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WAC4504

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Started a new patch of wine yesterday, plum this time, calls for 20 lbs. of plums for 5 gallons. I thought I had it made, I checked off all the ingredients as I put them in the bucket, then I moved it to the spare bathroom where I do the initial 7 day fermentation, and since the last 2 batches of wine lost about 1/2 gallon of head space when I transferred it to the secondary fermentation< I decided to top up early and added 1/2 gallon extra water. After doing so I realized I forgot 1 of the ingredients, the sugar. So now, my 20 lbs. of plums is supporting 7 gallons of wine. My idea is to add 1 gallon of juice to it when I transfer it to the secondary. does any one have a better idea? the SG is 1.1101, so there will be alc. I just don't know about flavor.
 

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SG is fine if you want a strong wine. Plum is a good one for a High ABV but the flavor is the question. 4 lbs per gallon is OK with some fruits but not strong on flavor. Unfortunately now you have 7 gallons with just 20 lbs and that's the bigger issue than a high ABV.
 

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grab 3 frozen plum juice in the frozen aile and dump it in, or blackberry, you can go several ways to increase when i'm told how much fruit to gallon i now double the fruit per pound to to the water, more fruit more fruity taste
just my 2 cents
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the advise. Since most of the plums were pluots/plumcots (apricot plum) I might try apricot. I used EC1118 yeast so hopefully it will ferment out and all I have to do flavor it. One of these days I'll get it right, but till then I'll just keep fixing-up my screw-ups. :ft
 

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You might want to check your s.g. again. If you just added the plums and no sugar if you got over 1.100 they had to be mighty sweet plums. I am thinking the s.g. is probably closer to 1.010. If so, you are going to have to add some sugar to get the s.g. up some. Arne.
 

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No the SG is correct. What happened is that I was in a hurry and not paying attention to what I was doing. After realizing what I did I scooped about 2 gallons of must off into a new bucket (that I had to go to Home Depot to get' cause my others were being used), and being in such a hurry, was not thinking clearly when I added the sugar syrup and it kept reading 10%. By the time I thought about stirring it, it was too late.
 

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