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joshayogi

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Hello -

Just started a batch with 30 pounds of hand picked Concord grapes.

My starting hydro reading was .060

I don't want a super strong wine - I would like it to be sweeter as well.

If this is what I'm going for: should I just cease the fermentation once it's worked for a little while?

What's the trick here?

I consistently end up with really really strong wine.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong as I follow instructions by the book.

Can anyone help?
 

Julie

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I am assuming you mean 1.060. I would add a little more sugar to bring sg up to 1.080. Let it ferment to dry, then add k-meta and sorbate, then backsweeten. Trying to stop an active fermentation is very difficult and you can never get it the same twice.
 

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Unless you're going to guzzle your wine down in a couple months, you need to get to at least 10% ABV to protect the wine. Starting at 1.060 and assuming it ferments down to .990, you will only have 9.17% alcohol.

You can always make spritzer's later if it has too much alcohol for your liking.
 
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