1 96 oz. can Apricot Wine Base
3 tsp. yeast nutrient
6 tsp. Acid blend
1 tsp tannin
11 lbs white table sugar, or 14 lbs corn sugar
4 1/2 gallons water
4 tsp. Bentonite
2.5 tsp pectic enzyme
1 pack Red Star Cote Des Blanc wine yeast
5 tsp sodium bisulfite solution
1. Sanitize all equipment and utinsels with bisulfite solution (5
tsp sodium bisulfite in 1 cup water.
2. Put straining bag in fermenter, and fruit and tie of bag.
3. Add all ingredients EXCEPT for the last TWO. Stir well to
dissolve sugar. Starting Gravity should be about 1.085-1.090.
4. Cover and let sit overnight to allow SO2 to be released.
5. Sprinkle yeast on top of juice (must). Temperture should be
70-80 deg. F.
6. The next day, stir top half of must. Repeat daily until specific
gravity lowers to 1.040 (4 or 5 days).
7. When gravity reads 1.040 remove bag of fruit. Press and strain
juice from pulp and discard the pulp. Siphon must into secondary
vessel, like a carboy. top up with water to minimize airspace and
8. Siphon wine again in 3-4 weeks when gravity reads 1.010 to
1.000. Add 1 tsp bisulfite solution per gallon of must.
9. After wine is clear (2-3 months) stabilize to prevent renewed
fermentation and sweeten to taste if too dry.
10. Wine can be drunk at this point, but will benefit with aging of
6 months to one year.
3/5/2012 -- Do I have to buy the ingredients necessary to make the wine seperate from the wine base kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Other ingredients required are: acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, campden tablets or bisulfite, potassium sorbate and wine yeast.If you are after an "all-in-one" fruit wine kit, we have those too. See link below.
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order is (800) 850-2739
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Here is a video of our shop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XIHeck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
1/5/2007 -- I'd like to make a Apricot Mead, how much honey would be appropriate to combine with this fruit wine base to make 6 gallons? Also would an additional can of fruit puree to heighten the apricot flavor be better in primary or secondary fermentation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a nice apricot mead, I would use about 9-11 lbs of honey. This will yield a rather high alcohol content, however, probably 13% or so. This would be best for a still (uncarbonated) mead. Technically, meads are called melomels.Yes, an additional can of fruit puree would add more flavor, and also more alcohol, if you want that. It should be added to the primary fermenter.
3/22/2005 -- I'm using Blackcurrants as a fruit base,and having just read the recipe in the Q&A's section and was curious to hear suggestions on the juice concentrations and nutrient type as I was intending to make a heavy one.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't sell a blaccurrant fruit base.
10/10/2004 -- A friend of mine is into making wine at home in his spare time. I asked him what it would take to make me some fruity wines, perhaps a blueberry or blackberry wine. He said I would need a fruit puree enough to make 5 gallons. My main question is this, would I be better off to purchase the Oregan fruit puree or the wine fruit base of my choice? How long does it usually take ship and what forms of payment do you accept?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the fruit wine bases. They are larger than the cans of puree, and are made for wine. A recipe is on each can.Shipping time depends on where you live(?)...typically, ground shipment takes 5-7 business days if you are east of the Mississippi, and less if you are closer to us. We are located in Everett, WA.We accept VISA, Mastercharge, American Expresss, Discover, Paypal, and if you mail your order in we take checks, money orders and even CASH!
8/2/2004 -- i was looking for a plum fruit base & came across your complete package for wine making for fruit bases. does it come with instructions on how much of each ingredient is needed & would i then be able to buy that & then 3 cans of fruit base to make 15 gallons of wine? how much sugar is needed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The fruit bases come with a recipe (instructions) on each can. Recipes (5 gallons)typically call for:one can of fruit base6 cans of water (4.5 gallons)11 lbs of table sugar7 tsp Acid Belnd3 tsp Yeast Nutrient3 tsp Pectic Enzyme1 tsp Tannin5 tsp bisufite solution (potassium bisufite mixed with water)1 pckg wine yeast 2.5 tsp potassium sorbate to stabilize
10/31/2003 -- Instead of ordering your peach wine base, would a large can of peaches from the grocery store work just as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not. Most have been sweetened AND treated with preservatives that would prevent it from fermenting properly.
7/28/2003 -- Even though you say one unit of fruit base will make 5 Gal. if I use one and a half or two units will I get a richer flavor and a fuller body wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely! Just be sure to cut down on the sugar a bit. Shoot for a 1.090 (or so) specific gravity.
6/23/2003 -- Is one unit of base enough to make 5 gallons of wine? What is the cost of shipping?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; along with sugar, yeast etc. For a really FULL flavored wine, we recommend using two cans.The cost of shipping depends on where you live (not available to me) and how you want it shipped. You can determine the shipping cost, however, by adding the item to your online shopping cart, and then clicking on "Determine Shipping and Sales Tax". No sales tax is charged on out of state orders.
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