 gallon carboy, as there will be a large amount of sediment created from the raisins.