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The original recipe suggests a hefty 2 lbs of sugar to sweeten 5 gallons of SP. That's more than 6 oz of sugar per gallon and that would likely raise the FG to about 15 points should the SP finish at 1.000. All other things being equal, a wine with an FG of 1.015 is sweet. How sweet do you finish your SP? I prefer mine closer to 1.005 which is about 8 oz of sugar used to backsweeten.
 

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The original recipe suggests a hefty 2 lbs of sugar to sweeten 5 gallons of SP. That's more than 6 oz of sugar per gallon and that would likely raise the FG to about 15 points should the SP finish at 1.000. All other things being equal, a wine with an FG of 1.015 is sweet. How sweet do you finish your SP? I prefer mine closer to 1.005 which is about 8 oz of sugar used to backsweeten.
I use 1 1/3 cups sugar per gallon to back sweeten. I also add more lemon juice after fermentation. As an early drinker, that gives the right ratio of tart to sweet for my taste. However, I haven't aged any long enough to know if that's too much long term. I have a few bottles from my last batch that I am trying to save for aging. This one is a favorite with my friends and family, though, especially with such a hot summer, so it's hard to keep some around!
 

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By my calculations that is a hefty 10 oz per gallon to back sweeten so that should finish the wine at about 1.030... That is tooth tingling sweet.
 

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By my calculations that is a hefty 10 oz per gallon to back sweeten so that should finish the wine at about 1.030... That is tooth tingling sweet.
My last batch ended up being an 8 gallon batch with 192 oz (6 - 32 oz bottles) of lemon juice and 6 gallons of water. On my first batch, after I backsweetened, I found that it tasted like slightly tart sugar water. That's when I decided it needed more lemon.

I probably should look at cutting some of the water with my next batch. I could then cut the sugar and maybe not add extra lemon with less water up front.

Then again, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! 😎
 
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