Fresh pineapple wine question

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  1. Sep 24, 2018 #1

    tradowsk

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    I started a 2 gallon batch of pineapple wine at the beginning of July 2018 with ~15lbs of fresh pineapple (without rind). Added white sugar and pectic enzyme and let macerate for a day, then added water and Kmeta, let it sterilize for a day, then added BM 4x4 yeast.

    Primary went fine, I racked to secondary after a week (SG = 1.018). I removed the pineapple chunks and squeezed the juice out of them with cheesecloth and added that to secondary (chunks were discarded).

    My plan is to do 1 gallon semi-dry with just a little sugar added to bring out the fruitiness, and the other gallon will be a sweet porch-sipper.

    But about 2 months secondary ended (SG=0.996), the wine is perfectly clear but is really light in color. Like if I put a sample in a glass, it almost looks like water.

    Also, I know the wine is young right now, but it tastes like fermented pineapple and not like a "wine" if that makes any sense.

    1) Would it be a good idea to use some brown sugar to backsweeten and add a bit of a caramel or grilled pineapple flavor?

    2) Would a longer cold soak and/or extended maceration help with adding more color?

    3) Anything I can do to bump up the color of this batch besides food coloring?

    4) Would it be better to bulk age in the carboy (under an airlock) or should I bottle it for microoxygenation to happen?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 26, 2018 #2

    meadmaker1

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    I would imbrace the color you have and let taste be the focus.
    Perhaps a touch of orange juice would complement the pineapple without interfering with the flavor
    Age should mellow this wine. Follow 3 month racking and kmeta protocol for a year.
     
  3. Sep 27, 2018 #3

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    Thanks for the advice @meadmaker1, just wanted to make sure I wasn't going after a lost cause since I've never done pineapple wine before.
     

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