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Old 11-23-2008, 12:00 AM   #1
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I'm a new in this fun hobby... I have a question: I want to have my wine content/ingredients 100% organic. Is using brown sugar OK? I'm a fraid it would change the color of the wine I'm making right now... Any help?

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:13 AM   #2
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Not only will it alter the color it will also
impart some flavors.

I have used brown sugar only in my pumpkin wine.

There are some molasses in the sugar and you would
not want that in a white, blush or weak red.

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Old 11-23-2008, 08:59 AM   #3
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Brown sugar also works well for a strawberry wine.

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I agree that it depends on the wine. The molasses imparts a distinctive flavor (depending of course on how much you add) which I personally enjoy, but in my opinion is only appropriate in wines that would benefit from an earthy, malty-ness. It's certainly worth experimenting to find out if/what you like.

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I also feel complelled to respectively disagree with Luc. He is by far a more experience winemaker than me, but I'm assuming he's saying brown sugar should not be used in lighter colored wines due to the affect it would have on it's color.

For wines that I'm going to enjoy mainly for myself, I personally don't care what it looks like, if it has sediment, etc; I care only about flavor, mouthfeel, aroma, etc. So I would not have a problem experimenting with any kind of grape or wine to see if I like it.

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Old 11-25-2008, 12:31 PM   #6
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I also feel complelled to respectively disagree with Luc.
And you are most welcome to do so.
I even urge you to do so. By disagreeing on topics the most interesting wines can be discovered.

I just read Sacalait's comment and don't you all think that I am not going to try this in the future: strawberries (one of my favorits !!!) and brown sugar.

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I care only about flavor, mouthfeel, aroma, etc. So I would not have a problem experimenting with any kind of grape or wine to see if I like it.
Right on the nose !!
We are making wines because we want our wines to be the best
around.

But I go back to the original question and the question was if brown sugar would impart a color change. And yes it would.

I am still not convinced however that I would want the molasses taste in my wines. I used it in my last years pumpkin wine and was not totally convinced that the brown sugar was a welcome addition.

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Old 12-01-2008, 01:57 AM   #7
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And you are most welcome to do so.
I even urge you to do so. By disagreeing on topics the most interesting wines can be discovered.
What a guy. not only is he very helpful, but humble as well.

its good to see any forum with a member such as you. I am a gamer, and if someone did that on one of the many video game forum, words would fly.

I think a white wine with a hint of brown to the color would kind look Elegant in its own way. And I imagine the texture and taste would be an experience in and of itself.
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Is it not possible to get organic white sugar? White sugar and brown sugar come from the same source only white sugar is refined further to eliminate the molasses content... I'm sure there must be organic white sugar available somewhere.

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Old 12-06-2009, 12:22 AM   #9
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Thanks to all of you for this great advice, which unfortunately I could not use in the time of making my new fruit wine (I lost my password and username for more than 10 months!)

I made the wine and used the organic brown sugar...I belive Luc was right... so far the color is not the one I like...I will let you know when I taste the first patch this Xmass...

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Glad you found your way back here. you could have returned under another name and I would have fund your old info by using your old email addr:

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