what do you guys think, this is my first vinters harvest wine, not sure if I should go the three gallon or five gallon route. I have montrache, 1116, and 1118 to try out on it. Bump up the SG with sugar if I was to do a five gallon I think.
If you bump up the sg for a 5 gallon, you will have a very weak flavor of wine with a high alcohol taste. Make a 3 gallon and have the sg around 1.080. The alcohol will be around 10% and the flavor will be great.
I would never use a vinters harvest for a 5 gallon unless I was blending it with another fruit.
Now I must disagree. I thought afterwards that I should have done a 3 gallon Plum rather than the 5. But I already started it and feared the whole time it would be weak. It's not weak at all. I did sweeten 3 gallons to 1.018 and 2 gallons semi dry. I used the Lalvin 1118 yeast.
I have never made the plum but I have made the Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Black Currant, Cranberry, Marionberry, Cherry, and the Peach is in the carboy since last fall and that is one is even nthin at 2 cans to a 6 gallon batch. the only one in my opinion thus far that I would consider doung a 5 gallon batch wit one can is the Black Currant as its a very strong flavored fruit and I also think its their best canned base.
Thanks guys, ended up doing the 3 gallon batch, checked my SG and it was 1.010 so decided to dilute with water to 1.09..... looks a little closer to four gallons now, but thats fine by me. I will just put the extra in a one gallon and use for topping up and do the rest in the three gallon. I was almost going to use apple juice instead of water.... next time that sounds like a great idea.