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Sugar wash possibility

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Sugar wash possibility

Postby hoosier shine9 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:06 am

I have been a wine maker for the past 10ish years.
I also like Lemonade, a coupe of years ago I found a recipe for "Skeeter-Pee" but I felt the original recipe was too hit or miss. I had put it "on the back burner" and not tried it.
About 2 weeks ago I found a variation on the original.
I tried it. and it has fermented from 1.080 to 1.000 in a week.
Here is the recipe.

Mix 8 lbs of sugar to 4 gallons of water.
Add 5 tsp of energizer
Add 5 tsp nutrient
Add 1 pack of any wine yeast. (I used EC1118)
After a few hrs it should be started pretty good.
wait till the next morning then add all three bottles of lemon juice or any combo of lemon and whatever juice.
You do not have to stagger the juice additions if you use this method and it will be easy to start every time.

If you left out the lemon juice, I don't know why it could not be used for a neutral.
If I am missing something let me know

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Re: Sugar wash possibility

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:26 am

What size are the bottles of lemon juice? Even if they're small bottles, seems like that much lemon juice would cause a PH crash. Do you anticipate having to add calcium carbonate, or some such, to balance it out?
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Re: Sugar wash possibility

Postby hoosier shine9 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:27 am

S-Cackalacky
The bottles Are the 32oz bottles of Realemon concentrate.
I made this as is for the wine. It worked GREAT for the wine. went from 1.080 to 1.000 in a week

My thought was could you use this recipe(without the lemon) for a Sugar Wash for a neutral?
If made with the lemon would that flavor carry through to final product?
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Re: Sugar wash possibility

Postby sugarcreek » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:04 pm

For the life of me I don't know how this stuff ferments but it certainly does. I have made it twice, both time force carbed in kegs. It's scary good.
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Re: Sugar wash possibility

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:33 am

I would say, go ahead and reflux it as is. Seems like the worse that could happen is that you would have lemon flavored vodka.

Lemon juice is commonly used for adjusting PH. Try it without the 3 bottles and use just enough to adjust the PH to between 5 and 6 (if needed). Do a small batch to see how it goes. Or, just follow a proven sugar wash recipe.

I'm still a little stumped as to how that recipe ferments with all that lemon juice in it. Maybe lemon juice isn't as acidic as I thought.
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Re: Sugar wash possibility

Postby punkin » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:02 pm

I never had a problem fermenting it....

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Re: Sugar wash possibility

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:27 pm

Punkin, your recipe at that link sounds tasty. Learn something new every day.
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