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    Default Wine recipes + dried fruit

    This year I'd like to make more of my own wine, but notice that many recipes include sultanas or raisins ... why is it necessary to include these dried fruits / are they essential to the wine making process?
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    It's not essential, but they do add flavour and body to the wine. And also sweetness (sugar).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustylady View Post
    It's not essential
    That's good news as I don't really like either of them!

    Is it adviseable to substitute something else or increase sugar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leicestershirelass View Post
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    It's not essential
    That's good news as I don't really like either of them!

    Is it adviseable to substitute something else or increase sugar?
    You won't actually taste them in the finished wine - after all wine is traditionally made with grapes and raisins are just dried grapes. Experiment if you like but you might find your finished wine is 'thin' and lacking depth of flavour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shirlthegirl43 View Post
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    after all wine is traditionally made with grapes and raisins are just dried grapes.
    Ahhh! hadn't given any thought to logic ....

    Maybe make half with and half without, that way if I don't like taste I've not wasted effort etc.
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    I forgot to say, if you don't want to use raisins/sultanas, you can add grape juice concentrate (which you can get from your homebrew store or Wilkinsons)
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    Wine yeasts were developed to use the fruit sugars found in grapes. They are given sucrose instead in home wines. They do much better, ferment for longer etc. if they get some grape juice or some minced dried vine fruits. Nature's way!
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    They add to the "vinosity" of the wine. Don't ask me to describe what it means as all I can come up with is makes it more "winey". I use a liter to one and half liters of grape juice in mine instead, cheaper than concentrate and pretty much does the same job.

    You also have to remember how old some of those recipes are. Before more scientific work went on for the homebrew side they also added some essential nutrients and vitamins to the must. All of which you can get from the shop in powder or tablet form now.

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