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Conflicting advice from the internet on proceedure for sweetening wine before bottling. I have stabilized 2 gallons of strawberry, 1/2 oz sorbate per gallon and 1 campden tablet per gallon. Has been sitting in secondary for one week now.. no sign of fermentation. Would like to sweeten the wine to a medium sweet. Info I have been able to research tells me to add about 168grams per gallon.. but researching further I am getting different info. Also purchased a Vinebrite gravity flow filter. Do I filter before adding the sugar? The wine is very clear..maybe not necessary to filter? Would appreciate your expertise. Thanks.
 

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How much to sweeten a wine is personal preference. I use wine conditioner to sweeten rather than sugar, so it is difficult for me to give a suggested starting point.

Many people do not filter their wines. If yours looks very clear, then don't bother. Personally, I would filter after sweeyening, especially if using sugar.

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Thanks C. I guess I am one of the odd fellows here. I dont drink but so far I enjoy making the wine as a retirement hobby. The wine I am making will be gifts. Was thinking that strawberry should be a little sweet rather than a dry wine. Was hoping to find a standard. Wines fermenting now in order are Strawberry, Beet, Blueberry, Peach, Concord Grape, and finally Jalapeno/Habanero/Raisin. Just found this web site a couple days ago and find it quite interesting and informative. Also grandaughter (3 years old) is having fun painting the wine bottles. Kudos to whoever started the site.
 

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Was thinking that strawberry should be a little sweet rather than a dry wine. Was hoping to find a standard.
Strawberry wines are good either way. Sweet or dry.
I prefer mine sweet. There is (luckily) no standard.
Homewinemaking is about making wines they way you like them.
Otherwise we would go out and buy some bottles. :p

Wines fermenting now in order are Strawberry, Beet, Blueberry, Peach, Concord Grape, and finally Jalapeno/Habanero/Raisin.
Two or three years ago I made beet wine from red beets.
It still tastes like eating mud.
Beet wine has to age a very long time before becoming
drinkable. So if you taste it, do not toss it but let it age
for years and years.......

Luc
 
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Thanks Luc.

I do need to aquire a taste for wine so i will have an idea if I am making halfway decent batches or use it for canning. Will have to go to some Wine Tastings in the area.

Have a great day
 
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Thank you all and especially the questioner. I am about to start my first batch of strawberry and was confused by instructions in the recipe to add Sparkolloid, grapejuice concentrate and sweetener. I don't like terribly sweet wines, was hoping for a semi-sweet, and I definitely did not want sparkling as this recipe was starting to sound.
 
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