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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    I hope so. We'll see.
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Update: The jaboticaba wine even before it finished fermenting took on a disappointing brick-brown color. The picture below is the color at 1.010 when I racked to carboy. It looks oxidized, which is weird, because I treated with sulfite prior to pitching the yeast. Smells a lot like cherries...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    1.024. This ferment is taking its time. I started a passion fruit wine the same day, and in the cold basement that wine is at 1.000 today. The jaboticaba wine is in anice warm pantry at probably 75F and it is still lagging. Still fermenting, just taking its time.
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    1.046 this morning. Not moving too fast, but moving.
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Update: Used RC 212. Day 3, pulled the skins and gently pressed. The wine is fairly tannic, and there might be just a bit of bitterness for the first time, so it's a good thing the skins are off. I have just over a gallon volume. Here is the must before yeast, and now: Lots of "slip skins"...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Morning update. SG 1.076 pH 3.04 TA 0.97% I was aiming for more of a dry red style. You can already appreciate some sticky tannins. No bitterness. Thinking of ~7g calcium carbonate to bring those pH/TA numbers more in line with that style, that would be TA of 0.70%. Input welcome. Have not...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Not really familiar with that device, Scooter. I wonder if it wouldn't chew up the seeds leading to bitterness. But I don't know.
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    The numbers... I added 2.2l water. Then 3ml KMS 10%. The initial numbers: pH 3.20 TA 0.83% SG 1.030 So much for acid additions. I added 465g sugar to get SG to 1.070 predicted, but we'll remeasure in the morning and see how much more sugar has been extracted from the berries. Other...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Here is my thawed fruit. Crushing jabo is not like crushing grapes. The skin is thick and each berry makes an audible "pop." It's more like popping bubble wrap. Here is what the "crushed" fruit looks like in the bag. These fruit haven't initially given up nearly as much juice as I thought...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Interesting thought, John. Unfortunately I did not consider that, as I seem to chronically have trouble with color extraction with all types of reds. Using Lallzyme EX has, I'm afraid, kind of become a habit. Right now it doesn't look like much risk, as the must is just a light rosé color. Too...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    I have 3.813kg (8.4#) of fruit. I've decided to make a 1 gallon batch. I don't know how much juice I'll get (and therefore how much volume loss with removal of skins/seeds). I'll assume 50% since I'm pulling the skins earlier than I would with grapes. This means the final wine will be about 50%...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    Jaboticaba fruit is roughly the size of a grape, and the skin imparts a dark red color. But the skin is much thicker than a grape. When eaten, the taste is not unlike a grape, but to me, the skins have some bitterness if chewed. This will impact our winemaking approach. The main acid is citric...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    There have been threads on WMT on jaboticaba wine. https://www.winemakingtalk.com/threads/jaboticaba-wine.35251/ https://www.winemakingtalk.com/threads/jaboticaba-wine-recipe.45793/ https://www.winemakingtalk.com/threads/ausie-gal-making-jaboticaba-wine.67732/...
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    There are some interesting Youtube videos on jaboticaba wine. This is my favorite:
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    The Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread

    I've been collecting this fruit for several years, and today I'm starting the wine. Because this is the Definitive* Jaboticaba Wine Thread, some background is in order. Jaboticaba is a tropical fruit from Brazil. The latin is Plinia cauliflora; it is sometimes known as Brazilian Grape or...
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