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Makes one gallon.

Ingredients:

For a medium body wine:  
6 Grapefruits 6 pints Water
2 -1/4 lbs. Sugar 1 Campden Tablet, crushed
1/4 tsp. Tannin 1 pkg. Champagne Yeast

Keep your acid tester and hydrometer handy. As with all wild fruit the sugar and acid content varies greatly from year to year and even from one location to another. The recipe above is a general recipe to use which, you may have to adjust.

Directions:

Note: Only apples that are firm, ripe and free of any worm damage should be used.

  1. Grate rind from 2 grapefruits; exclude any of the bitter white part.
  2. Peel fruit and separate segments. Place fruit and grated rind in nylon straining bag.
  3. Using the nylon straining bag (fine mesh) squeeze and strain juice into primary fermenter. Tie straining bag and put into primary fermenter.
  4. Add warm water and all remaining ingredients, except yeast. Stir well.
  5. Cover primary fermenter.
  6. Wait 24 hours, then add yeast and re-cover primary fermenter.
  7. Stir daily, check S.G. and press pulp lightly to aid extraction.
  8. When S.G. reaches 1.040 (usually 3-5 days), strain juice from bag. Then siphon juice into glass container and attach airlock.
  9. When S.G. reaches 1.000 (usually about 3 weeks), fermentation is complete. Siphon juice off sediment into clean glass container. Re-attach airlock.
  10. To aid in clearing, siphon again in 2 months and again, if necessary, before bottling.
  11. Allow the wine to age.

To sweeten this wine, at bottling, add 1/2 tsp. stabilizer. Then, add 1/4 to 1/2 lbs. of dissolved sugar per gallon.

 

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