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How Much Wine Can My Scuppernong Grape Juice Make?

Scuppernong Grapes For Making WineHello:

I have almost 4 gallons of Scuppernong grape juice that I've gotten with my
steam juicer this year. I would like to know how to make white wine with it. I was needing to know how much water to add to it. I would like to know what other wine making materials/ingredients I will need. I already have equipment. Can you help me with this.

Thanks Fred


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Dear Fred,

With actual wine grapes you would use 100% juice to make the wine. This means if you have 5 gallons of grape juice, you make 5 gallons of wine. However, this is not the case with Scuppernong grapes. Their flavor is much too strong and acidic to use straight. The Scuppernong juice needs to be diluted with water for these reasons.

Most Scuppernong wine recipes you run across will call for about 30 pounds of grapes to make a 5 gallon batch. This equates to about 2 gallons of juice. This is what I also suggest you try. If you want to get more accurate, you can purchase and Acid Testing Kit and keep diluting the Scuppernong juice until the acidity drops to an acceptable level, say .60% to .70%. On an average season this should take about 3 gallons of water with the 2 gallons of Scuppernong juice.

You will need to add sugar to the juice to keep the sugar level sufficient for an active fermentation. You can add 9 pounds of sugar to a 5 gallon batch as the Scuppernong recipe on our website suggests, or you can use a wine hydrometer to tell you how much sugar is need to produce an acceptable level of alcohol. 

Beyond this you will also need to add 5 teaspoon of Yeast Nutrient, 3/4 teaspoon of Pectic Enzyme and 1 teaspoon of Wine Tannin for a 5 gallon batch, along with a packet of yeast. I might suggest that you look over the section on our website titled "How To Make Homemade Wine". It will give you a good overall run-down of what you need to do to get this batch of wine done successfully.

Best Wishes,
Customer Service at E. C. Kraus
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Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.

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